Combined Authority geared up for Grand D�part weekend.
Whether people are following the Tour having a home stay-cation, going shopping or going to work, West Yorkshire Combined Authority�s advice is �plan any journeys you intend making over the weekend of the Grand D�part�.
Spectator advice and details of road closures and public transport services can be found on the Le Tour website (new window) at and through the Journey Planner on the Metro website (new window). Travel updates and advice will also be provided on Twitter @TdFYorksTravel and @MetroTravelNews with the #TdFTravel hashtag.
Although some bus services along the Tour route are cancelled, due to road closures for the race, most of West Yorkshire�s bus services and all of its trains will be running. Some buses may however be delayed depending levels of traffic on each day although in areas not along the route such as Wakefield services are expected to run as normal.
Leaflets and posters providing details of public transport changes have been produced for customers/spectators and can be picked up from travel centres.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority has been working closely with the Tour�s planners during the build up to the event and its staff will be out and about helping to keep people on the move throughout the Grand D�part weekend.
On the Saturday and Sunday of the Grand D�part, MetroLine will be taking calls on 0113 245 7676 from 6am (only 6am on Saturday not Sunday), an hour earlier than usual, going on until 10 pm each evening and additional staff have been rostered to work that weekend and in the week leading up to the event. Extra staff will be working at Leeds, Huddersfield, Halifax and Keighley bus stations and other transport hubs and the Travel Centres at Halifax, Huddersfield and Keighley bus stations will be open on the Sunday.
Combined Authority staff will be working alongside the race control teams and there will be a control centre based at its Wellington House HQ where real-time messages and Twitter and Facebook updates will be coordinated and IT support located.
West Yorkshire Combined Authority Chair Cllr Peter Box said, �The Grand D�part is a massive event for Yorkshire and will attract hundreds of thousand if not millions of people and our staff will be working to help ensure those visitors enjoy their weekend as well as providing information and advice for people going about their everyday business.
�Le Tour will showcase West Yorkshire to the world and is forecast to generate a huge economic boost as well as a cycling legacy which we will be building on long after the peloton has swept through and the crowds have gone home.
�I am pleased that the Combined Authority is able to make this important contribution and would like to thank the various teams for the hard work I know they are putting into making this event a success.�