Spectators urged to plan now for the Tour De France


DETAILS of how you can use public transport to see the world’s most famous bicycle race come through South Yorkshire have been placed online.

For the first time ever, the Tour de France is due to ride through South Yorkshire on Sunday 6 July. Transport bosses are urging spectators to allow plenty of time for their journey and plan their route ahead using online tools and information at travelsouthyorkshire.com and the interactive map available at letour.yorkshire.com/travel.

Residents and businesses in the west of Barnsley and north of Sheffield are also being encouraged to plan race day journeys in advance, as road closures for the race will mean widespread changes to the region’s bus services.

The Tour De France starts on Saturday 5 July with the Grand Depart and first stage running 190km from Leeds to Harrogate. Stage two is on Sunday 6 July with the 200km route running from York to Sheffield.

Stage 2 of the Yorkshire Grand Depart will enter Barnsley via the A6024 Woodhead and Peak District area. The riders will make their way past Salter’s Brook Bridge, along the A628 over the Flouch roundabout, and through Langsett on the A616.

The Grand Depart then enters Sheffield at Midhopestones, taking in High Bradfield, Worrall, Oughtibridge, Grenoside, Hillsborough, Wincobank and the Lower Don Valley, before finishing at Attercliffe near the Motorpoint Arena.

Extra public transport services will be put in place for those travelling to watch the race, including an enhanced Supertram service and improved capacity on the South Yorkshire rail network.

Roads on and connected to the route in Sheffield are anticipated to be closed for a minimum period of twelve hours, with most expected to close between 7.30am and 7.30pm. Roads on the race route in Barnsley, including Mortimer Road, Gilbert Hill and Windle Edge, will be closed from midnight on Saturday 5 July.

Road closures for this period are needed to allow the route to be prepared, infrastructure to be put in place, the Tour’s publicity ‘caravan’ of vehicles and cyclists to pass through the stage, and the safe dispersal of spectators and infrastructure after the race.

The Tour De France is the world’s third biggest sporting event after the Olympics and the World Cup. There will be a global TV audience of around 3 billion and it is expected that over two million spectators will line the route in the UK, with over 250,000 spectators expected along the Stage 2 route. Sheffield will host a number of spectator hubs and a four day event in the city centre.

David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “The Tour De France is a fantastic event for our region. Together with our partners, we are working hard to make it is as easy as possible for those that want to watch the race to get to their chosen viewing spot by public transport on 6 July.

“Details of services that will be running on race day are now online at travelsouthyorkshire.com so that people can plan ahead to find their best travel option, and enhanced tram and train services will be in place with extra journeys to and from the event.

“Due to widespread road closures, bus services that operate on or around the race route will be subject to significant changes and some disruption. So we are also urging those that don’t plan to watch the cycle race, but need to travel on Sunday 6 July, to check for changes to their regular journey or route in advance.”

Spectators planning on taking their bike on the train should check with the train operating company beforehand as capacity for bicycles is limited. Cycles are not permitted on South Yorkshire’s buses and trams.

Live public transport service updates will be available on 6 July:
• Online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/Tour-de-France
• At letour.yorkshire.com/travel
• On Twitter @TravelSYorks
• Via the interactive kiosks at Travel South Yorkshire interchanges