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Sheffield's Tramlines Festival: Everything you need to know about tram strike

Tram services.
Tram services.

Thousands of revellers attending Sheffield's Tramlines Festival this weekend are set to be affected by a strike organised by tram workers.

Drivers and conductors who work for Stagecoach Supertram are set to take part in a 72-hour strike action planned between Friday, July 20, and Sunday, July 22, in a dispute over pay.

Trams.

Trams.

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This coincides with the 10th annual Tramlines Festival which used to be centered around venues in and around the city centre area but will take place for the first time this year at the 40, 000 capacity Hillsborough Park.

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As the venue is about three miles out of the city centre, public transport is expected to be packed with thousands of fans making their way to and from the site.

Stagecoach Supertram and Tramlines organisers have now released details about a limited tram service and bus replacements.

There will be a 'limited tram service' operating on the blue, yellow and purple routes between 7am and 7pm each day.

Sheffield Tramlines.

Sheffield Tramlines.

There are also bus replacement services operating every ten minutes on some of the routes between these hours.

Stagecoach Supertram said that because of the 'limited availability of buses, bus drivers and tram drivers' they are not able to operate tram or replacement bus services before 7am or after 7pm.

The company has produced new timetables showing all of the replacement services on all of the routes which can be viewed at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/news/yorkshire/2018/july/st-strike-action

Further information is available from the Tramlines Festival website at https://www.tramlines.org.uk/

With news of the strike action, some music fans have taken to Twitter to criticise the strike action and express concern that there could be 'chaos' on what will be one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Unite said Stagecoach Supertram workers deserve a fair pay rise which reflects their hard work.

They rejected an offer of a 26p an hour pay rise.

Steve Clark, Unite regional officer, said there is currently no new date set for a meeting with Stagecoach Supertram bosses.

However, he urged them to get around the negotiating table with an "open mind" about increasing their offer.

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A spokesperson for Stagecoach Supertram said today: "Despite last minute talks and a further revised offer being tabled with higher pay in Year 1 and inflation (CPI) in Year 2 with a minimum 2 per cent guarantee for that year, it is disappointing that strike action will still take place this weekend.

"We have said before that any pay deal needs to be realistic and we are at the very limit of what is affordable."