THE network of road closures around the city has been extended to try and keep visitors to the gala safe.

Vehicles and bicycles are not allowed on the following roads between 6am and 8pm on Saturday: Framwellgate Bridge, Silver Street, Market Place, Saddler Street, Owengate, North and South Bailey, Dun Cow Lane, Bow Lane, Elvet Bridge, New Elvet Bridge, Territorial Lane, Green Lane, Elvet Waterside, Court Lane, Elvet Crescent, Old Elvet, New Elvet and Pelaw Leazes to Baths Bridge.

Church Street, Hallgarth Street and Whinney Hill will also be closed to vehicles but some residential access only will be maintained when possible.

Road closures have also been extended to include Claypath, the eastbound slip road from the A690 to Claypath, North Road, Milburngate, Crossgate between 6am and 8pm.

Parts of North Road, Flass Street and Sutton Street will be closed between 6am and 10am and again between 3pm and 8pm.

There will be a temporary taxi rank in place on the north side of the road between Prince Bishops roundabout and Next until 8pm.

Access to Claypath will not be permitted from the Prince Bishops Car Park side until 8pm.

An additional restriction sees parking banned from 6pm on Friday, July 12 in New Elvet, Old Elvet, Prison Green and Green Lane. These roads need to be kept clear of all vehicles until 8pm on Saturday.

This parking measure was brought in after a number of cars had to be towed away in previous years.

Police found several owners had parked up before enjoying a night out in the city and then returned the next day expecting to pick up their vehicles.

Any vehicles remaining in the Elvet area after 6pm on Friday may be removed by the police under the Contract Vehicle Recovery Scheme.

It will cost owners a recovery fee plus any storage charges to get their vehicles back.