Highways teams in Sheffield are pulling out all the stops in final preparations for the city’s biggest festival, Tramlines, this weekend.
More than 100,000 music fans are expected to attend the three-day event – and staff working on the Streets Ahead programme will be on hand to ensure operations run smoothly before, during and after the festival.
Council contractor, Amey, faces a new challenge this year as the focal point for Tramlines switches to Hillsborough Park and fringe activities take place in and around the city centre. It says it is gearing up for “both the expected and unexpected” to help keep disruption to a minimum.
Nick Hetherington, Network Accounts Manager at Amey, said: “Tramlines is always a really busy weekend for us and we make sure we do all we can to ensure the roads and pavements are safe and accessible during the various events.
“With several events planned at locations across the city, we have to make sure all works which may have been scheduled for these areas are either completed or rearranged to minimise disruption during the festival.
“It takes quite a bit of planning and we work closely with the Council and other partners to ensure our programme complements the line-up. This year, we have a fresh set of challenges as the main stage moves to Hillsborough Park and we look at a wider ranging area including main routes both to and from the city centre.
“With people expected to descend on the city in their thousands, it’s important that we are ready for both the expected and unexpected. We know that an increase in people means an increase in traffic in the city and this can cause issues on the roads.
“Our teams work around the clock to ensure the festival locations are as litter free as possible but it’s much better if those attending the event find a nearby bin so that festival goers can continue enjoying the surroundings.”
At its depot at Olive Grove, Amey has made road signs ready to direct thousands of visitors travelling to Sheffield from across the country to the main stage arena in Hillsborough Park.
A round-the-clock clean-up operation is being finalised with the aim of keeping Tramlines locations as clean as possible.
Meanwhile, Amey is monitoring its huge road resurfacing programme to avoid any traffic hold-ups around Hillsborough Park and the city centre.
The festival is celebrating its tenth anniversary with its biggest line-up yet plus a comedy area, pop-up cinema and family activities in the park. In the city centre, Devonshire Green will be transformed into a family-friendly world music stage, and activities will also be held in Barkers Pool and the Peace Gardens.
To find out more about Streets Ahead visit: www.sheffield.gov.uk/streetsahead