UK freight industry to work around Tour de France
3rd July 2014
With the Tour de France set to get underway this weekend, UK freight operators are determined to make it business as usual wherever possible.
Workers in this industry who are receiving or delivering in Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex or London have been warned by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) that they may be adversely affected by the world’s biggest cycling event. This is because congestion or lengthened journey times may be an issue, due to road closures in the locations around the route.
The Grand Depart starts in Leeds, which will see the 16 teams of nine riders make their way to Harrogate, the location for the first official stage. From there, they will ride through York, Sheffield, Cambridge and London. Supporters and spectators are expected to be out in their thousands to cheer along the cyclists as they pedal through the English roads and countryside between July 5th and 7th.
By the end of the race on July 27th, the cyclists are expected to have travelled more than 3,600 km.
Head of policy for the north of England Malcolm Bingham said: “This important sporting event will undoubtedly bring disruption to the UK road network this weekend, particularly on the Yorkshire legs and then onwards from Cambridge to London on Monday July 7th.
“The freight industry has been working hard to plan around the road closures to help ensure that deliveries will be made as close to normal as possible.”
Mr Bingham added the FTA would be providing real-time traffic information through its website and via email to its association members while the British stages are taking place.
For those who are concerned or simply wish to find out more, a fact sheet can be downloaded that provides information about the routes and the potential disruption to Yorkshire. Additionally, Transport for London’s website has details about the areas that could be congested.