New travel map reveals final Le Tour road closures and transport advice


A new interactive map showing final road closure information and travel guidance for the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France has been released today.

The map showing all of the road closures and supporting travel information for the opening two stages of the Grand Départ in Yorkshire on July 5-6 and the first part of stage three from Cambridge to the M25 on July 7 is now live and can be seen at letouryorkshire.com/travel

Produced by TdFHUB2014 Ltd working with local authorities and travel providers, Welcome to Yorkshire and leading traffic management software provider ELGIN, the map shows road closure times at any point along the Tour route as well as the nearest event car parking.

Travel advice to access official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs and special race zones such at Holme Moss and the Buttertubs Pass is also provided to help spectators plan for the Tour.

From early in June, the system will also provide a fully integrated public transport journey planner, allowing spectators to plan where they want to watch the world’s largest annual sporting event and how they can get there.

Throughout the race weekend itself the interactive map will reflect all the latest real-time traffic information, giving spectators the very latest travel advice and information.

Traffic information provider INRIX will also be part of the traffic management team for the event, ensuring sat-navs, car radio traffic systems, national and local radio traffic and travel updates offer the latest information to help the expected crowds in the millions travel to and from the race as efficiently as possible.

From today, spectators can also now for the first time see full road closure information and travel guidance across the entire route of all three opening stages of the race, as the information for the finale of stage three from Cambridge to London on July 7 was issued this week by Transport for London, who are overseeing the race into the capital.

An extensive programme of public engagement and communication around the arrival of the Tour de France in the capital is now underway similar to that developed during the London 2012 Olympics, to help businesses and the public plan and get around on the day and make the most of the event. The information for London can be seen now at tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance

The interactive map is available through letouryorkshire.com/travel and will show all the information for road, rail and bus access to the Tour. It can also be accessed on smartphones, tablets and any internet-enabled computer.

Chief executive of TdFHUB2014 Ltd Nicky Roche said:

“The new interactive map looks good and offers everything spectators need to be able to plan their journeys to watch the Tour de France.

“We are delighted to be working with ELGIN and INRIX on this project, and together we can keep everyone updated with the very latest information to help them have a great time over what will be an amazing three days.”

Managing Director of ELGIN James Harris said:

“ELGIN is very excited to be working with TDFHUB2014 on this high-profile project which provides such a great opportunity to demonstrate the potential for communicating live traffic interruptions to the travelling public.

“This will be a first for a large-scale public event; changes to interruptions such as road closures will be managed on race day by the professionals from multiple agencies who are actually managing the traffic, and made available in real-time via our detailed map which racegoers can access via smartphones and tablets.”

INRIX Media Director of Operations Peter Lees said:

“INRIX Media is pleased to be supporting TdFHUB2014 Ltd, working closely with them to ensure that traffic and travel advice for spectators both in planning their journey and right across the three opening stages is as accurate and timely as possible.”

For all the latest news on the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France including travel and transport visit letouryorkshire.com

For the stage three information for London visit tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance

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Notes to editors:

1. In 2014, the Tour de France returns to the UK for three stages. The Yorkshire Grand Départ comprises two stages - Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield - before the Tour moves south for a third stage from Cambridge to London.

- Saturday 5th July - Stage One: Leeds - Harrogate: 190km (118 miles)

- Sunday 6th July - Stage Two: York - Sheffield: 200km (125 miles)

- Monday 7th July - Stage Three: Cambridge - London 155km (96 miles)

2. TdFHUB2014 Ltd is a not-for-profit company set up by UK Sport to co-ordinate the Government’s budget and the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Départ in the UK. It is based in Leeds and will be dissolved after the Tour.

TdFHUB2014 Ltd’s board includes representation from Yorkshire and Cambridge local authorities, British Cycling, Transport for London and UK Sport. The board is chaired by Sir Rodney Walker, the former chair of UK Sport, and is joint vice-chaired by Councillor Keith Wakefield, the Leader of Leeds City Council, and Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.

3. There are three separate budgets to support planning for the three English stages of the Tour, which total £27m. The budgets are held by local authorities, TdFHUB2014 Ltd and Transport for London. TdFHUB2014 Ltd manages the £10 million of Government support.

4. The Tour de France Grand Départ will form part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, an ambitious programme to bring up to 70 world-class sporting events to the UK by 2019 to help build on the outstanding success of London 2012. http://www.uksport.gov.uk/pages/gold-events-series/

For further media queries contact:

Roger Boyde TdFHUB2014 Ltd on 07891 270 580 or email roger.boyde@tdfhub2014ltd.co.uk