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On Saturday 5th July 2014 the Tour de France will set off from Leeds City Centre in the morning and will pass right through the heart of Alwoodley on the A61 to Harewood.
It presents an amazing opportunity to see one of the worlds biggest sporting events … right on our doorstep.
Facilitating the Tour will require quite significant road closures and restrictions on the Saturday between around 7am and 3pm and as promised we are posting details of the effected roads right here on the website.
If you have any special requirements on the day of the 5th please keep these road closures and restrictions in mind. In case of urgent need, of course, the emergency services will be fully operational. If you do have a specific concern please contact Cllr Dan Cohen.
As everyone now knows, Yorkshire has been declared one of the top 3 places to visit – in the World. Quite right too!
This has come about, not only because Alwoodley is located here, but also partly as a result of the great news that the Tour de France “Grand Depart” will take place in the County and will set off from Leeds on Saturday 5th July this year with a 100 day festival building up to the event itself.
It is difficult to comprehend just how big an event this is. There will be 200 televi- sion stations covering all aspects of the occasion and the crowds are forecast to be massive.
In addition to the bikes and riders there will be an enormous “caravan” of associated vehicles stretching 5 or 6 miles.
The route from the City centre will include the A61,so it will travel right through the middle of Alwoodley. The benefits to the city will be immense – more tourism alone means an increase in business opportunities – and jobs.
However because of the sheer scale of the Tour, whole roads will be sealed off to through traffic and we understand that there will be no access on or through the A61 for much of the day (between around 7am to 3pm).
Many residents, homes and buildings will be affected. We will do our very best to keep you fully informed and Peter, Dan and Neil will post updates on www.alwoodleyward.co.uk and on our twitter feed @ALWOODLEYWARD.
Our current Conservative Member of the European Parliament Timothy Kirkhope will be number one on the party’s list for the Yorkshire and the Humber region, he is joined by five other Conservative candidates, including Alex Story, John Procter, Carolyn Abbott, Michael Naughton and Ryan Stephenson to contest the elections.
Father-of-three Alex Story is a former Olympic rower and has campaigned in parliamentary and local elections across the region.
John Procter has been a Leeds City Councillor since 1992 and is the chief executive officer of successful facilities management company.
Carolyn Abbott is a director of a family-run manufacturing business in Sheffield and has worked as a parliamentary res
earcher in Westminster.
Michael Naughton is currently a policy adviser to the Conservative Group in the European Parliament.
Ryan Stephenson was born and bred in Leeds where he has pursued a career in communications. Ryan has campaigned across the region and is an advisory board member at a flagship primary academy.