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Parking warning ahead of Tour

Parking warning ahead of Tour

Published at 9:36am 17th June 2014. (Updated at 5:15pm 17th June 2014)

Drivers who ignore parking restrictions during the Tour de France face having their cars towed away.

That is one of the warnings issued by North Yorkshire County Council as it urges people to plan ahead for the race which starts on 5 July.

County Councillor Gareth Dadd, Executive Member for Highways, said: "This is a fantastic event, and the benefits to North Yorkshire will be enormous, both in the immediate term and the longer term through the cycling legacy work and through increased tourism.

"We want to make sure therefore that everything is in place to make it a huge success."

Yellow signs are now appearing along major routes in the area, alerting residents to the Grand Départ parking restrictions and road closures.

No vehicles will be allowed to park on the race route or access roads, which have to be kept clear during and ahead of the race.

The authority says any vehicles left parked on the race route will be removed, with owners responsible for finding a suitable alternative location to leave their vehicle.

The route will still be available for people to walk and cycle along up to approximately one hour before the publicity caravan passes through.

Restrictions:

•  For the Stage 1 route, residents and businesses must move vehicles from 7pm on Friday 4 July until the race has gone through and the road is reopened.

•  In Harrogate town centre, vehicles will not be able to park on roads where parking has been suspended to accommodate the event from 12.01am on Saturday 5 July. It is anticipated the suspension will be lifted from 10pm on Saturday 5 July, but it could be later depending on spectator dispersal and the removal of race infrastructure.

•  For the Stage 2 route, residents and businesses must move vehicles from 7pm on Saturday 5 July until the race has gone through and the road is reopened.

Councillor Dadd added: "We want to ensure that the Grand Départ passes off smoothly for everyone - for the competitors, for the spectators, and for all other residents and highways users.

"We are doing all we can to make sure that it is successful - and that as far as possible, disruption for everyone who needs to use our roads on the weekend of 5 and 6 July, and the days either side of the event, is kept to a minimum."

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