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Preparing the District

  • Identified fivekey areas along the route - Masham, Ripon, Harrogate, Knaresborough and Starbeck
  • Big Screens will be located in these areas during the weekend. – operational for 48 hours
  • Team TDF champions supporting this community driven activity
  • Official Grand Départ Spectator Hubs Recently announced
  • Tour De France Fan park – Harrogate (West Park) and
  • Knaresborough
  • Also supporting a large volume of other opportunities
  • Car Parking / Camping
  • Themed Events
  • Cultural Activities – 100 day festival now underway
  • Cycling Legacy


  • Big screen
  • Family entertainment
  • Beer tents /festival
  • French & local markets
  • Live music
  • Car parking, camping & motorhome facilities
  • North Stainley – Including Lighwater Valley:
  • Over 1,000 camping pitches
  • Day & evening entertainment
  • Big screen
  • Village activities and BBQ


  • Spectator hub in the city centre
  • Big Screens/open air cinema
  • Family activities
  • French & farmers’ markets
  • Evening activities and entertainment
  • Car parking, camping & motorhome parking within the area
  • Activities at the Golf Club and Tennis Centre
  • Race Meeting at the Race Course on the Monday following
  • Ripley:
  • Facilities for over 3000 units camping and caravanning
  • Car parking
  • Corporate hospitality
  • French market
  • Day and evening entertainment
  • Gala Dinner
  • Big screens


  • Existing Hotels and campsites fully booked
  • Temporary car parking
  • Camping
  • Bunk barns
  • Harrogate…
  • Day 2:
  • Green Hammerton:
  • Parking
  • Camping
  • Village entertainment
  • Knaresborough:
  • Official Grand Départ Spectator Hub
  • Big Screen
  • Market
  • Day and evening entertainments
  • Local temporary camping and car parking


  • Spectator Hub on Belmont Field
  • Family entertainment
  • Big Screen
  • Other events impacting on the Harrogate district:
  • CampbikoDeershed Festival Site, Baldersby ,Topclife
  • Parking and camping, big screen, beer tent
  • Ripon Cathedral – Annual Beer Festival
  • Pop Up Pateley Campsite – Camping entertainment, big screen
  • NidderdaleBikefest – Birstwith Strawberry Farm
  • Camping, entertainment, live music
  • Harewood House Festival of Cycling
  • 25,000 Capacity, Camping, Entertainment, Music Concert

Stray Prep Works start weekend previous

ASO arrival on 2/07/14

ASO installations begin 03/07/14

Final installation works 05/07/14

Media Centre – operational on 05/07/14

Developing plans for Spectator Hub on Crescent Gardens

Post event the ASO infrastructure will leave Harrogate on 05/07/2014


Tour De France

Official Fan Park

  • TDF Fan park operational for 4 days 03 – 06 July
  • Installation on 02/07/14
  • Site goes live by showing the Team Presentation 04/07/14
  • Activities Include:
  • Big screen
  • Stage/live performances
  • French food markets
  • Hospitality
  • TDF Museum
  • Interactive activities
  • Family area

Local Opportunities:

Food/retail opportunities (Market type stalls)

Contact Foodies –

Sue Hitchen -

0131 226 7766

For other opportunities please contact:

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tour d e france 2014 the traffic management plan

Tour de France 2014The traffic management plan

Harrogate Business Networking Event

1 April 2014

2 predicted spectator numbers
2. Predicted spectator numbers
  • Up to 1 million in North Yorkshire over the race weekend
  • Harrogate 100,000
  • Ripon 30,000
  • Knaresborough 30,000
3 logistics of managing that many vehicles
3. Logistics of managing that many vehicles
  • 500+ junction closures
  • 20km+ of crowd barriers
  • 5000+ signs
  • 37 temporary traffic signal sites
  • 500+ traffic management marshals
  • Traffic management deployed as far as A1 (M), A66 and M6
the reality is
The reality is…

This will not be a normal weekend.

key principles
Key principles
  • We need to make sure that the route is fully prepared and clear for the race – restricting vehicle access and prohibiting parking.
  • We need to manage the wider highway network – road closures/traffic management in place for the minimum timeframe.
what we have already told people
What we have already told people
  • In January 2014 we were the first local authority to go public on the first phase of publicity to highlight the scale of disruption.
  • Recognise that businesses need to be able to plan as far ahead as possible.
  • We can now provide further details including indicative road closure timings.
  • Must stress that the detail is still indicative and subject to change.
why do we need to close roads
Why do we need to close roads?
  • It’s not just for the race
    • Route/finish area preparation – removing street furniture, installing race infrastructure, assembling the finish etc. Tight schedule.
    • There will be activity on the closed roads – safety of workforce.
    • Cannot risk the centre of Harrogate becoming ‘gridlocked’ with traffic – very limited parking so nowhere for people to go.
the detail wednesday
The detail – Wednesday
  • Closure and parking suspensions on Beech Grove, Harrogate on Wednesday through to late Saturday evening.
the detail thursday
The detail – Thursday
  • Closure of A61 West Park from junction of Victoria Avenue through to Cambridge Crescent.
  • A61 northbound traffic diverted via A59 Skipton Road from Prince of Wales roundabout through to New Park roundabout.
  • Access to town centre via King’s Road/ Skipton Road junction which will be signed.
  • An element of on street parking in town centre will therefore be inaccessible due to one way systems, for example James Street/ Raglan Street.
  • Extensive parking suspensions in place – Beech Grove, West Park, James Street, Raglan Street, Albert Street & Prospect Place.
the detail friday
The detail – Friday
  • Closures restricting access to and from West Park – access closed from Raglan Street and access to Montpellier Hill closed.
  • Gantry’s installed during the Thursday closure to maintain access along West Park from Albert Street to Montpellier Parade [side of Betty’s] and James Street/ Cambridge Street on the Friday.
  • Parking suspensions implemented throughout town centre on Friday 4 July at 11pm.
the detail saturday
The detail – Saturday
  • Harrogate town centre closure, all roads bounded by West Park/ Parliament Street, Montpellier Hill, Royal Parade, Crescent Road, Swan Road [part], Cornwall Road, King’s Road, Springfield Avenue, Cheltenham Mount, Bower Street, Lower Station Parade/ Station Parade & Station Bridge.
  • Closures likely to be implemented from 4am through to 10pm as a minimum.
  • Final 2km of race route [A61 Ripon Road – from New Park roundabout] also closed from 4am through to 10pm whilst race infrastructure installed and temporary street furniture removed.
  • Station Parade will become a two way street for the day – access north only for official vehicles and shuttle bus for media/press. Access south for those vehicles and buses/taxis ONLY.
  • Traffic management similar to GYS on both days – one way systems inbound and outbound on A661 Wetherby Road on Saturday. Inbound only on Sunday.
the detail saturday cont
The detail – Saturday cont.
  • Town centre parking will not be encouraged. Jubilee, Odeon and Park View car parks will be accessible, but likely to be full night before or early morning.
  • All spectators travelling to Harrogate will be directed to GYS parking, parking to north of Harrogate and proposed Park & Ride site to north west of town adjacent to A59.
  • Traffic restricted into town centre to ensure town does not become ‘gridlocked’ which would pose a risk to the success of the event.
  • Working with public transport operators to maintain as many services as possible to Harrogate bus station. Some routes being altered.
the detail saturday rest of the borough
The detail – Saturday rest of the Borough
  • Ripon – Parking in town centre filled, then directed to racecourse. Discussions on-going about other potential parking sites.
  • Closures in place in Ripon City Centre [Market Square] potentially at 9.00 am to facilitate local events – working with local LeTour Ripon group.
  • Traffic management proposals in place to direct traffic into Masham & West Tanfield from A1 (M).
  • Closures in place in Masham town centre to enable local events – again working with local community.
  • Access to LBIA will be restricted on Saturday 5 July from early morning to mid afternoon due to closure of race route at Pool in Wharfedale – alt. route will be via A1, M1 & M62.
the detail sunday
The detail – Sunday
  • A59 closed very early morning – potentially 5:00am through to 3pm.
  • Again, parking directed to GY Showground, but more town centre car parks will be accessible from A61 Leeds Road side.
  • Traffic for Skipton/ Wharfedale directed south of Harrogate towards Pool, then directed via Leathley up to A59 at Menwith Hill.
  • J47 of A1(M) closed potentially at 5:00am. Any traffic heading to that junction after that time will be picked up at next junction [48 or 46].
the detail sunday cont
The detail – Sunday cont.
  • Limited parking in Knaresborough – off street car parks all accessible via race route. Closures early morning (potentially 5.00 am) will restrict access.
  • Working with Knaresborough Rugby Club to provide parking away from race route. No other major landowners have come forward, so there could be difficulties accessing the town on the morning. Car parks likely to fill early.
impact on your organisation
Impact on your organisation

Three key issues:

  • Deliveries & collections
  • Visitors/customers
  • Getting staff to work
deliveries and collections
Deliveries and collections
  • Wherever possible arrange prior to the weekend.
  • Access to Harrogate town centre restricted.
  • Not feasible to permit access to closed roads due to safety risk.
  • Saturday – deliveries before 3.00am or after 10.00pm.
  • Sunday – town centre will be accessible.
  • Need to factor in increased traffic demand.
visitors customers
Visitors / customers
  • Parking available at GY Showground or in private fields to Killinghall side of town.
  • Significant increase in rail services into Harrogate town.
  • Limited bus services to Harrogate town.
  • Lots of potential customers on foot – residents of Harrogate.
  • Working closely with YAS given that the Great Yorkshire Show will follow on the Tuesday.
  • Spectator travel information available at
getting staff to work
Getting staff to work
  • Wherever possible use bus, train, cycle or walk.
  • Parking available at GY Showground or in private fields to Killinghall side of town – there will be a cost.
  • If travelling by car need to arrive very early.
  • Is it possible for staff to stay over with colleagues who live in town?
further information
Further information
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