Thousands expected to flock to Sheffield to see the Queen

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Huge crowds are expected in Sheffield city centre next week to catch a glimpse of the Queen.

On Thursday, April 2 roads in the city centre will be closed from 7am and safety barriers will be erected for crowd control, with thousands expected to flock to the city.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, is due to attend a service in Sheffield Cathedral, where she will hand out silver coins - known as Royal Maundy - to South Yorkshire pensioners.

Members of the public will be able to catch a glimpse of the Royal party outside the Cathedral and along Fargate.

The Queen will visit Sheffield Cathedral first during the morning before heading to Sheffield Town Hall for a civic lunch.

Roads due to be closed are Campo Lane, Hartshead, York Street, St James’ Street, Vicar Lane, St James’ Row, Orchard Street, Leopold Street, Church Street, High Street, Norfolk Row, Surrey Street, Balm Green, Holly Street, Pinstone Street, George Street and Mulberry Street.

Norfolk Street, Burgess Street and West Street will also be affected in parts.

Users of public transport are being advised that there will be some disruption to services on the day of the visit.

Trams from Meadowhall and Halfway into the city centre will terminate at Fitzalan Square and, due to track replacement works, trams from the north of the city will be replaced by a bus service.

Buses that would usually use High Street and Church Street will divert to Arundel Gate, Charter Row and Carver Street.

Richard Eyre, head of city centre management and major events for Sheffield Council, said: “Although of course we don’t know exactly how many people will come out to see The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh next Thursday, we can presume, based on previous Royal Maundy services, that the figures will be in the thousands.

“The city centre will be fully open for business throughout the day, however there will of course be some road closures.

“Barriers will also be in place to ensure the safety of all involved at what is a hugely significant and major event for our city. Therefore, getting in and out of Sheffield city centre may take a little longer than usual, so please plan ahead and allow extra time.

“Before travelling into the city centre next Thursday morning, I would encourage people to plan their journeys and, if possible, to use public transport. For those who do choose to drive, please use Park & Rides. There will be extra Supertram services running from Meadowhall and more than 5,000 spaces are available there.

“Those travelling by public transport can also use Travel South Yorkshire’s website, Twitter accounts @TSYalerts, @travelsyorks or Traveline 01709 515151 for accurate, live and up-to-date public transport travel and disruption information.

“I would also encourage people to bring their families, bring a picnic, visit the city centre businesses that will be getting into the spirit of the occasion, and enjoy what is sure to be a very enjoyable and memorable event for Sheffield.”