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Stay safe at the Tour de Yorkshire

Stay safe at the Tour de Yorkshire

Published at 1:02am 27th April 2018.

Tour de Yorkshire spectators are being reminded to stay safe next week. 

Over the last few months the company, which is responsible for running the region’s electricity network has been checking its infrastructure ahead of the event and working with the race organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, local councils and the police to help ensure the Tour de Yorkshire is a huge success.

Northern Powergrid is urging local people who will be spectating to stay clear of electricity poles, pylons and substations. Also, if anyone spots damage to the company’s network they should contact Northern Powergrid immediately by calling 105.

Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s head of network operations, said:

“This is a prestigious event for Yorkshire and we’ve been playing our part and supporting preparations. We’ve continued to use our experience gained from supporting the last three Tour de Yorkshire events, and the 2014 Tour de France, to work with Welcome to Yorkshire, the Police, local authorities, and other agencies to help ensure this year’s event runs safely and smoothly.

“As part of our preparations we’ve checked all of our equipment including poles and substations that are close to the race routes.  We’ve also postponed any planned work in the race areas to prevent disruption to local communities and routes or those participating in the event. 

“Whilst we aren’t expecting any issues during the event, we have robust contingency plans in place to respond to and deal with anything that may arise. By taking this proactive approach, and working in partnership with other key stakeholders, we can help ensure power supplies are protected as this exciting race takes place in our region.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

“The support of organisations like Northern Powergrid is vital and appreciated as we work to ensure that Yorkshire is ready to showcase the fourth edition of this fantastic sporting event.  Every year their experience and commitment contributes towards the extensive amount of planning that takes place behind the scenes to make hosting a major event like this in our county a reality.”

The Tour de Yorkshire takes place from 3rd to 6th May 2018.  

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