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Liberal Democrats investing in cycling facilities in Yorkshire

February 20, 2015 2:01 PM

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a £800,000 investment in cycling in Yorkshire.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced today that Yorkshire will be getting £800,000 to help market the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire cycling event to international visitors and build new facilities in the region.

Following last years successful Grand Depart, £300,000 of funding will be invested by Welcome to Yorkshire on marketing to promote the new Tour de Yorkshire cycling race both internationally and across the region to increase the number of tourists visiting the event.

The larger £500,000 will go to improve cycling facilities in Yorkshire. The investment will contribute to constructing a number of cycle circuits across the county. Every year each circuit will support 10,000 competitive and recreational cyclists who want to take part in the sport away from traffic, with access to the best support facilities.

Announcing the funding Nick said:

"Yorkshire wore the yellow jersey with pride last year, with an incredible staging of the Tour de France Grand Depart. The Tour de Yorkshire this summer is the perfect opportunity to build on this lasting legacy, attracting visitors again, which in turn will boost business in the region.

"Through my Northern Futures initiative, we have already announced £10m to back proposals for a co-ordinated tourism strategy in the North. This further funding will ensure the Tour de Yorkshire gets international attention on a grand scale, whilst investment for new facilities will help the sport grow so that everyone can enjoy cycling."