Get in gear for Le Tour in Sheffield

Graffiti on Penistone Road, above High Bradfield, Sheffield.
Graffiti on Penistone Road, above High Bradfield, Sheffield.
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Hundreds of thousands of people are being urged to ‘plan now’ as the scale of massive disruption to hit Sheffield for the Tour de France is outlined for the first time.

Road closures will last for up to 36 hours and public transport services to the north of the city will be halted as Sheffield is divided by the race route.

Extra staff will be stationed at travel interchanges and every available Supertram will be in service in a bid to cope with the estimated minimum 250,000 visitors on Sunday, July 6.

Letters are being sent to 17,000 residents living close to Tour route outlining the disruption amid fears people in Fox Hill will be trapped in their communities.

Gary Clifton, major events and Tour de France manager at Sheffield Council, said: “I think this is the biggest event to ever hit Sheffield, or that is ever likely to. I would absolutely tell people to plan now. I guarantee that on the morning of the race someone will still wake up and say they didn’t know the Tour de France was happening.”