Tour of Britain brings in almost �6million for region

THIS year s Tour of Britain generated almost �6 million for the South West economy.

THIS year's Tour of Britain generated almost �6 million for the South West economy.

Around a quarter of a million people turned out to see the two stages in the region, Devon and Somerset County councils have revealed.

A survey carried out by an independent consultation company Ekosgen estimated �5.8million was spent in the region.

Councillor William Mumford, Devon County Council cabinet member for economic regeneration and strategic planning, said: "Devon and Somerset can feel proud to have hosted some of the most spectacular racing of this year's tour."

Cllr Stuart Hughes, cabinet member for highways and transportation, said: "The crowds at both south west stages in Devon and Somerset were incredible and it gave the race a really special atmosphere.