Yorkshire taken by surprise as it turns out hosting the Tour depart might cost some money

And preparations for the Tour will affect county's highway maintenance programme next year...

Yorkshire councils, having studied the proposals for the winning Yorkshire Grand Depart bid for the 2014 Tour de France, have said that preparations for the race might affect road maintenance plans for next year, as the budget will have to be diverted towards the race.

Planned repairs might now not go ahead, and other roads will have to be made good, the York Press reported.

A report by David Bowe, corporate director of business and environmental services, appears to only now acknowledge the “clear financial implications” for the council.

“There could be a requirement for highway improvement works along the route within North Yorkshire, predominantly to mitigate the risk of injury to the competitors,” it said.

“It is understood the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) [who organise the Tour] will provide details of any works they require, which could include measures such as resurfacing roads and removal of street furniture. The programme for 2013/14 could therefore need to be reprofiled to enable the required works to be completed prior to the event.

“This would clearly have an impact on the overall programme, meaning planned maintenance schemes elsewhere would be delayed.”

The report said that said the “exact financial implications” of the Tour would not be confirmed until technical contract documents are provided from Welcome To Yorkshire, and the official signing off with the ASO will depend on all the finances being in place.

The York Press wrote: "Welcome To Yorkshire has said the 2014 event could surpass the £73 million London gained by staging the 2007 Grand Depart, with up to £1.8 million expected to be spent on accommodation, as much as £12.2 million per stage forecast to be spent on retail, food and catering, and about £15 million worth of publicity tipped to be generated through media coverage."

So perhaps all the other potholes might get mended too - eventually.

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