Festival goers urged to leave the car at home when heading to Tramlines.
Public transport is the best option to go to Sheffield Tramlines festival, with the Supertram network running a full service on Friday 19, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July.
“We encourage festival goers to ditch their car and travel by tram or bus to get to Hillsborough Park, which will host the festival for the second year running”, says South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor.
“Essential Rail Replacement works, which began in April, are suspended for the weekend to minimise disruption to the public. There will be trams running from the city centre towards Hillsborough every six minutes during the day. In the evenings and on Sunday they will run every 10 minutes.”
To get to the main stages in Hillsborough Park, festival goers can catch the Yellow route service to Hillsborough Park tram stop, or the Blue route service to Hillsborough tram stop, which is a five-minute walk to the park.
After the event, people should head to Leppings Lane tram stop, as the Hillsborough Park stop will be closed.
“Tickets can be purchased in advance via Stagecoach Bus app or onboard trams, if you’re paying with cash. A £4.20 Tram Only Dayrider ticket will give you unlimited tram travel for the day. Stagecoach is also offering a Tramlines 2 Day ticket for £8.00, available to purchase on trams only on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 July.”, said James Stewart, Head of Customer Services at Supertram.
Festival goers coming from outside Sheffield can connect to the tram at Sheffield rail station. Those coming from Rotherham can catch the tram train and change to either the Blue or Yellow route at Cathedral tram stop.
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 timetables and updates.
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.
Alternatively, for those who do have to drive, there are park and ride facilities at nearby Malin Bridge and Middlewood.
Those who live nearby can also walk to the site, but it’s worth mentioning there are no bike locking facilities in the area.
Hillsborough Park area residents are advised to plan ahead, as the festival could attract up to 40,000 people each day. Trams are expected to be busier than normal over the weekend, and journeys may take longer than usual.