Sheffield road closure details for the Tour de France Grand Depart have been issued and there’s a new Twitter account to offer travel advice on the day.
A new dedicated Twitter account, @TdFYorksTravel, has been set up to offer official Tour de France Grand Départ travel advice.
It offers guidance ahead of the race which starts in Leeds on Saturday, July 5, then Sheffield on July 6, before moving south for stage three from Cambridge to London on July 7.
During the event weekend, @TdFYorksTravel will offer the latest information from bus and rail operators plus guidance on the roads in order to help spectators manage their journeys to and from the race.
An innovative partnership with traffic information provider INRIX will enable the account to offer real-time updates on the latest travel and transport position throughout the region.
It will also issue messages when the expected most popular locations on the route are becoming busy, filling up and full to capacity.
To further help spectators plan their day, an interactive map at letouryorkshire.com/travel is now fully live.
The map shows all of the road closure times at any point along the Tour route plus advice on how to access official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs and likely popular viewing locations to help spectators plan for the Tour.
Throughout the race weekend itself the interactive map letouryorkshire.com/travel will reflect all the real-time traffic information, giving spectators the very latest travel advice and information. It can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and any internet-enabled computer.
The Twitter account and interactive map have been produced by TdFHUB2014 Ltd, 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 has been working with local authorities and travel providers, Welcome to Yorkshire, ELGIN, and INRIX.
Chair of TdFHUB2014 Ltd Sir Rodney Walker said: “The Twitter account is another important way of keeping spectators up to date with all the latest travel and transport information so it would be very useful for anyone looking to attend the race to follow it.
“The interactive map is now fully live and offers all of the information at your fingertips to plan your Tour and will be the place to look for the latest travel and transport updates. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of choosing the appropriate spot you would like to watch from, planning carefully how to get there and everything you will need to be comfortable in that location all day.
“We would ask too that people remember to switch on their automatic travel updates in their cars and on satnavs to stay up to date with the latest information to help them have an amazing time.”
* Information for stage three, which is being managed by Transport for London, can be seen at tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance.
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