Leave le car for Grand Depart - park and ride at Wakefield Westgate

New Westgate station.  (w602q350)
New Westgate station. (w602q350)

Spectators wanting to see the Tour De France can use a park and ride scheme in the city centre.

People can leave their cars at Merchant Gate car park and travel from Westgate Station to see Le Tour, which runs through Leeds and Harrogate on Saturday, July 5 and York and Sheffield on Sunday, July 6.

A full day of parking on the Saturday and Sunday will cost £5 per day.

Coun Les Shaw, cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: “With the Tour de France only weeks away there is a real excitement in the air – and the last thing people want is to worry about parking and travelling to see Le Tour.

“We are hoping to make seeing Le Tour even easier by offering convenient parking.

“We are urging visitors to make use of Wakefield’s car parking at Merchant Gate which is adjacent to the train station, with 900 spaces for rail users.

“There are trains running every hour to Huddersfield, Sheffield and York and every 15-30 minutes to Leeds.

“This will make journeys easier and more convenient for visitors to get to the race as disruption is expected during the Tour de France weekend.”

The race will be live-streamed on a big screen at Trinity Walk from 9am until 3pm.

Other Le Tour events in the district include cycle rides at The Hepworth Wakefield and a stuntmen show at The Ridings from 11am-3pm.

For more information visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/merchantgate or www.nationalrail.co.uk or follow @TdFYorksTravel and #TdfTravel on Twitter.