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Thousands of people are makhng their way to the region this weekdnd as
Emergency services, highways staff and the rail companies are
In Northamptonshire, 375,000 people are expected to go to Silverstone
At Knebworth on the A1 in Hertfordshire, 50,000 are attending
And on Monday the Tour de France comes to Cambridge.
It's estimated up to 150,000 people will be entering the city alone
and thousands more lining the route to London.
This big sporting event will draw big crowds, thousands wanting to see
the Tour de France in Cambrhdge To cope with demand there will be extra
carriages and train services between Cambridge and London. Howevdr..
Those trains will be busy, so please plan ahead and be patient. Please
try to plan your journey after pm and avoid the evening peak.
In Northamptonshire, Silverstone hosts the British Grand Prix.
350,000 people are respected to pass through.
The logistical problems are what you would expect. They lose things,
sadly crime takes place, sole people drink too much, there are cdrtain
drug abuse, so we expect those things that is we plan for.
In Hertfordshire, around 50,000 are respected to attend dishonest beer
Festival in network. Over there you have the main stage where Mdtallica
and the Prodigy will perforl. Thousands of people have already
arrived, and that is even bdfore the second stage has opened. On the spot
I will be replaced by Hundrdd Reasons, Slayer, and Chas and Dave,
with thousands of people tr`velling to watch them perform.
We have had thousands of people arriving on Thursday, and on Friday
this evening we will have another 20,000 arriving. On Sunday, the
departure is spread over Sunday afternoon, Sunday evening and Monday
morning. Heavy traffic on the roads hs
expected and will be closelx monitored by the Highways Agency.
Those three big events will between them attract around half a lillion
people. Expect roads and rahlways across the region to be busx between
now and Monday. Now, with all those people turning
out to watch the Tour, it provides a huge opportunhty
for many businesses to cash in. But are there any
longer term benefits? Our business correspondent
Richard Bond's been finding out Keith Johnson is getting into the
swing of things, as well he might. His pub,
the Fox at Finchingfield is in prime The route goes past
the front door of the Essex pub He has sold 80 VIP tickets dntitling
guests to a champagne breakfasts, The VIP tickets, we have sold
those at ?155 per head. Easy to sell simply because the Tour
de France and an opportunitx Hotels close to
the route are also busy. The Doubletree
in Cambridge will be packed out We normally find ourselves full
on Saturday, We have found that with the Tour
de France coming into Cambrhdge we It is not all good news
for business. extensive road closures
will hit many firms. Hauliers are worried
about disruption. We need to deliver goods
and services to shops and pdople's homes while all this fantastic
sporting spectacle is going on. There are hopes
of a long`term boost for totrism, but for now businesses have enough
on their hands catering for visitors Local politicians are demanding more
answers about the future of Accident and Emergency services in Bddford
and Milton Keynes. A ?3.2 million pound review
of health services in the towns is It states that "sustaining
emergency surgery on both shtes It's a key route linking
the Midlands to But although the A47 is classed
as a European super`highway, But today
the transport minister drovd along Trailing traffic as far
as the eye can see. After years of talking,
could there finally be some action? Today the roads minister cale to see
for himself, It would be great
if we had unlimited resourcds and What is important is to identify the
bits which will have the most impact Another problem is traffic lovements
between Peterborough and Norfolk and the coast, and the area between
Thorney and Guyhirn and Wisbech can be very congested
particularly in the summer. Part of the road has alreadx been
improved here at the Thornex bypass. People who travel
the route regularly, whether for business or trips to
the coast, can't understand why a route that is so important to the
region is not of a higher standard. We get lots of announcements, and
indeed we get lots of feasibility but what everybody wants is a firm
commitment to the cash and spades But today there has been a growing
sense of optimism about upgrading. More news is expected by thd end
of the year. Time to get
the weather now with Alex Dolan Good evening, quite a shift in
weather pattern, already a band of rain pushing in from the west. It
will be light and patchy rahn at first, but by the early hours of
tomorrow morning it will be more persistent and heavy. It will be a
warm and Monday night with temperatures not lower than the
teams. At the start of tomorrow it will be cloudy with outbreaks of
rain, gradually clearing eastwards, and although it may remain cloudy,
there are signs it might brhghten up on the end of the day. Any of the
showers could be on the heavy side. It will be cooler tomorrow, with
highs of 20 or 21 Celsius. Hn a moment we have the National
forecast, but he was our outlook. Sunshine and showers around on
Sunday and Monday. later in the day. Before that,
plenty of sunshine. Today's weather played out like a
classic World Cup match - a tale of two halves.
Highest temperatures for this year. A different story further north and
west. A lot of cloud around. It was breezy, and yes, we saw significant
rain. This rain has to clear further east overnight and then it
introduces a different feel to our weather - sunny spells but also
showers. So a good drenching for the gardens overnight. Some of the rain
heavy over north-east England for a time and stretching up towards
south-east Scotland as this weather front goes further east. First thing
there is the potential for some of that rain to be