Tramlines festival – Hillsborough Park, Friday 21 – Sunday 23 July 2023 – travel by public transport
As you may be aware this year’s Tramlines festival will be taking part over the weekend of Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, at Hillsborough Park, with the capacity to accommodate 40,000 festival goers. Featuring an amazing line-up with bands and artists across four stages, plus comedy, and dedicated family area, along with a tantalising offering of food and drink, the festival is certain to attract large crowds.
South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and Tramlines festival organisers are urging the public to plan before they travel to the event and to use available public transport services as there are no parking facilities available near the venue.
Travelling to and from the event by public transport
Hillsborough Park is well connected to the city centre by bus and tram services, making travelling by public transport the most convenient way to get to and from the festival.
Travelling by tram
A normal tram service is planned to continue to run throughout the day until the evening on Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July so people can travel to the venue and others can make their journeys as normal.
To get to the main stages in Hillsborough Park, festival goers can catch the Yellow Route service to Hillsborough Park or Leppings Lane tram stops, or the Blue Route service to Hillsborough tram stop, which is a five-minute walk to the park.
Festival goers wanting to travel home via tram will be directed out of the park via the exit at Parkside Road to board the tram at the Leppings Lane tram stop. A queueing system and ticket checks will be in place to direct customers, help to keep people safe, and speed up the boarding process to avoid any issues onboard. No other tram stops will be served.
A revised service will operate to provide trams after the festival from Leppings Lane into the city centre. Services will operate as follows:
Friday 21 July and Saturday 22 July – 22:00 to 23:00 and Sunday 23 July – 21:00 to 22:00:
- Blue Route and Yellow Route services will terminate at Shalesmoor.
- The only services operating between Shalesmoor and Middlewood/Malin Bridge will be event special trams which will serve Leppings Lane city bound tram stop only. This means the following tram stops are expected to be closed during these times:
- Malin Bridge
- Leppings Lane (towards Middlewood)
- Hillsborough Park (both directions)
- Hillsborough (both directions)
- Bamforth Street (both directions)
- Langsett Primrose View (both directions)
- Infirmary Road (both directions)
The latest information and travel advice over the festival weekend are available at stagecoachbus.com/news/yorkshire/2023/july/tramlines-festival—travel-advice-and-information.
Travelling by bus
Information regarding bus services available to travel to the event can be found by using our journey planner at journeyplanner.travelsouthyorkshire.com/ or other journey planning tools.
Traffic management for the Tramlines event will be in place to ensure the safety of pedestrians and all road users, including a one-way bus and tram only traffic lane to ensure public transport from Sheffield city centre can safely pass through the area until the event closes.
Large crowds of festival goers are expected between 21:45 – 23:00 on the Friday and Saturday and 20:45 – 22:00 on the Sunday as the festival draws to an end. To allow these crowds to disperse safely, there will be some changes to bus services travelling through the area as follows:
- 7 Crystal Peaks – Sheffield – Ecclesfield – journeys are unable to stop between Penistone Road/Rutland Road and Halifax Road/Southey Green Road
- 18 (First) – Sheffield – Norton Lees – Meadowhall – Hillsborough – will terminate at Southey/Shirecliffe – at Herries Road/Galworthy Road
- 52 (Stagecoach) & 52a (First) – Woodhouse – Sheffield -Hillsborough – will operate as normal
- 57 (Stagecoach) – Sheffield – Hillsborough – Stocksbridge:
- Towards Stocksbridge – journeys will operate as normal
- Towards Sheffield – the 21:49 journey on Friday and Saturday and 20:30 on Sunday will not serve stops between Middlewood Road/Catch Bar Lane and Infirmary Road/Penistone Road. The nearest alternative stops are Hillsborough Middlewood Road/Marion Road, stops on Penistone Road between Hillsborough Park and Shalesmoor, or Shalesmoor/Ebenezer Street
- 61 and 62 (Stagecoach) – Hillsborough – Bradfield – will be unable to serve Hillsborough, Wadsley and Wisewood and journeys will start and terminates near the tram stop at Holme/Malin Bridge
- 81 & 82 (First) Stannington – Sheffield Dore/Millhouses –will terminate at Hillsborough Interchange and will not serve Stannington
- 86 (Stagecoach) – Chapeltown – Sheffield – Lowedges – will be unable to stop between Penistone Road/Rutland Road and Halifax Road/Fox Hill Road
- 97 & 98 (First) – Hillsborough – Sheffield – Totley – will terminate at Southey Green Road/Moonshine Lane roundabout.
Customer service advisors will be located at Hillsborough Interchange and most affected stops to provide guidance to passengers. Customers should expect delays to services and prepare for longer journey times.
For security reasons, the two bus stops on Penistone Road – Penistone Road/Parkside Road Stop ID: 37020481 and Penistone Road/Beulah Road Stop ID: 37020475 (near Hillsborough Park/Hillsborough Leisure Centre) – will be suspended at all times over the festival weekend.
Customer information notices will be posted on the affected stops in advance of the closure.
A number of bus stops around the festival may also be temporarily suspended after the event ends for safety reasons due to the high volumes of pedestrians.
Travelling from outside Sheffield
The RMT Union has announced industrial action will be taking place on Thursday 20 July, Saturday 22 July and Saturday 29 July 2023 causing disruption to rail services operating through the region. Those planning to travel to the festival by train are advised to check with their operating company before they travel, expect severe disruption, and allow extra time to make their journey as limited services will be available. Any services which do operate are expected to be extremely busy and operate a reduced timetable, starting later than usual and finishing earlier. The Blue Route tram can be boarded from Sheffield railway station.
By Tram Train
Anyone travelling from Rotherham can use the Tram Train service to Sheffield city centre and change to either the Yellow or Blue Route tram service at the Cathedral tram stop.
Alternatively, if travelling by car, there are Park & Ride facilities at nearby Malin Bridge and Middlewood with tram and bus connections to the venue. Further information about Park & Ride sites is available at travelsouthyorkshire.com/en-gb/populardestinations/sheffield-park-and-ride.
How will Tramlines festival impact local residents’ journeys?
Hillsborough Park area residents are advised to plan ahead, as the festival could attract up to 40,000 people each day. Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) will be in place to deter attendees from parking on residential streets, lower volumes of traffic and improve public and attendee safety in the area.
Road closures in the area between 21:45 and 23:00 on Friday and Saturday and between 20:45 and 22:00 on Sunday could impact access and egress from properties and residents should expect delays at these times.
Further information and planning ahead
Our Travel South Yorkshire website, where we bring together information from all of the bus, tram and train operators, makes it easier for people in our communities to plan their journeys and keep up to date with the latest changes.
Buses and trams are expected to be busier than normal over the weekend, and journeys may take longer than usual. We are therefore reminding people attending Tramlines or wishing to travel in the area, to plan ahead using our online journey planner tool and prepare for longer journey times. They are also advised to purchase tickets in advance, allow extra time and check before they travel at travelsouthyorkshire.com/disruptions.aspx for the latest travel information.
As well as on our dedicated page at travelsouthyorkshire.com/tramlines, further information is available:
- Online at tramlines.org.uk/ and stagecoachbus.com/supertram
- Via Twitter @TravelSYorks, @tramlines, @SCSupertram, @StagecoachYrks
- By calling Traveline on 01709 515151 (open 07:00-19:00 Monday to Friday; 08:00-19:00 Saturday and Sunday) or visit a Customer Service Desk at one of our interchanges for more information.
The festival finishes at 22:30 on Friday and Saturday and 21:30 on Sunday. Trams, buses and taxis will be available to take people home.
Please note that there may be some localised road closures to help people leave the area safely. This may mean that some local bus services could be diverted. Where possible, all affected bus stops will have diversion notices posted on them advising of the nearest available bus stop.
How can you help?
Please advise customers of the information channels available and remind anyone wishing to travel to the event to plan their journey in advance. Please also direct them to our website travelsouthyorkshire.com/tramlines for all the information they need before the festival.