Delays to Sheffield spectator app’s release

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A spectator app to give visitors real time information about the Tour de France is still to be released – less than a week before the event.

The Tour de Sheffield app was due to be put out in June, but was still offline at the end of last week.

Marketing Sheffield said it was making ‘final improvements’ to the programme.

A spokesman said: “We have been working hard with our supplier to ensure the spectator app for the Grand Depart in Sheffield provides spectators with all the useful and timely information they need.

“We are making some final improvements and aiming to release it at the end of this month ahead of Stage two of the race arriving in Sheffield.”

Spectators can find travel advice and information for the Grand Départ from a new dedicated Twitter account.

The account, at @TdFYorksTravel, provides the latest information from bus and rail operators plus guidance on roads over race weekend. It will also issue messages when the expected most popular locations on the route become busy and full.

More than 120,000 people have used an interactive map to plan their journeys at letouryorkshire.com/travel. Both were created by organisers TdFHUB2014.

Sir Rodney Walker, TdFHUB2014 chairman, said: “We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of choosing the appropriate spot you would like to watch from and planning carefully how to get there.”