A new interactive map has been launched by Tour de France organisers to help the region plan ahead for a one-off weekend.
The comprehensive online map details all road closures, diversions, traffic restrictions and live incidents as well as official spectator hubs, the race route itself and parking facilities across Yorkshire on July 5 and 6.
Produced by the Government’s TDFHUB2014 Ltd working with local authorities, Welcome to Yorkshire and traffic management software provider ELGIN, the map is designed to allow residents and visitors to the region to plan for Le Tour.
From early 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 this summer.
Traffic information provider INRIX will also help to ensure sat-navs, car radio traffic systems, national and local radio traffic and travel updates offer the latest information to aid an expected 3m visitors to Yorkshire on Grand Depart weekend.
TDFHUB2014 Ltd chief executive 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.”
The development comes after the final road closure announcements were made ahead of the summer spectacle, with roads in Leeds city centre expected to close for up to 15 hours and others in cities such as Sheffield locked down for up to 36 hours.
The world’s greatest cyclists will ride the 190km stage one of Le Tour from Leeds to Harrogate on July 5, before cycling from York to Sheffield the following day, and Cambridge to London on day three.
Managing director of ELGIN, James Harris, said: “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 race-goers can access via smartphones and tablets.”
An extensive programme of public engagement and communication around the arrival of the Tour de France in the capital is also 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 interactive map is available at 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.