A disabled woman faces a long trek with a suitcase because access to Huddersfield Railway Station has been cut.

Mrs Theresa Baxter, of Marsh, plans to travel to a wedding in Bath on Saturday but has been told all vehicle access to the station is closed because of the Tour de France.

And there are also concerns from Huddersfield cabbies, who have been told they have to find alternative parking slots in Byram Street or in Park Avenue, near Greenhead Park.

Kirklees Council has confirmed access has been restricted because of spectator hub events planned for St George’s Square on Saturday and Sunday.

Mrs Baxter, who had a major foot operation, said: “I need to catch a train to Manchester at 9.12am on Saturday but all the roads around the station are shut from 7am.

“I spoke the the Tour de France helpline and they advised me to get dropped off on the other side of the ring road or near Fitzwilliam Street, but I cannot manage to walk hundreds of yards with a case.

“Now it looks as though my husband Chris may have to drive me to Marsden to get a train. I expected disruption on the Sunday, when the race comes through town, but not all day Saturday as well”.

Taxi drivers, too, are concerned that passengers will not be able to use their services.

Manjit Singh, a member of the Hackney Carriage Association, said: “We got a letter telling us we can park in Byram Street or even Park Avenue, but that’s well away from the town centre where we are needed”.

 

Kirklees have confirmed the roads around the Square will close at 7am on Saturday for the spectator hub and food festival to be set up. The French farmyard which has occupied much of the Square should be removed later today.

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