Ambulance Service gears up for Grand Depart

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The Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is increasing the number of Life Cycles on the county’s roads as it prepares for the Tour de France.

The move was announced as part of the Trust’s contingency plans for the event by Associate Director for Resilience and Special Services, Ian Walton.

He said: “The increase in our number of Life Cycles in Yorkshire this weekend is just the first in a series of steps we have taken to prepare for the event – probably the greatest event of its kind that we’ll see in the coming years.

“We’ve been very busy working with our partners and TDFHub2014 Ltd to ensure we remain fully operational and can care for our communities in Yorkshire and the estimated two million visitors who are expected to visit Yorkshire for the Tour.”

Included in the Trust’s plans as well as the additional pedal power are increasing number of staff and vehicles on the road, the number of staff on motorbikes, the number of staff on the NHS 111 service and an additional air ambulance staffed with a YAS doctor and clinical team.