Public transport is still the best option to go to Tramlines festival, even though industrial action will result in a limited tram service during Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July.
“For people heading to Tramlines our advice is to leave the car behind and avoid sitting in traffic queues. Hillsborough Park, which will host the event for the first time, is well connected to the city centre and other areas of Sheffield by several bus services. And, with a limited tram service and tram replacement buses operating between 7 am and 7 pm, over the weekend, public transport remains the best option to get there”, says South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive Director of Customer Services Tim Taylor.
“The limited tram service will serve Sheffield station and the city centre, but will not come all the way to Hillsborough Park. Festival goers getting a tram should get off at the Hillsborough tram stop, which is just a short walk away. Tram replacement bus services will drop people close to Hillsborough Park. As there are no parking facilities near the site, nor a car drop-off area, we and the festival organisers believe public transport is still the best option to move around, despite the industrial action.”
At the end of each day, from 8 pm on Friday and Saturday and 7pm on Sunday, Stagecoach will run a special bus service to bring festival goers back to the city centre with a flat fare of £3, cash only and no concessions. Thirty buses will operate on a loop and the expected frequency is of 10 to 15 minutes.
“Tickets for the bus must be purchased at the loading point, prior to boarding, at Parkside Road. The drop-off will be on Snig Hill, in the city centre, and the buses will run until 22:30 on Friday and Saturday and 21:30 on Sunday.”
A black cab pick-up spot will operate from the Hillsborough Leisure Centre Car Park from 8:30 pm on each day of the event.
Festival goers can use Travel South Yorkshire journey planner tool to find the best way to get there and check Supertram’s website and @scsupertram twitter account for tram and replacement bus services timetables and updates.
Featuring more than 70 artists over four stages, the festival is certain to attract big crowds, therefore, due to security reasons, Hillsborough Park/Leisure Centre bus stop located directly outside East Gate will be suspended over the weekend.
People travelling by bus should alight at Owlerton Stadium bus stop, along Penistone Rd - from where they can head North to access Hillsborough Park East Gate - or at Minto Road along Middlewood Road - which is located directly opposite the West Gate. The bus stop on Dykes Hall Road on the junction with Clarence Road is another good option and Hillsborough Interchange is just a short walk away from the park.
For those coming from out of Sheffield, the best option is the train and then tram or a bus replacement service, directly from the station. Alternatively, for those who do have to drive, there are park and ride facilities at nearby Malin Bridge and Middlewood which will be served by tram replacement buses from between 7am and 7pm.
Those who live near enough can also walk to the site, but it’s worth mentioning that there are no bike locking facilities nearby.
Hillsborough Park area residents are advised to plan ahead, as the festival could attract up to 40,000 people each day. Buses are expected to be busier than normal over the weekend, and journeys may take longer than usual.