Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Grand Départ travel and transport advice released


Official travel and transport information to help spectators enjoy watching the Grand Départ of this year’s Tour de France has started to be released today.

As part of an overall travel plan being overseen by TdFHUB2014 Ltd working with all transport partners, rail operators have today released information to allow spectators to prepare how they can travel to watch the world’s largest annual sporting event when it begins in Yorkshire on July 5-6 before heading to Cambridge and London on July 7.

Information released today for stages one and two can be seen at www.letouryorkshire.com, which hosts all the latest news and details to help spectators make the most of the event.

Travel and transport information will be able to be accessed through the site, including a live journey planner which will be available from early June and real-time traffic updates on the weekend of the race itself.

Aside from rail information, local authorities all along the route are currently in the process of releasing final road closure details and guidance for their areas. Bus timetables to be in operation around the event will also be released shortly.

The key message being stressed in all the travel and transport information is for spectators to prepare well in advance where they wish to watch the race and how they plan to get there.

With several million people expected to line the route over the three days, all transport routes and methods are likely to be busy. As a result spectators are being advised to pick a single location to watch from and to allow significant travel time, arriving as early as possible to secure a viewing spot.

Roads will be closed in most areas from early morning and for a minimum of eight hours, although this will be longer in start and finish locations.

The information to be given in the final weeks leading up to the race will include guidance on how to travel to locations by car, bus or rail and also how to access any of the 20 Grand Départ Spectator Hubs along the routes of the first two stages.

It will also highlight park and ride facilities which will be available, access for spectators with disabilities and guidance for those wishing to cycle or take bikes with them to watch the event.

Cycling to the race is expected to be popular, with the route itself on stages one and two able to be accessed by cyclists and pedestrians after the roads are closed and up to approximately 30 minutes before the promotional caravan arrives.

Organisers are encouraging spectators to follow the information and guidance given to help them decide on the most appropriate viewing location. The family-friendly spectator hubs will be suitable for all, while spectators looking to watch from more remote areas need to be fully aware this will involve significant amounts of walking from the nearest car parks and to be prepared for changeable weather conditions.

Chief executive of TdFHUB2014 Ltd Nicky Roche said:

“The Tour de France is going to be an incredible event to watch and we want as many people as possible to enjoy these historic three days. We are very pleased to now be able to start releasing this travel and transport information and would encourage anyone wanting to watch the race to read the guidance carefully.

“I’d like to thank all the transport agencies we are working with for their fantastic support in helping us to stage a wonderful experience which everyone watching will never forget.”

Head of Integrated Transport at the Association of Train Operating Companies Conrad Haigh said:

“The Tour de France coming to Britain is a great occasion and the rail industry has worked hard with the organisers to help as many people as possible travel to the event by train. Many train companies will be running extra services or adding additional carriages to provide more space for regular passengers and spectators alike. We are firmly committed to helping ensure that the Grand Départ is a success.”

The third stage of the Tour de France will take place on Monday 7 July when roads along the route in Cambridgeshire, Essex and London will close and surrounding roads will be busier. To avoid delays on the day, residents, commuters and spectators are advised to plan their day in advance and wherever possible avoid driving near the race route.

Tube and rail will be the best way to get around London on the day, although stations along and around the route, particularly the finish at The Mall in St James’s Park will be extremely busy. To find out more and plan ahead visit www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/letourstage3, www.letouressex.com or tfl.gov.uk/tourdefrance

Transport for London is undertaking an extensive programme of public engagement and communication regarding the arrival of the Tour de France in the capital. This is designed to ensure people living and working in London can understand the potential impacts of the Tour and plan ahead to avoid unnecessary inconvenience. The engagement activities include leaflet drops to residents and businesses along the route, work with the local boroughs, local business engagement events and public information sessions.

For the latest information on the Grand Départ of the 2014 Tour de France including travel and transport guidance, visit www.letouryorkshire.com

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Notes to editors:

1. In 2014, the Tour de France returns to the UK for three stages. The Yorkshire Grand Départ comprises two stages - Leeds to Harrogate and York to Sheffield - before the Tour moves south for a third stage from Cambridge to London.
- Saturday 5 July - Stage One: Leeds - Harrogate: 190km (118 miles)
- Sunday 6 July - Stage Two: York - Sheffield: 200km (125 miles)
- Monday 7 July - Stage Three: Cambridge - London 170km (106 miles)

2. TdFHUB2014 Ltd is a not-for-profit company set up by UK Sport to co-ordinate the Government’s budget and the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Départ in the UK. It is based in Leeds and will be dissolved after the Tour.
TdFHUB2014 Ltd’s board includes representation from Yorkshire, Cambridge and Essex local authorities, British Cycling, Transport for London and UK Sport. The board is chaired by Sir Rodney Walker, the former chair of UK Sport, and is joint vice-chaired by Councillor Keith Wakefield, the Leader of Leeds City Council, and Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire.

3. There are three separate budgets to support planning for the three English stages of the Tour, which total £27m. The budgets are held by local authorities, TdFHUB2014 Ltd and Transport for London. TdFHUB2014 Ltd manages the £10 million of Government support.

4. The Tour de France Grand Départ will form part of UK Sport’s Gold Event Series, an ambitious programme to bring up to 70 world-class sporting events to the UK by 2019 to help build on the outstanding success of London 2012. http://www.uksport.gov.uk/pages/gold-events-series/

For further media queries contact:
Roger Boyde TdFHUB2014 Ltd, email roger.boyde@tdfhub2014ltd.co.uk

Council Applies For Valley Road Injunction

Following complaints about a development and potential breaches of planning permission at a site in Valley Road, Leeds City Council today issued an injunction to the owner of the property.

Councillor Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, Planning and Support Services:

“Leeds City Council take breaches of planning and unlawful developments extremely seriously. Due to the seriousness of these breaches we have acted promptly to seek an injunction to restrain occupation, further excavation and further demolition. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and are grateful to those who have brought the problem to our attention.”

Over 200 singers to close the Leeds Orchestral Season 2013/2014 in style

Caption: Simon Wright will be the conductor at Leeds Town Hall on Saturday.

Over 200 singers from the Leeds Festival Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus are all set to light up Leeds Town Hall this Saturday as they join the Orchestra of Opera North in closing the Leeds International Orchestral Season 2013/2014.

In what promises to be a truly memorable night, the concert will begin with a lively performance of Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture which uses elements of tunes from student drinking songs in a comedic reference to academia. This also features the recognisable tune Gaudeamus igitur (So Let Us Rejoice) which is often performed at university graduation ceremonies.

Also included in the concert will be Strauss’ stunning Four Last Songs: Frühling (Spring), September, Beim Schlafengehen (Going to sleep) and Im Abendrot (Sunset) which he composed for his wife as a wedding present. The concert concludes with a performance of Brahms’ powerful A German Requiem which uses biblical texts and the second movement features in the 2010 Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech.

Under the baton of Simon Wright, the Orchestra of Opera North, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and Leeds Festival Chorus will be joined by Grammy Award winning soprano Rebecca Evans and winner of the Wigmore Hall International Song Competition baritone Stephan Loges.

Tickets for this concert are priced £16 - £31.50 and are available from the Box Office on 0113 224 3801 or book online at www.leedsconcertseason.com, with 50% discounts available for students, under 18s and jobseekers. People under 26 can also purchase tickets for an orchestral concert for just £5 in the seven days before the concert.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

"I am delighted to say that this year’s Leeds International Orchestral season has again hit the heights, and we will be closing this programme in style this Saturday at the town hall with a concert to remember.

"Over 200 singers from the Leeds Festival Chorus and Leeds Philharmonic Chorus have joined forces to entertain the crowd, and they will be accompanied by the always fantastic Orchestra of Opera North.

"This promises to be a really brilliant night, and with this being the last performance of the 2013/2014 season, we would ask you to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment."

Notes to editors:

Conductor, Simon Wright, has earned universal respect and acclaim for his interpretations of wide-ranging and challenging orchestral and choral repertoire. In the UK, Simon has conducted many British orchestras including the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Simon has been Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Leeds Festival Chorus since 1975.

Leeds Festival Chorus is a chorus singing to professional standards with 150 performing members in soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections. Presenting classical choral music in Yorkshire and elsewhere in Britain, including at the London Proms and Manchester Arena, the choir also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3. Commissions or premières include Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton), A Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams), Choral Symphony (Holst), The Fall of Jerusalem (Muldowney), and works by Dvořák and Elgar.

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus comprises over 100 singing members regularly performing at Leeds Town Hall. In recent years the Chorus has recorded works such as Stanford’s Stabat Mater and Te Deum for Chandos, Walton’s Gloria and Belshazzar’s Feast for Naxos and The Messiah for CMI Records. As well as performing concerts in Leeds Town Hall, the chorus has performed in many other prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall, The Sage, the Liszt Academy and Stephansdom.

For further information please contact:

Alison Stockwell

Music Officer

Arts Planning Team

Leeds International Concert Season

Tel. 0113 247 8336

Fax. 0113 247 8334


Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD

Listing information:

Saturday 24 May 2014

Orchestra of Opera North

Leeds Festival Chorus

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus

Simon Wright conductor

Rebecca Evans soprano

Stephan Loges baritone

Brahms Academic Festival Overture

Strauss Four Last Songs

Brahms A German Requiem

Tickets: £31.50, £29, £26.50, £21, £16 (discounts available)

Box Office: 0113 224 3801 / Book online www.leedsconcertseason.com

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk