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What are your travel plans for the Grand Depart?

Calderdale is home to the longest continuous incline in England, which will be a feature of the Yorkshire Grand Depart  stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France on July 6th.  18 April 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
The sign is just outside Mytholmroyd on the B6138. The road takes you south up Cragg Vale out of Mytholmroyd, east of Hebden Bridge, and offers a long and well-graded climb up onto the wilds of Blackstone Edge. The first few kilometres climb through wooded villages before the road finally emerges out onto open moorland. The last 4 km keep climbing relentlessly until the summit is finally reached at Blackstone Edge Reservoir.

As well as being a popular cycling challenge, the climb is home to a well contested Hill Climb Time Trial. Run by Yorkshire Velo, the time trial runs at the end of the season, and usually attracts a big turnout.

The route has a total ascent of 272 metres over the course distance of 8 km with an average gradient of 3.4%.

Calderdale is home to the longest continuous incline in England, which will be a feature of the Yorkshire Grand Depart stage 2 of the 2014 Tour de France on July 6th. 18 April 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson The sign is just outside Mytholmroyd on the B6138. The road takes you south up Cragg Vale out of Mytholmroyd, east of Hebden Bridge, and offers a long and well-graded climb up onto the wilds of Blackstone Edge. The first few kilometres climb through wooded villages before the road finally emerges out onto open moorland. The last 4 km keep climbing relentlessly until the summit is finally reached at Blackstone Edge Reservoir. As well as being a popular cycling challenge, the climb is home to a well contested Hill Climb Time Trial. Run by Yorkshire Velo, the time trial runs at the end of the season, and usually attracts a big turnout. The route has a total ascent of 272 metres over the course distance of 8 km with an average gradient of 3.4%.

Roads will be closed from 6.30am on Sunday morning when the Tour de France comes to Calderdale, but there are plenty of other ways to get around the route.

Public transport services will be enhanced in order to get you to the route. Additional trains, including an earlier morning departure from Manchester, are operating over and above the normal Sunday service, with the following services running ;

Manchester – Halifax – Leeds (limited stop between Manchester and Todmorden)

Manchester – Hebden Bridge (all stops)

Leeds – Hebden Bridge (limited stop)

Blackpool – Halifax – Leeds – York

Blackburn – Halifax – Bradford

For full details of the rail service visit http://www.northernrail.org/travel/tour-de-france

If you’re thinking of travelling by bus, please be aware that a revised bus network is operating due to extensive road closures, with the following services not running at all: 500, 557, 559, 595, 597, 598, 599, 901 TLC, 906. Other services are in action, but may have revised routes, so it’s best to check www.wymetro.co.uk for the most up to date information.

Another option on the day is the Park and Ride service available from Savile Park, Halifax.

The site opens from 6.45am, and has free parking spaces for over 5000 vehicles. A frequent bus service to Mytholmroyd is being operated by First.

Buses start running from 7am and the last return trip from Mytholmroyd is at 5pm. Fares are cash only and prices for the return journey are: Adults £4, Children £2, or a family tickets of two adults and two children or one adult and three children is £10. Please be aware that concessionary passes are not valid on this service.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said: “Many people will already have made their plans for the weekend on the Tour, but we want to make sure that those who haven’t yet decided where to watch know about changes to services and additional means of transport.

“Of course even with the plans we are making, there are many parts of the route where it simply won’t be possible to get there by vehicle, so you do need to build in plenty of time to continue your journey from your parking space or train station.

“The Tour promises to be a fantastic event, and lots of planning has gone into making it a weekend to remember.”

 

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