New map charts Sheffield Tour de France travel

Chris Froomein last year's Tour
Chris Froomein last year's Tour
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Spectators gearing up for the Tour de France in Sheffield can get a clearer picture of travel on the day with a new online map.

The interactive facility has been released as this weekend marks just one month until the world-famous cycling event arrives in the city.

It shows final road closure information, car parking and travel guidance, for the entire Grand Depart across Yorkshire on July 5 and 6, as well as the first part of stage three from Cambridge to the M25.

On the race weekend itself it will feature ‘real time’ traffic information.

Nicky Roche, chief executive of TdFHUB2014 Ltd, which produced the map, said: “The new interactive map offers everything spectators need to be able to plan their journeys to watch the Tour de France.

“Together we can keep everyone updated with the very latest information to help them have a great time.”

The system will also soon provide an integrated public transport planner.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive has now placed details of public transport on the day on its own website.

Roads connected to the route in Sheffield are expected to be closed for a minimum of 12 hours.

In Barnsley, roads including Mortimer Road, Gilbert Hill and Windle Edge, will be closed from midnight.

Organisers say this length of road closures is needed to prepare the route, give access to the race for the Tour publicity caravan as well as cyclists and removal of race infrastructure.

Around 35 bus services will be disrupted by the day - the majority of which are in the north of Sheffield. Services from Barnsley will not continue beyond Penistone.

Extra transport services are also being laid on.

There will be a tram every four minutes from the city centre to Meadowhall, so visitors can travel to the Stage Two finish line.

The Penistone Lines service will be increated from the normal two hourly train to one every 45 minutes.

And extra buses will bring people to the city from outlying areas.

But cycles will still not be allowed on buses or trams, although there is limited space on trains.

David Young, deputy interim director general, said: “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 July 6.

“We are also urging those that don’t plan to watch the cycle race, but need to travel, to check for changes to journeys in advance.”

The interactive map, which also involved councils, travel providers, Welcome to Yorkshire and traffic management provider ELGIN, is now available at letouryorkshire.com/travel.

Visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com for details of public transport services.