Tour de Yorkshire spectators reminded to stay safe

The Tour de France peloton race through Hebden Bridge.
The Tour de France peloton race through Hebden Bridge.

Northern Powergrid is reminding spectators planning to attend the Tour de Yorkshire to stay safe around its electricity network while enjoying the cycle race.

Over the last few months the company, which is responsible for running the region’s electricity network, has been checking its infrastructure ahead of the prestigious event and working closely with the race organisers, local councils and Police to help ensure the Tour de Yorkshire is a huge success.

Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s head of network operations, said: “This is a prestigious event for Yorkshire and we have being working hard over the past five months to support preparations for it. We have used our extensive experience gained from supporting the Tour de France last year to work with the race organisers, Police, local authorities, and other agencies to help ensure this inaugural Tour de Yorkshire event runs safely and smoothly.

“As part of our preparations we have checked all of our equipment including poles and substations that are close to the route. We have also postponed any planned work in the race areas to prevent disruption to local communities and race routes or those participating in the event.”

Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome, said: “Northern Powergrid has used its experience to contribute to the extensive planning that takes place behind the scenes for a major event like this. We are grateful for their support and commitment to help us ensure that Yorkshire is ready to deliver this inaugural race and it’s enjoyed by everyone.”

Northern Powergrid is urging local people who will be spectating to stay clear of electricity poles, pylons and substations. Also, if anyone spots damage to the company’s network they should contact Northern Powergrid immediately on its 24-hour number 0800 375 675.

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