Details of York's Tour de France Route Revealed This Morning
7:13am 23rd October 2013
We'll find out this morning exactly which roads the Tour de France will go down when it comes to York next July.
All we know so far is that the York Stage 2 start will begin on the city’s outer roads and will move on to Upper Poppleton and Green Hammerton before continuing through Yorkshire’s cycle route, before moving on to London and then to France.
The total cost to the city is expected to be £1.6 million and critics want a full business case to help stop costs rising.
The Yorkshire economy is expected to get a £100 million pound boost from the event.
David Shields from Welcome to Yorkshire says those places in North Yorkshire which are not on the route will also benefit.
York Council says the event will enhance the reputation of the city; maximise the economic benefit and opportunity; and secure a long lasting legacy.
Councillor Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “The Tour de France is one of the world’s top global sporting events attracting a TV audience of over 3.5 billion people. When the Grand Départ came to London in 2007, the economic benefit from hosting this major event was estimated to be £88m and a further £35m worth of media coverage to London and surrounding region. Working with our city partners and our own expert officers, we have a proven track record of staging high-quality, large-scale events which involve and delight local people and reach international TV audiences. Whilst this will be a huge boost to the city's leisure and tourism industries, it is also a complex and challenging event to deliver, with an estimated additional 180,000 people coming into the city for our leg of the Tour. The event is now less than a year away and our focus is very much on the delivery of the York element, ensuring we have the necessary investment to be able to maximise the benefits for the city.”
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