Plans for massive Le Tour car park in Halifax

Savile Park, Halifax.
Savile Park, Halifax.

Part of Halifax will be turned into a giant car park for thousands of visitors coming to experience the Tour de France in Calderdale.

Around 160,000 people are expected to visit the region on the weekend of the Grand Depart, which comes through Calderdale on Sunday, July 6.

To cope with the anticipated influx, Calderdale Council have announced a park and ride scheme from Savile Park moor on the edge of the town with free parking for more than 5,000 cars and a dedicated bus service from 7am.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Coun Tim Swift, said: “We are advising all residents to arrange their travel plans now, to make the most of the race coming to Calderdale.

There is lots of work going on around the traffic and transport plans for race weekend and regularly updated information will be available on the visitcalderdale website.

“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.”

Visitors can also park at Todmorden High School, while a number of companies in the area are offering their car parks for Le Tour visitors and council car parks will also be available off the route.

Two viewing points have been designated disabled spectator areas. These are in Mytholmroyd, adjacent to the library at the bottom of Cragg Road next to the junction of Scout Road, and in West Vale, near to the junction of Saddleworth Road and Stainland Road.

Spectator Hubs will also offer cycling fans the chance to make the most of the race with large screens at Bramche Square, Todmorden, Calder Holmes Park, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd Gala event, Mill Fold Park, Ripponden, The Fleece, Ripponden and Elland Cricket Ground.

Councillor Swift added: “Our spectator hub is a great way of getting in the spirit of the Tour de France and there will be lots going on. Visit Hebden Bridge on July 5 and Calder Holmes Park spectator hub on July 6 and get involved in the events of this amazing weekend.

“There will be lots of family fun at the spectator hub. It’s also an opportunity to watch the whole of stage two on a big screen, as it cycles through the region.”

Meanwhile, visitors can also experience for themselves the thrill of cycling the Le Tour route with an interactive display at Bankfield Museum’s Century of Cycling exhibition.

Art, clothing and equipment from 100 years of cycling will also be on show at the Boothtown museum, with bikes from every decade of the 20th Century.

A Century of Cycling runs from Saturday, June 7 at 2pm, until Saturday, August 9, with free admission.