Plan your travel: Buses diverted and extra trams today for Sheffield half marathon

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Transport chiefs are urging runners and spectators to plan their travel in advance of the Yorkshire Half Marathon in Sheffield tomorrow.

The new format race comes to Sheffield on Sunday April 12 and will start and finish in the city centre.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive says bus services 70, 81, 82, 84 and 88 will run a revised route between the city centre and Bents Green, Dore and Ecclesall and service 83 will be diverted along Abbeydale Road while road closures are in place as thousands of people enjoy the day.

Stagecoach Supertram will be operating a number of extra trams to Sheffield city centre which will be running earlier than usual with the first one departing at 07.07am in the morning from Halfway.

All race entrants can take advantage of an all-day tram travel ticket at a discounted price of £3.

To claim this they must bring the voucher from the Supertram leaflet in their race packs, hand it to a tram conductor and show their valid race number.

Buses will replace trams on the Yellow and Blue routes from Middlewood, Malin Bridge and Hillsborough to Shalesmoor due to essential rail replacement work.

Some earlier buses will operate, linking with Blue route trams from Shalesmoor.

David Young, interim director general from the executive, said: “The best and easiest way to get to the race is by public transport.

“Park & Ride sites at Meadowhall Interchange, Nunnery Square and Halfway are open all day and are the perfect place for competitors and spectators to leave their vehicle and travel by tram to the race starting point at Arundel Gate - avoiding road closures and ensuring they’re focused on the 13 miles of hard work ahead.”

Managing Director of Stagecoach Supertram, Margaret Kay, said, “We are delighted to be working with the race organisers so that we can offer participants discounted travel. Thousands of runners will be raising money for worthy causes and we hope these special tickets will help them on their way. Good luck to everyone taking part.”

Anyone travelling in and around Sheffield on Sunday should be aware of changes to some bus services and allow a little longer for their journey.

Public transport users can plan travel in advance:

Online at travelsouthyorkshire.com and supertram.com

On Twitter @TSYalerts

At interactive kiosks at Travel South Yorkshire interchanges

By calling Traveline on 01709 51 51 51