Sport Minister Hugh Robertson: No more money for Tour de France Yorkshire Grand Départ
£10 million "very generous" compared to other events
Sport Minister Hugh Robertson has repeated that the government will not fund next year’s Tour de France Grand Depart in Yorkshire beyond the £10 million already pledged to support the event.
The BBC reports that while visiting Yorkshire on Tuesday, Mr Robertson said that the allocation of funding was “a very generous grant” compared to other events.
However, Yorkshire police bosses have complained that organisers do not appear to have properly assessed the cost of supervising the two days of racing in Yorkshire.
North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan says her force could face a £1 million shortfall in policing the race.
Mr Robertson said: "If you look at the money given to comparable events such as the Rugby League World Cup, that's about half-a-million pounds, £10m is a very generous grant from central government that will enable Yorkshire to run an absolutely fantastic event next year.
"I'm confident that everybody here is focused on delivering a fantastic event for the county for cycling and for this country's sporting reputation."
Event co-ordinator TDF 2014 Ltd said it was in talks with police forces.
Tourism body Welcome to Yorkshire's chief executive Gary Verity, said: "In just over nine months' time the world's leading cyclists will be lining up in Leeds for the start of what will undoubtedly be one of the proudest moments in Yorkshire's sporting history.
"We expect millions of people to be lining the roadside creating an atmosphere not seen before in the UK.
"Yorkshire is proud to be playing such a pivotal part in this global sporting event, the county will be ready to welcome the world and to host an unforgettable Grand Départ."