The precise route King Richard III’s cortege will follow through Leicestershire has been published today (Monday).
The 15-mile journey includes a number of county towns and villages and takes place on Sunday, 22 March, as part of the week-long reinterment events.
The King’s remains, transported by a hearse, will stop at Dadlington at 1.20pm, and Sutton Cheney at 1.55pm, before travelling to Leicestershire County Council’s Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre for a service at 2.30pm.
The cortege will then visit Market Bosworth at 3.40pm before passing through Newbold Verdon at 4pm, and Desford at 4.10pm, on its way into Leicester.
From today, around 27,000 maps containing important information and advice are being sent to residents and businesses along the route, and signs will be put up.
County council leader Nick Rushton said: “This is a unique historic occasion designed to give King Richard III the dignified burial he was denied over 500 years ago.
“The events will have a global audience and we’re delighted that Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Leicestershire are playing central parts.
“Given the size of the event, traffic disruption is inevitable so we’d urge people to heed travel advice and to plan ahead.”
The route map and FAQs are available at: www.leics.gov.uk/king_richard
Travel and event advice is below:
- Rolling road closures, parking restrictions and diversions will be in place – we’re putting up signs but traffic disruption is inevitable so please allow more time for journeys and plan ahead
- If you want to see the cortege, find a safe space in one of the larger places on the route such as Market Bosworth or Leicester, and avoid Dadlington and Sutton Cheney where space and parking is extremely limited
• To find out more, visit: www.leics.gov.uk/king_richard or follow @LeicsCountyHall and @KRIIILeicester on Twitter