Drivers will have to move vehicles from the Tour de France route by 7pm the night before the race hits Huddersfield.

Kirklees Council has outlined its plans for the weekend that could see up to 150,000 spectators - including potentially 60,000 at Holme Moss - line the borough’s 15 mile route.

The first residents’ roadshow took place in Birchencliffe last night with Kirklees Council telling people all they need to know about the weekend.

Anne-Marie Parker, a Kirklees Tour de France organiser, warned that all vehicles parked on the route after 7pm on Saturday, July 5, will be towed to the nearest safe place and the driver could be fined.

She said: “Everything we’re doing is about ensuring the route is race ready and minimising inconvenience.

“We want people to take a sensible approach. It is in people’s interests to move their cars away from the route as early as they can.

“We can tell people what time the roads will close, but we can’t say for definite what the congestion will be like or how many spectators we’ll get so we want people to plan ahead.

Kirklees expects spectators will begin arriving at key sites such as Ainley Top, Holmfirth and Holme Moss from 5am - though many are expected to camp overnight near Holme to bag a good spot.

 

Key times:

Saturday July 5, 7pm - road restrictions come into force. Vehicles on the route after 7pm will be towed away.

Sunday July 6, 5am - build up of spectators.

7.30am - 200 roads to close.

8am - Kirklees will clear bollards and obstructions.

9.30am - roads handed to Tour de France teams who will install gantry/hay stacks/flags and barriers.

From 12pm police outriders will make sure the route is safe.

12.35pm - the cavalcade arrives at Ainley Top (13.10pm onwards at Holme Moss)

1.35pm - Tour organisers re-check the route to clear debris from cavalcade.

14.15pm-14.35pm - cyclists arrive at Ainley Top (14.50pm-15.15pm at Holme Moss).

Once cyclists have passed Tour organisers clear gantries etc.

4.30pm - roads checked by Kirklees, bollards replaced and roads re-open when it is safe.

Anne-Marie added: “We might be able to open some roads quickly, but for others like those in Holme Moss where there will be a large number of spectators it may take some time before the roads are available to vehicles.

“It’s about public safety.

“The key message for people to understand is that it’s not just a two minute event watching cyclists go by - it’s a day-long event with entertainment and food and drink.”

Other key facts:

Public toilets will be available but numbers and locations to be confirmed.

Spectator hubs in Huddersfield and Holmfirth with all the action on big screens, public toilets and food and drink stalls.

METRO is yet to announce public transport provision.

Land owners are able to use fields for private car parks and charge a maximum of £10 per vehicle.

Fieldhead Lane, Holme will close as it forms part of the walking route from the private car parks to the route.

Access to telecom and Wifi may be disrupted due to volume, although a Wifi-tractor will be in Holme village.

19 helicopters form part of the Tour which could mean restrictions on private flying.

Anyone with queries about the Tour de France can contact Kirklees Council on 01484 414 881.

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