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Tour de France 2014 Route & Information

Each year the Grand Départ of the Tour de France takes part outside of France and this year sees the UK welcome its return for the first time since 2007.  With the first two stages of the 3,700km race taking place in Yorkshire on the 5 and 6 July followed by the third and final stage, before the Tour departs for France, taking place between Cambridge and London on 7 July, this year is your chance to be a part of the world’s biggest cycling event!

View a map of our additional and amended Tour de France scheduled services.

To find out more on how East Midlands Trains can help you to experience the Tour de France 2014 see below .

Travelling to the Race

Covering a total of 389km of Yorkshire’s finest land and 159km of Cambridge’s, Essex’s and London’s greatest sights, following the race around the UK could not be easier thanks to the additional 1,350 seats we’ve added to our train services for the event.  These additional seats even include a special direct train service from Sheffield to Cambridge on 6 July so that you can travel straight from the finish line of Stage 2 to the starting location of Stage 3 from just £19.  Whether you choose to reflect back on the day’s events or plan for the next stage of the Tour – our services provide a great value and comfortable way to travel to Leeds, Sheffield, Cambridge and London thanks to our additional services listed below, plus you’ll also benefit from missing the traffic! 

See below for how our additional services can help you to travel to the Tour de France and be a part of the action:

Date Service Details
Friday 4 July 1825 London St Pancras - Leeds This journey is benefitting from an extended journey through to Leeds.
Saturday 5 July 0545 London St Pancras - Leeds This journey is benefitting from an extended journey through to Leeds and over 150 extra seats.
  0525 Derby - Sheffield This is an additional service direct to Sheffield for connecting services to Leeds.
Sunday 6 July 1750 York - London St Pancras This service will call at Meadowhall at 1833 and benefit from over 150 extra seats.
  1750 Sheffield - London St Pancras This service will benefit from over 150 extra seats
  1858 Sheffield - Cambridge This is an additional service direct to Cambridge for Stage Three.

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Special Stage Three Service: Sheffield - Cambridge

As mentioned above, to allow you to travel smoothly from the end of Stage Two to the start of Stage Three, we've added a special service departing Sheffield at 1858 and arriving into Cambridge at 2140.  As the only direct service operating from Sheffield to Cambridge, this service will allow you to digest the day's events, relax and prepare for the excitement ahead at Stage Three!  This service also stops at Nottingham, Peterborough and Ely, so even if you haven't witnessed the end of Stage Two, you can still make sure that you cheer on the cyclists at the beginning of Stage Three.

Plus, with Advance fares starting from just £19 one way, not only are you avoiding changing at stations, but you can also save up to £47 when booking an Advance fare online as opposed to a Standard Anytime Single.*


*Saving refers to the difference in price between purchasing a single Advance Fare at eastmidlandstrains.co.uk in comparison to purchasing a Standard Anytime Single available online and at any Ticket Office.  Standard Anytime Single is priced at £66.

Return Travel From Stage Three

The grand finale of the Grand Départ will take place at the quintessentially British location of The Mall, London, with elite cyclists such as Chris Froome and Mark Cavendish passing the famous London sights of the Olympic Stadium and Tower Bridge on their way to the sprint finish.  Whether you choose to travel straight to London or visit the start of Stage 3 in Cambridge before heading to the capital, with 4 services an hour from London St Pancras, our many services will provide a comfortable journey back from the finish line:

Date Service Details
Monday 7 July London St Pancras - Sheffield Our usual two services an hour will get you home when you need to; our last service departs London St Pancras for Sheffield at 2225.
  London St Pancras - Nottingtham Our usual two services an hour will get you home when you need to; our last service departs London St Pancras for Nottingham at 2315.

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Fan Parks and Spectator Hubs

If you’re not planning on watching the Tour De France roadside, you can still be a part of the action at one of the many Fan Parks and Spectator Hubs taking place across our network.  With giant screens broadcasting the event at several locations in London and Sheffield, a Fan Park will provide you with a fantastic atmosphere to enjoy the entire race in just one place!

 See below for which Fan Parks you could enjoy the race from:

  • London – Green Park
  • London – Trafalgar Square
  • London – Olympic Park
  • London – Canary Wharf
  • Sheffield – Don Valley Bowl
  • Sheffield High Bradfield
  • Sheffield – Meadowhall
  • Sheffield – Wincobank Common
  • Sheffield – Abbeyfield Park

To book your train tickets to one of the many Fan Parks click here.

Cycles on Trains and Cycle Storage at Stations

If you’re planning on taking your cycle with you on your train journey please bear in mind that we have a limited amount of space for cycles on our trains and therefore cycle reservations are required before travel.  To book your cycle reservation please click here.

If you plan on travelling with a folding cycle you are more than welcome to do so and folding cycles do not require a reservation, however they must be able to fit safely into our on board luggage racks.

Alternatively, if you are planning on storing your cycle at one of our stations, we have a number of Cycle Hubs available at a number of our stations which provide secure storage of your cycle.  We are also adding additional cycle storage facilities at Sheffield Station for the duration of The Tour de France.  To find out which of our stations have cycle storage facilities click here.

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Tour de France Tips and Advice

The Tour de France is expected to be extremely busy and we are expecting the same for our trains, therefore in order for you to make the most of your Tour de France experience, below are a few tips for spectators and those travelling to the race:

View the Race from One Location             Each stage is expected to be extremely busy, therefore it is best to pick one place to enjoy the race from rather than experiencing the stress of travelling to a second vantage point in time for the race to pass!
Book Your Train Tickets in Advance

Advance tickets for the Tour de France are out now so make sure to book your tickets early in order to receive the best value tickets.  Plus when you book your tickets in advance, you will also be able to avoid the queues for tickets on the day by collecting your tickets in advance.

Reserve Your Seats Make sure to reserve your seat when booking so as to guarantee yourself a seat during your journey.
Reserve Your Cycle Space
If you do plan to travel with your cycle on one of our trains make sure to book your cycle reservation, failure to do so may result in you experiencing delays whilst waiting for a space on board one of our trains for your cycle.
Avoid Peak Train Times

If you are travelling to or from London, it is always cheaper if you travel outside of peak times.  See our train ticket types page for more infomation.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

In the event of hot weather make sure to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Allow Yourself Plenty of Time

During the Tour de France our ticket offices, stations and trains may be very busy, therefore we advise that you allow yourself plenty of travel time to ensure that you don’t miss your train.  Doors close two minutes prior to departure at London St Pancras and 40 seconds prior to departure at all other stations, therefore please bear this in mind when travelling to the station.

Tram Services If travelling to Sheffield Station from Meadowhall, in addition to our 1750 York to London St Pancras calling at Meadowhall, you can also make use of the Supertram which is offering regular tram services to Sheffield city centre every 16 minutes from Meadowhall, with connecting services to Sheffield Station.  To view tram times click here.
Extend Your Visit If you've got the time why not stay the night in London once Stage Three has finished?  Not only will you be able to enjoy an evening out in the capital, but you'll also avoid the busy trains on Monday 7 July.

 

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