This is an archived press release
Thursday 26 June 2014
A new dedicated Twitter account has been set up to offer official travel advice and information for the Tour de France Grand Départ.
The account @TdFYorksTravel is now live offering guidance ahead of the race which starts in Leeds on Saturday July 5 and cycles through the Peak District National Park on its way to Sheffield on Sunday July 6.
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.
The account 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, the interactive map at www.letouryorkshire.com/travel is now fully live and provides:
- Live traffic information with real-time updates to make travelling spectators aware of any incidents on the roads
- Full journey planner functionality now available, including all public transport options and how best to travel from any location to any point on the route
- Information on all event car parking and park and ride services to access the route and useful travel advice to access key locations
The Twitter account and interactive map have been produced by TdFHUB2014 Ltd working with local authorities and travel providers, Welcome to Yorkshire, ELGIN, and INRIX.
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 www.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.
Jenny Waller, the Peak District National Park Authority's co-ordinator for the Tour de France, said: "The Twitter account is another important way of keeping spectators up to date with all the latest travel and transport information so it will be 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 emphasise strongly enough the importance of choosing the appropriate spot you would like to watch the race 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."
For all the latest news on the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France including travel and transport visit www.letouryorkshire.com