Cash for potholes on Grand Depart route

Tour De France potholes. Ripponden.
Tour De France potholes. Ripponden.

Repairs costing £300,000 will be made to potholes on Calderdale’s roads ahead of the visit of the Tour de France.

The race will see hundreds of cyclists and an eight-mile procession of sponsors’ trucks and cars travel along the route.

Potholes have been identified along the route in Ripponden, Greetland and Mytholmroyd, but the council say they have budgeted for repairs to take place and they will not take priority over other maintenance work.

The council’s director of communities and business change, Robin Tuddenham, said: “£300,000 has been identified, and approved by cabinet, to make repairs to the route, including road resurfacing.

“We have worked with race organisers to understand exactly what’s needed.

“Work is on track and will continue in spring to make sure we’re ready for the Tour de France to race through Calderdale.

“We’re really excited to welcome this global event. We’re expecting 160,000 spectators in the borough and a massive boost to local businesses.

“This work is not affecting our core road maintenance programme.

“We take potholes very seriously on all of our roads, and when they’re identified, all potholes are scheduled for repair in line with our priorities and national guidelines.”

Welcome to Yorkshire, who are organising the Grand Depart, say any potholes along the route will be removed in time for the event.

In a statement, they said: “The work for repairing the surface of the routes is being funded by each local authorities from their individual highways budgets.

“Potholes are an obvious issue and they will be addressed. We can say that there will not be any potholes along either stage by the time the race arrives.”