Yorkshire gears up for the Tour de France

Yorkshire gears up for the Tour de France

Official Tour de France vehicles on the quayside of P&O’s Zeebrugge Terminal at the Port of Hull

This year’s Tour de France gets underway in Leeds on Saturday (yes, Yorkshire beat off all challengers) before heading to Harrogate, York and Sheffield over the weekend – taking in well-known locations such as Harewood House, Haworth and Holmfirth along the way.  Then on Monday the race starts again in Cambridge and finishes in central London.

As with all major sporting occasion, motorists can expect road closures and serious delays in cities towns, and villages, with tens of thousands of spectators expected to line the routes.

With this in mind, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has warned freight operators to expect congestion and increased journey times in affected areas.  It will also be providing real-time traffic information over the three days.

“This important sporting event will undoubtedly bring disruption to the UK road network this weekend, particularly on the Yorkshire legs and then onwards from Cambridge to London on Monday 7th July,” explained Malcolm Bingham, FTA's Head of Policy for the North of England.

“The freight industry has been working hard to plan around the road closures to help ensure that deliveries will be made as close to normal as possible.  FTA will be supporting the industry and is providing real time traffic information via its website (www.fta.co.uk) and to association members via email during the three British stages.”

Earlier this week, 80 Tour de France support vehicles embarked at Associated British Ports’ Port of Hull en route to the ‘Grand Départ’ in Leeds.  The convoy arrived in ‘God’s Own Country’ via P&O Ferries’ Zeebrugge and Rotterdam services, carrying vital spares and catering equipment, as well as some of the race officials.

In welcoming the party, which included Cyrille Tricart, Head of Operations for the Tour de France, to the UK City of Culture 2017, the Lord Mayor of Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Mary Glew, said: “I’m so proud to be able to offer a warm welcome to the Tour de France, and I’m equally proud that Hull is the first Yorkshire city to welcome a contingent of Tour de France vehicles and officials.”