We’re ready for all Tour visitors, says Council

Coun Tim Swift.

Coun Tim Swift.

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Calderdale Council and transport firms say plans are in place to deal with the influx of visitors expected on Sunday to see the Tour de France.

Roads on the route and adjoining the route will be closed from 6.30am, while bus and train companies are putting on extra services to cope with the increase in demand.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Coun Tim Swift, said: “The Tour de France is a massive event, so although we know that it may inconvenience some residents, we have to close roads and enforce parking rules to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone involved.

“The Tour is a great opportunity to show the world our fantastic local area and we really appreciate your help.

“The council and other organisations are doing everything we can to make sure the race is a huge success, and to minimise wherever possible the impact on local people and businesses in Calderdale.”

The roads will still be open to pedestrians and cyclists after 6.30am, so that spectators can get into position to watch the race.

People can park as normal unless they live within 10 metres of the route, and if you have a private driveway you won’t be affected.

The Tour De France parade of support vehicles is expected to arrive in Hebden Bridge at 11.30am with the first riders following through at 1.30pm. The race will make its way though to Mytholmroyd, upto Blackstone Edge via Cragg Vale, down into Ripponden and then over the tops to West Vale and Elland before heading out to Huddersfield.

The times are:

l Hebden Bridge: Tour Caravan 11:30am, Race 1:30pm

l Mytholmroyd: Tour Caravan 11:45am, Race 1:35pm

l Ripponden: Tour Caravan 12:15pm, Race 2pm

l Greetland: Tour Caravan 12:25pm, Race 2:10pm

Roads closed on the route will be:

l A6033 from the borough boundary at Cock Hill to its junction with the A646 at Hebden Bridge

l A646 Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd. (Access will also be restricted along the A646 between King Cross and Todmorden)

l B6138 from Mytholmroyd to its junction with the A58 at Blackstone Edge

l A58 from Blackstone Edge to Ripponden

l B6113 from Ripponden to West Vale

l B6114 from junction with B6113 to Queen Street, West Vale

l Queen Street

l Green Lane

l Hullenedge Lane

l Hammerstones Road

l Blackley Road to borough boundary at Ainley Top

A park and ride site at Skircoat Moor, Savile Park, will open at 6.30am with enough spaces for 5,000 cars.

Buses will run every three minutes from 7am to 5pm between the site and Mytholmroyd. First is also offering great value fares with an adult return at £4, child return at £2 and a family ticket at £10.

In addition First is providing extra buses across the Halifax network on existing routes providing more capacity and allowing for slightly longer journeys in some cases to take into account diversions and additional road traffic. The frequency of the Rochdale – Hebden Bridge 590 service will also be increased. Many services will operate increased frequencies to accommodate the extra demand.

First will be running to revised timetables on their Calderdale/Halifax services, with changes to a number of routes and additional journeys on service 590 between Rochdale and Mytholmroyd to provide extra capacity.

All trans-Pennines roads will be closed for most of the day, with no buses running during the day on services 310 and 314 as there will be no access between Huddersfield and Holmfirth.

Calder Valley services will operate in two sections - Halifax to/from Calder High School and Mytholmroyd turning circle to/from Todmorden, Burnley and Rochdale.

Oliver Howarth, Business Manager for First in Halifax, added: “The Tour de France is a fabulous opportunity to showcase Yorkshire and we’ve worked closely with partners including West Yorkshire Combined Authority to support our existing bus network and introduce extra services to help transport existing and new customers.

“There will be some disruption to the bus network but by planning ahead customers can find out what alternatives are available and ensure they enjoy this great sporting event.”

Commuters are being warned to expect delays given the scope of the event, with buses likely to be delayed even when roads are re-opened due to the volume of traffic on the roads.

Roads are expected to re-open between 5pm and 5.30pm but this may be as late as 6pm in Calderdale.

Additional trains, including an earlier morning departure from Manchester, are operating over and above the normal Sunday service.

In Hebden Bridge, the following services are operating:

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

l Manchester – Hebden Bridge (all stops)

l Leeds – Hebden Bridge (limited stop)

l Blackpool – Halifax – Leeds – York

l Blackburn – Halifax – Bradford

l First arrivals: 08:38 from Manchester; 10:33 from Blackpool via Blackburn; 09:09 from Leeds; 09:39 from York.

l Last departures: 22:26 to Manchester; 21:52 to Blackpool via Blackburn; 22:54 to Leeds; 20:34 to York.

In Mytholmroyd, the following service is operating:

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

l First arrivals: 09:52 from Manchester; 09:06 from Leeds.

l Last departures: 22:23 to Manchester; 22:58 to Leeds.