Sunday, 1 June 2014

Supertram offers enhanced services and discounted tickets during Tour de France

Stagecoach Supertram has announced plans to help spectators enjoy the world’s biggest annual sporting event when the Tour de France arrives in Yorkshire for the Grand Départ.

The tram operator will offer an enhanced service and discounted tickets for passengers travelling to Sheffield to watch the 2nd stage of the Grand Départ of the Tour de France cycle race in July 2014. 
Supertram services are not directly affected by the planned road closures during the event and the operator will be-able to provide a service that runs to the heart of the action in the Lower Don Valley area. Trams will also run to the stage 2 finish area, the Don Valley spectator hub and the Meadowhall fan zone which is a  short walk from Le Cote de Jenkin Hill, the steepest section on the stage, helping to make all viewing points easy to reach. 
On Sunday 6 July, Stage 2 of the Yorkshire Grand Départ will come directly through Sheffield and finish in the city, entering at Midhopestones and taking in High Bradfield, Worrall, Oughtibridge, Grenoside, Hillsborough and the Lower Don Valley before finishing at the Motorpoint Arena. 
An enhanced tram service will run throughout the Sunday to provide race fans the best chance of catching the riders. The service will include:
· YELLOW route Middlewood - Meadowhall every 8 minutes in both directions
· BLUE route special Halfway - Meadowhall every 16 minutes in both directions
· PURPLE route special - Herdings Park - Malin Bridge every 30 minutes in both directions
Both the Yellow and Blue routes will serve the city centre, which means that trams will run between the City and Meadowhall up to every 4-5minutes. 
For convenience and to speed up boarding, Supertram is encouraging families using the tram to pre-purchase special family tickets which are only available online on the Supertram website. The tickets are £18 for the weekend and £9 for the day. 
On Sunday, special tram only day tickets will be available from staff priced at £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. More information and terms and conditions are available at www.supertram.com
As well as offering discounted travel and additional services, Supertram also offers a comprehensive park & ride service with sites at Middlewood and Nunnery Square operated in partnership with Travel South Yorkshire. A park & ride ticket offers one day’s secure car parking outside the city centre and a day’s unlimited tram travel for the driver for only £4.50. 
Additional Supertram staff will also be on hand at key points throughout Sunday to provide information and updates to passengers using the network. 
Supertram Managing Director Margaret Kay said: “It’s a very exciting time for everyone involved.  This will be the first time Le Tour has ever visited the city and we want to make sure that visitors and locals alike are able to get around easily.
“With enhanced services providing connections every four to five minutes and discounted tickets, we hope that as many people as possible will come to the city to see this special event. 
“We do expect services to be busy so we advise passengers to buy their tickets beforehand online and allow plenty of time for their journey on the day.”
For passengers arriving in Sheffield by train, an easy to reach tram stop is located directly next to the railway station, exiting via the overbridge. 
The first stage of the Tour de France will start in Leeds and end in Harrogate on 5th July.  The second stage will then begin in York and end in Sheffield on 6th July, and head south for a stage on 7th July which begins in Cambridge and ends in London.
For further information about Stagecoach Supertram or to purchase tickets, visit www.supertram.com 
Stagecoach Supertram operates on three tram routes in Sheffield and is used by around 15 million passengers each year.

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