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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Supertram staff will also be on hand at key points throughout Sunday to
provide information and updates to passengers using the network.
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.
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.
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
arriving in Sheffield by train, an easy to reach tram stop is located
directly next to the railway station, exiting via the overbridge.
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.