‘Financial implications’ for Tour de France route in North Yorkshire

First published in News York Press: Photograph of the Author by , mark.stead@thepress.co.uk

PLANNED repairs to roads in North Yorkshire could be delayed because of the arrival of the Tour de France in the region.

Organisers of the famed cycling race – one of the largest and most-watched sporting events in the world – confirmed last week that the opening days of the Tour, the Grand Depart, will be staged in Yorkshire in July 2014.

Leeds will be the host city, but the route – exact details of which have yet to be confirmed – will pass through York, Scarborough and the North York Moors. North Yorkshire County Council’s executive has now agreed to enter into a contract with tourism agency Welcome To Yorkshire, which led the county’s bid, confirming the authority’s “commitment to hosting the finish of stage one” of the 2014 Tour.

A report by David Bowe, corporate director of business and environmental services, said although the Grand Depart would be a major economic boost for the region, there were “clear financial implications” for the council, including how preparations for the Tour will affect its highway maintenance programme next year.

“There could be a requirement for highway improvement works along the route within North Yorkshire, predominantly to mitigate the risk of injury to the competitors,” it said.

“It is understood [Tour organisers] the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) will provide details of any works they require, which could include measures such as resurfacing roads and removal of street furniture. The programme for 2013/14 could therefore need to be reprofiled to enable the required works to be completed prior to the event.

“This would clearly have an impact on the overall programme, meaning planned maintenance schemes elsewhere would be delayed.”

Mr Bowe’s report said postponing other necessary road repairs could lead to routes deteriorating further and cost the council more in the long run. It said the “exact financial implications” of the Tour would not be confirmed until technical contract documents are provided from Welcome To Yorkshire.

The tourism body must have deals in place with all councils on the Grand Depart route before entering into a formal contract with ASO. Welcome To Yorkshire has said the 2014 event could surpass the £73 million London gained by staging the 2007 Grand Depart, with up to £1.8 million expected to be spent on accommodation, as much as £12.2 million per stage forecast to be spent on retail, food and catering, and about £15 million worth of publicity tipped to be generated through media coverage.

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9:54am Sat 22 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

So there could be a risk of injury to competitors on the route from York to Scarborough.

Whichever route they take, I've almost certainly cycled sections of it. At least I now know I can claim for damage or injury as they have admitted roads are not fit for purpose.

Hopefully they will resurface the main route and a strip 1m from the curb elsewhere.
So there could be a risk of injury to competitors on the route from York to Scarborough. Whichever route they take, I've almost certainly cycled sections of it. At least I now know I can claim for damage or injury as they have admitted roads are not fit for purpose. Hopefully they will resurface the main route and a strip 1m from the curb elsewhere. Paul Meoff
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9:55am Sat 22 Dec 12

amike says...

So £1.8 million from accommodation, two stages generating £12.2 million and £15 millon in publicity.

Where is the other £31.8 million going to come from and at what cost????
So £1.8 million from accommodation, two stages generating £12.2 million and £15 millon in publicity. Where is the other £31.8 million going to come from and at what cost???? amike
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10:26am Sat 22 Dec 12

capt spaulding says...

It will come out of social services spending.
Our poor are doing ok, food banks are performing well.
Our council has to prioritise.
James Alexander has to use the cycle event for maximum exposure of himself.
It will come out of social services spending. Our poor are doing ok, food banks are performing well. Our council has to prioritise. James Alexander has to use the cycle event for maximum exposure of himself. capt spaulding
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11:00am Sat 22 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

capt spaulding wrote:
It will come out of social services spending.
Our poor are doing ok, food banks are performing well.
Our council has to prioritise.
James Alexander has to use the cycle event for maximum exposure of himself.
He should get arrested then.
[quote][p][bold]capt spaulding[/bold] wrote: It will come out of social services spending. Our poor are doing ok, food banks are performing well. Our council has to prioritise. James Alexander has to use the cycle event for maximum exposure of himself.[/p][/quote]He should get arrested then. Paul Meoff
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11:12am Sat 22 Dec 12

again says...

They could route the event over roads they really need to repair and thus achieve both objectives in one go.

Alternatively they could ride all-terrain bikes instead of their normal ultra lightweight machines.
They could route the event over roads they really need to repair and thus achieve both objectives in one go. Alternatively they could ride all-terrain bikes instead of their normal ultra lightweight machines. again
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11:26am Sat 22 Dec 12

yorkshirelad says...

In France large sections of road get upgraded before the Tour de France...the race benefits, but of course the upgraded road benefits all road users after the race.

There it's done with great pride at being chosen to be part of the route and in anticipation at the worldwide media exposure.

As London did both for it's Tour de France chance in 2007 and for the Olympics this year, we will put on a great show.

In fact we'll do it better than London. Bring the race on!
In France large sections of road get upgraded before the Tour de France...the race benefits, but of course the upgraded road benefits all road users after the race. There it's done with great pride at being chosen to be part of the route and in anticipation at the worldwide media exposure. As London did both for it's Tour de France chance in 2007 and for the Olympics this year, we will put on a great show. In fact we'll do it better than London. Bring the race on! yorkshirelad
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11:27am Sat 22 Dec 12

bob the builder says...

It's started - they will use Le Tour as a cover to increase council tax, parking charges and anything else the council can make more money off to pay for Alexander's foibles. We knew it would not bring benefit to small businesses, just inconvenience and financial loss with road closures and deterring people from coming to areas it's in. The only people who will make money will be those selling overpriced food and drink.
It's started - they will use Le Tour as a cover to increase council tax, parking charges and anything else the council can make more money off to pay for Alexander's foibles. We knew it would not bring benefit to small businesses, just inconvenience and financial loss with road closures and deterring people from coming to areas it's in. The only people who will make money will be those selling overpriced food and drink. bob the builder
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11:50am Sat 22 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

bob the builder wrote:
It's started - they will use Le Tour as a cover to increase council tax, parking charges and anything else the council can make more money off to pay for Alexander's foibles. We knew it would not bring benefit to small businesses, just inconvenience and financial loss with road closures and deterring people from coming to areas it's in. The only people who will make money will be those selling overpriced food and drink.
It's started - let the whining begin.

On the positive side, it's only for 18 months. I guess the same miserable sods moaned for 7 years in the build up to the Olympics.
[quote][p][bold]bob the builder[/bold] wrote: It's started - they will use Le Tour as a cover to increase council tax, parking charges and anything else the council can make more money off to pay for Alexander's foibles. We knew it would not bring benefit to small businesses, just inconvenience and financial loss with road closures and deterring people from coming to areas it's in. The only people who will make money will be those selling overpriced food and drink.[/p][/quote]It's started - let the whining begin. On the positive side, it's only for 18 months. I guess the same miserable sods moaned for 7 years in the build up to the Olympics. Paul Meoff
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12:58pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

bob the builder says...
11:27am Sat 22 Dec 12
It's started - they will use Le Tour as a cover to increase council tax, parking charges and anything else the council can make more money off to pay for Alexander's foibles. We knew it would not bring benefit to small businesses, just inconvenience and financial loss with road closures and deterring people from coming to areas it's in. The only people who will make money will be those selling overpriced food and drink.

Correct, and it's already cost us £50K with regards to the Yorkshire bid. I'm sure there's a majority of us who don't want the charade to come anywhere near York.

The Olympics lost London businesses a load of money.
[quote]bob the builder says... 11:27am Sat 22 Dec 12 It's started - they will use Le Tour as a cover to increase council tax, parking charges and anything else the council can make more money off to pay for Alexander's foibles. We knew it would not bring benefit to small businesses, just inconvenience and financial loss with road closures and deterring people from coming to areas it's in. The only people who will make money will be those selling overpriced food and drink.[/quote] Correct, and it's already cost us £50K with regards to the Yorkshire bid. I'm sure there's a majority of us who don't want the charade to come anywhere near York. The Olympics lost London businesses a load of money. Sillybillies
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2:11pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Maltoneer says...

There is no need to do-up the roads for these selfish bikers. They are accustomed to using the pavements. Keep them there. If that is not good, let the organisers pay for their pleasures and our consequential inconvenience.
There is no need to do-up the roads for these selfish bikers. They are accustomed to using the pavements. Keep them there. If that is not good, let the organisers pay for their pleasures and our consequential inconvenience. Maltoneer
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3:57pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Paul Meoff says...

Maltoneer wrote:
There is no need to do-up the roads for these selfish bikers. They are accustomed to using the pavements. Keep them there. If that is not good, let the organisers pay for their pleasures and our consequential inconvenience.
Tour de France on the pavement. Hardly the sharpest knife in the draw are you. Unless of course you are a Yank.
[quote][p][bold]Maltoneer[/bold] wrote: There is no need to do-up the roads for these selfish bikers. They are accustomed to using the pavements. Keep them there. If that is not good, let the organisers pay for their pleasures and our consequential inconvenience.[/p][/quote]Tour de France on the pavement. Hardly the sharpest knife in the draw are you. Unless of course you are a Yank. Paul Meoff
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4:33pm Sat 22 Dec 12

gjh says...

yorkshirelad wrote:
In France large sections of road get upgraded before the Tour de France...the race benefits, but of course the upgraded road benefits all road users after the race.

There it's done with great pride at being chosen to be part of the route and in anticipation at the worldwide media exposure.

As London did both for it's Tour de France chance in 2007 and for the Olympics this year, we will put on a great show.

In fact we'll do it better than London. Bring the race on!
Spot on yorkshirelad- the most sensible comment on this page by miles.Vive le Tour.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshirelad[/bold] wrote: In France large sections of road get upgraded before the Tour de France...the race benefits, but of course the upgraded road benefits all road users after the race. There it's done with great pride at being chosen to be part of the route and in anticipation at the worldwide media exposure. As London did both for it's Tour de France chance in 2007 and for the Olympics this year, we will put on a great show. In fact we'll do it better than London. Bring the race on![/p][/quote]Spot on yorkshirelad- the most sensible comment on this page by miles.Vive le Tour. gjh
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4:43pm Sat 22 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

If we are cursed with the Tour de France, it will cost us more than we can ever hope to get back.

http://www.cityam.co
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If we are cursed with the Tour de France, it will cost us more than we can ever hope to get back. http://www.cityam.co m/latest-news/allist er-heath/london-suff ering-olympic-boost- outweighed-losses Sillybillies
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8:54pm Sat 22 Dec 12

The OX says...

So its called Tour de France, then why is it coming to the UK and costing the UK ?? keep it in France,
So its called Tour de France, then why is it coming to the UK and costing the UK ?? keep it in France, The OX
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4:13am Sun 23 Dec 12

Magicman! says...

Paul Meoff wrote:
Maltoneer wrote:
There is no need to do-up the roads for these selfish bikers. They are accustomed to using the pavements. Keep them there. If that is not good, let the organisers pay for their pleasures and our consequential inconvenience.
Tour de France on the pavement. Hardly the sharpest knife in the draw are you. Unless of course you are a Yank.
Love this reposte!

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Just a little question I have.... Tour De France's opening stages have been won to be hosted in YORKshire, and yet the host city is Leeds? What's the crack, eh??
[quote][p][bold]Paul Meoff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maltoneer[/bold] wrote: There is no need to do-up the roads for these selfish bikers. They are accustomed to using the pavements. Keep them there. If that is not good, let the organisers pay for their pleasures and our consequential inconvenience.[/p][/quote]Tour de France on the pavement. Hardly the sharpest knife in the draw are you. Unless of course you are a Yank.[/p][/quote]Love this reposte! ----- Just a little question I have.... Tour De France's opening stages have been won to be hosted in YORKshire, and yet the host city is Leeds? What's the crack, eh?? Magicman!
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4:10pm Sun 23 Dec 12

bloodaxe says...

yorkshirelad wrote:
In France large sections of road get upgraded before the Tour de France...the race benefits, but of course the upgraded road benefits all road users after the race.

There it's done with great pride at being chosen to be part of the route and in anticipation at the worldwide media exposure.

As London did both for it's Tour de France chance in 2007 and for the Olympics this year, we will put on a great show.

In fact we'll do it better than London. Bring the race on!
You're on a losing ticket with this one. Most of the anti-brigade would be hard pressed to find France on the map, let alone know just what the TdF really means.
[quote][p][bold]yorkshirelad[/bold] wrote: In France large sections of road get upgraded before the Tour de France...the race benefits, but of course the upgraded road benefits all road users after the race. There it's done with great pride at being chosen to be part of the route and in anticipation at the worldwide media exposure. As London did both for it's Tour de France chance in 2007 and for the Olympics this year, we will put on a great show. In fact we'll do it better than London. Bring the race on![/p][/quote]You're on a losing ticket with this one. Most of the anti-brigade would be hard pressed to find France on the map, let alone know just what the TdF really means. bloodaxe
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5:47pm Sun 23 Dec 12

Sillybillies says...

The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries

And they should keep it in France so the French can put up with it and pay for it. It will cost York dear even by just passing near.
[quote]The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries[/quote] And they should keep it in France so the French can put up with it and pay for it. It will cost York dear even by just passing near. Sillybillies
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8:56pm Sun 23 Dec 12

tomdobson says...

amike wrote:
So £1.8 million from accommodation, two stages generating £12.2 million and £15 millon in publicity.

Where is the other £31.8 million going to come from and at what cost????
These arn't costs its what london gained from hosting in 2004.
[quote][p][bold]amike[/bold] wrote: So £1.8 million from accommodation, two stages generating £12.2 million and £15 millon in publicity. Where is the other £31.8 million going to come from and at what cost????[/p][/quote]These arn't costs its what london gained from hosting in 2004. tomdobson
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10:18am Wed 26 Dec 12

Dennis.Dart says...

Toad de Frog belongs in frog land not UK,
keep it over there with the sheep burning commys and stop wasting our taxes !!!!
Toad de Frog belongs in frog land not UK, keep it over there with the sheep burning commys and stop wasting our taxes !!!! Dennis.Dart
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12:28pm Wed 26 Dec 12

Scarlet Pimpernel says...

A loads of fuss over some bikes passing through York for a couple of hours on one day in 2014. As though that is going to benefit York residents. What a con.
A loads of fuss over some bikes passing through York for a couple of hours on one day in 2014. As though that is going to benefit York residents. What a con. Scarlet Pimpernel
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12:22am Thu 27 Dec 12

johnnyzim says...

I think the tour coming to yorkshire is great, what a load of miseries commenting on it!

it will be fabulous
I think the tour coming to yorkshire is great, what a load of miseries commenting on it! it will be fabulous johnnyzim
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4:11pm Fri 28 Dec 12

/kev/null says...

Mark Stead seems to like this article format. Take a positive story about an event, throw in some questionable/misunde
rstood/wilfully misinterpreted/made-
up figures about how much the council will pay to make it happen, watch the seething mass descend on the comments.
Mark Stead seems to like this article format. Take a positive story about an event, throw in some questionable/misunde rstood/wilfully misinterpreted/made- up figures about how much the council will pay to make it happen, watch the seething mass descend on the comments. /kev/null
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