Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the network that powers everyday life for 8 million customers, is reminding people planning to attend the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire to stay safe around its electricity network while they enjoy the prestigious cycle race.
Over the last few months the company, which delivers electricity to 3.9 million homes and businesses across the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has been checking its infrastructure ahead of the race and working with organisers Welcome to Yorkshire, local councils and the Police to help ensure the Tour de Yorkshire is a huge success.
Rod Gardner, Northern Powergrid’s head of network operations, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a prominent event for Yorkshire and we’ve been playing our part and supporting race preparations. We’ve continued to use our experience gained from supporting the last four Tour de Yorkshire events, and the 2014 Tour de France, working with Welcome to Yorkshire, the Police, local authorities and other agencies to ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.
“As with previous years races we've prepared by checking all of our equipment including poles and substations that are close to the race routes. Planned work in the race areas has also been postponed to prevent disruption to local communities and routes or those participating in the event.
“We aren’t expecting any issues during the event; however we have robust contingency plans in place to respond to and deal with anything that may arise. By taking this proactive approach, and working in partnership with other key stakeholders, we can help ensure power supplies are protected as this exciting race takes place in our region.”
In addition to Northern Powergrid’s operational preparations the company has nine employees participating in Sunday’s sportive as ‘Team Powergrid’.
Peter Dodd, commercial director at Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The support of organisations like Northern Powergrid is vital and appreciated as we work to ensure that Yorkshire is ready to showcase the fifth edition of this fantastic sporting event. Every year their experience and commitment contributes towards the extensive amount of planning that takes place behind the scenes to make hosting a major event like this in our county a reality.”
Northern Powergrid is urging anyone spectating to stay clear of electricity poles, pylons and substations. Also, if anyone spots damage to the electricity network they should contact Northern Powergrid immediately by calling 105.
The Tour de Yorkshire takes place from 2 to 5 May 2019.