Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon has called on the city to “prepare for an incredible day” as the final road closure information around the Tour de France was released.
The council is writing to all residents and businesses in properties on the route or on a road that only has access via the route with the final details on how they will be affected and can prepare for Saturday 5 July when the Grand Départ of the world’s largest annual sporting event begins in the city.
The race itself begins at 11.10am outside Leeds Art Gallery and heads along The Headrow before joining the A61 and passing through Scott Hall, Chapel Allerton, Moortown, Alwoodley, Harewood, Arthington, Pool in Wharfedale and Otley and then into the Yorkshire Dales before stage one ends in Harrogate.
Events on the route will begin from approximately 8:30am, when a group of cadet riders are followed by the Tour’s famous publicity ‘caravan’ made up of more than 180 vehicles handing out merchandise and souvenirs to the crowds to help build up the excitement levels at the roadside.
Leeds City Council executive member for leisure and skills Councillor Lucinda Yeadon said:
“The Tour de France Grand Départ is going to be a historic day for Leeds and an amazing event for Yorkshire and these last few weeks are going to get more and more exciting as we count down to July 5.
“We can now tell everyone the final road closure details for the event in Leeds and I would urge everyone to read and follow the guidance carefully so they can decide how they want to make the most of the day or how they can best limit the interruption to their usual routine as for certain it will not be a normal day.”
Roads on and impacted by the route in the city centre will close from midnight on Friday night and reopen at approximately 3pm on Saturday afternoon. Roads from Regent Street to Harewood will close at 4:30am on Saturday morning, reopening at approximately 3pm. Roads from Harewood to the Bradford border on the A660 will close from 5am and reopen at approximately 3pm.
There are some variations to these timings, such as the A61 northbound from the A6120 Ring Road will not close until 6.30am to allow access for car parking to the Harewood Estate only (through movements will be restricted from 4.30am), and the A658 Main Street at Pool in Wharfedale and Crossgate in Otley remaining open until approximately 8am also to provide access for spectator parking.
Official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs offering big screens, facilities and family-orientated activities will be located at Scott Hall Playing Fields and Otley town centre, while there will also be a range of similar facilities and activities on offer at a hub at Pool in Wharfedale and viewing access for the race at Harewood Estate. To help manage the crowds expected at the spectator hub in Otley town centre, surrounding roads will remain closed until approximately 8pm on the Saturday night.
The length of time the roads are closed is required to allow the route to be prepared, infrastructure to be put in place and removed afterwards, the caravan to begin its journey through the stage, the race itself and the safe dispersal of spectators afterwards.
The route of the Tour needs to be clear of vehicles so on-street parking on Cookridge Street, Calverley Street, Great George Street, Portland Crescent, Portland Gate, Percival Street and Rossington Street surrounding the startline in the city centre will be suspended from 5am on Friday 4 July, with the rest of the route needing to be clear from 7pm on Friday night. Any vehicles left on the race route when the road closes risk being towed away.
Pedestrian access will be available after the roads close through stewarded crossing points, while access along the route will be possible for those on bikes or walking up to 30 minutes before the publicity caravan arrives, which is around two hours before the race itself.
Through movements in the city centre will not be permitted and very limited access from the Inner Ring Road (A58M motorway section) will be available. Some car parks in the city centre will be closed and others will have limited access. Park and ride will be in operation from Elland Road and Temple Newsam from 5:30am to 8pm offering regular loop services into the city centre. Parking will be free, adult return fare £3 (to include two children under 16), £1.50 for unaccompanied children, older people and disabled people.
The full road closure details and travel and transport information for Leeds including links to rail information and bus timetables, which are due out in early June, can be seen at leeds.gov.uk/granddepartleeds.
Adult social care providers will be contacting service users directly about how care will be provided on and around race day to ensure a minimum of disruption, while local NHS and public health teams are encouraging people to ensure they have up-to-date prescriptions and medication to cover the race weekend. Organisers have also ensured that should any emergency arise on the day full ‘blue light’ access will be available along the route.
Each of the official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs in Leeds will feature dedicated viewing areas for spectators with disabilities with associated car parking and disabled toilet facilities. There will also be viewing for disabled spectators near the start line in Leeds city centre which will need to be pre-booked. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
For those who normally have bins collected on Saturday, the council will be writing to residents to inform them of alternative collections which will take place instead on Friday 4 July or Sunday 6 July. As a result bins are requested not to be left out on the Saturday.
Business engagement in the city for businesses directly impacted by the route or those looking to maximise the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the Tour de France offers has seen Leeds City Council host a series of free business workshops. Two more are planned on June 11 and June 17 from 3-5pm at the White Cloth Gallery and are open to all business to attend by registering at www.bit.ly/1lFsTf2
A business toolkit has also been produced related to the Tour which can be downloaded from www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business%20Toolkit.pdf
The opening three stages of the 2014 Tour de France in England are expected to attract several million spectators to watch the race, bringing in more than £100million to the economy while also being seen by a television audience in the hundreds of millions across the world.
Councillor Yeadon added:
“The extensive media attention the Grand Départ has already received is an indication of what a truly major global event this is and as a city we should be very proud to be welcoming the world to Leeds. We realise that for some people it may cause some inconvenience to their routine but we have worked exceptionally hard to try and minimise that disruption.
“For anyone not sure of whether this event is for them I would encourage them to get involved and watch it. The Tour de France is much more than a bike race – it is a real spectacle and for years to come people in Leeds and beyond will be saying ‘I was there’, so be a part of this fantastic event and make the most of an amazing day.”
For all the latest Tour de France information for Leeds visit www.leeds.gov.uk/granddepartleeds
For the latest news on Yorkshire’s Grand Départ, including a route journey planner which will be available from early June, visit letouryorkshire.com
Notes to editors:
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 on Monday 7 July.
Complete road closure information for Leeds can be seen in the information and table below.
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Tour de France 2014 Grand Départ – Leeds road closure details
City Centre to Regent Street
• The Headrow and Eastgate will be closed from just after midnight on Friday 4July. This will mean that through and cross movements that would ordinarily use these roads will not be available from then.
• The roads around Millennium Square will be closed to traffic from midnight.
• On-street parking on Calverley Street, Great George Street, Cookridge Street, Rossington Street, Percival Street, Portland Crescent and Portland Gate will be suspended from 5am on Friday 4 July.
• Roads in the city centre expected to re-open by 1500 hrs on Saturday 5 July.
Regent Street to A6120 Leeds Ring Road
• On Saturday 5 July the A61 from Regent Street to the A6120 Ring Road will be closed from 0430 hrs. Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 1500 hrs.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along the race route from 1900 hrs on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the road closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 0430 hrs risk being towed away.
• The southbound carriageway of the A61 will also be closed. Vehicles parked here are done so at the owners’ risk.
• The A6120 Ring Road will be closed both ways at the junction with the A61whilst the road closures are in operation.
• Business at Nortech Close (at Sheepscar) will have access available only from Roundhay Road with egress via a revoked one way and back to Roundhay Road.
A6120 Leeds Ring Road to Harewood
• The A61 northbound from the A6120 Ring Road will be closed from 0630 hrs to allow access to event parking at Harewood Estate only (through movements will be restricted from 0430 hrs).
• The A61 from Wyke Lane to Harewood Bridge will be closed from 0430 hrs. Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 1500 hrs.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along this section of the race route from 1900 hrs on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 0430 hrs risk being towed away.
• In respect of the section of Harrogate Road between Alwoodley Lane and the A6120 Ring Road, the southbound carriageway will also be closed. Vehicles parked here are done so at the owners’ risk.
Harewood House to the Bradford border on the A660
• The A659 will be closed from its junction with theA61 Harrogate Road through Arthington, Pool-in Wharfdale and Otley (via Ilkley Road) and then the A660 from Bradford Road towards Burley in Wharfedale from 0500 hrs
• From 0500hrs the following roads will be closed: Weardley Lane; the A659 from its junction with the A61 Harrogate road through Arthington, Pool-in-Wharfedale and Otley to the old Ilkley Road; the old Ilkley Road from the A659 to the A660 and the A660 from the Bradford Road Roundabout to the Bradford boundary and beyond to facilitate the race.
• Vehicles will not be permitted back on to the race route until the closures have been lifted after the race at approximately 1500 hrs.
• Generally, on-street parking will be prohibited along the race route from 1900 hrs on Friday 4 July until the closures have been lifted after the race. Residents are advised to move vehicles to a suitable place away from the race route if they need to use them during the closure period. Any vehicles left on the race route after 0500 hrs risk being towed away.
• In Pool-in-Wharfedale the A658 Main Street will remain open until approximately 0800 hrs on Saturday 5 July to provide access to the spectator car parking. It will open again as soon as possible after the race has passed.
• In Otley Kirkgate, Manor Square and Courthouse Street will also close for the set-up of the Spectator Hub at 0500 hrs. Access across the race route will be maintained via Crossgate and Wesley Street until approximately 0800 hrs. It will open again as soon as possible after the race has passed. The roads closed for the Spectator Hub in the centre of Otley will remain closed until 2000 hrs at the latest. Residents on Ilkley Road will be provided with alternative parking in the Wharfebank Business Centre.
The requirement to ensure that traffic can flow towards the race route and other spectator points, means that there will be additional prohibitions on parking. The roads where there will be parking restrictions are shown in the table below.
|Road Name||Closure information|
|Buslingthorpe Lane||The whole|
|Savile Mount||The whole|
|Potternewton Lane||The whole|
|Stainbeck Lane||Stainbeck Road to Harrogate Road|
|King Lane||Stonegate road to Harrogate Road|
|Street Lane||Stonegate Road to Harrogate Road|
|Stonegate Road||Street Lane to Harrogate Road|
|A6120 Ring Road||King Lane to Park Lane|
|Alwoodley Lane||Sandmoor Lane to Harrogate Road|
|Wigton Lane||Harrogate Road to Manor House Lane|
|A659 Otley Road||Weardley Lane to A61 Harrogate Road|
|King Lane||Alwoodley Lane to Arthington Road|
|Eccup Lane||King Lane to Weardley Lane|
|Weardley Lane||Eccup Lane to Harewood Entrance|
|Arthington Road||King Lane to Blackhill Road|
|Blackhill Road||The whole|
|Kings Road||A660 Leeds Road to Arthington Road|
|Creskeld Lane||Creskeld Drive to A659 Arthington Lane|
|A658 Pool Bank New Road||The whole|
|Old Pool Bank||The whole|
|A658 Harrogate Road||Main Street to Castley Lane|
|Crow Lane||The whole|
|Side Copse||Crow Lane to Bremner Street|
|Bremner Street||Side Copse to southern end|
|Wesley Street||The whole|
|North Parade||Wesley Street to Cattle Market Street|
|Cattle Market Street||The whole|
|Bridge Street||Cattle Market Street to Billams Hill|
|West Busk Lane||The whole|
|Duncan Avenue||The whole|
|Westbourne Grove||The whole|