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This affects fans attending the match and the general public - particularly in relation to Waterloo Road and bus services around the stadium.
Permanent security barriers are due to be installed during the first half of next year.
In the meantime, a series of temporary road closures will come into force at all Wolves FC home games - starting with Saturday's (14 October) game with Aston Villa (kick off 5.30pm).
These new measures follow months of consultation between members of the Safety Advisory Group, which has oversight of safety on matchdays at Molineux, and includes representatives from the club, council, emergency services and the Sports Ground Safety Authority.
The new measures will feature road closures at several sites around Molineux but vehicular access to Waterloo Road will be impacted as follows:
Waterloo Road will be closed from the roundabout leading to ASDA up to the traffic lights at Newhampton Road from 90 minutes before kick off, up until a period at the discretion of the Matchday Safety Officer at the end of the game (expected to be between 15 and 30 minutes).
All bus services that usually run along Waterloo Road between Five Ways Island and Newhampton Road (including services that turn around in Jack Hayward Way) will be diverted along Stafford Street (in both directions) for a period commencing 90 minutes before the start of a Wolves home match. This will continue throughout the duration of the game until clearance is given at the end of the match to re-open the roads and return to normal routes.
All diverted services will use the existing bus stops on the section of Stafford Street between Five Ways Island and the Ring Road.
Services 3, 4, 62 and 62a will continue into the city centre via the inner ring road section of Stafford Street. The 5 and 5A will be diverted via Stafford Street, Ring Road St Peters and St Andrews, Chapel Ash Island and Darlington Street to continue into the city centre.
While we appreciate this will cause some disruption to residents and businesses, the risk of leaving pedestrians vulnerable during high profile events must take priority.
City of Wolverhampton Council, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club and West Midlands Police regret the need to introduce these measures and the disruption they will cause, but hope you appreciate recent events nationally and internationally make this important.
For further information and a plan of how the area will operate on matchdays please visit: Type=links;Linkid=9752;Title=Road Closures Information;Target=_blank;.
- released: Wednesday 11 October, 2017