Tour de France

Tour de France

Published: Tuesday, 8 July
Our officers were present at busy stations and along parts of the route to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for all.

Tour de France

From Saturday, 5th  July to Monday 7th 2014, the 101st Tour de France made its way through Yorkshire, across the Dales and then on to Cambridge before finishing in the capital.

An estimated 3.5 million people lined the route across the three stages which took the tour from Leeds to Harrogate, York to Sheffield and finally Cambridge to London.

Tens of thousands of people travelled by rail in order to watch the Tour, with Leeds station seeing numbers reach 243,000 on Saturday as people flocked to watch the Grand Depart.

Leeds station manager Helen Dawson said: “I have never seen queues like the ones we experienced this Saturday. We estimate that around 10,000 people travelled to Harrogate from Leeds. The fact that so many people were all travelling on the same route made it more of a challenge.

“Understandably passengers were anxious to see the race but they queued with good humour and responded well to the volunteers who were giving out water and advice in equal measure.”

Additional services were put along the route to ensure the safe and timely moving of crowds.

BTP officers were in attendance at all stations along the route, helping manage the large crowds. Despite the huge numbers of people there were no arrests directly related to the Tour over the three day period.

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