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Wolves to implement new match day safety measures

Wolverhampton Wanderers are set to introduce new measures on match days to improve pedestrian safety around Molineux.

The English Football League side said that in light of recent terror attacks nationally and internationally, the City of Wolverhampton Council had voted to bring in a series of measures across the city to reduce the risks of vehicle attacks.

These measures include the installation of security barrier systems at different locations around Molineux.

These barriers will enable the club to implement road closures to improve pedestrian safety with supporters arriving at – and leaving – the stadium on a match day.

The process of improving safety began at the start of the season with the closure of several car parks at Molineux to allow pedestrians a safe passage from the stadium.

But discussions around road closures and increased counter-terrorism measures have been taking place for some considerable time, the club said.

A number of authorities including the Sports Ground Safety Authority, the Police and Counter Terrorism authorities, have been advising football clubs and local authorities to assess the threat posed by possible vehicle attacks on match days.

Wolves, who already work very closely with the club’s West Midlands Police Counter Terrorism Security Advisor, have previously had a full survey carried out which highlighted areas of particular concern regarding pedestrian safety at Molineux.

More recently a working party, consisting of representatives of the club, City of Wolverhampton Council and West Midlands Police, was formed to consider the matter and agreed that it was necessary to implement new measures to reduce the risks from vehicles to pedestrians on a match day.

The installation of the new measures, to be funded by the Council, is set to take place at some time in 2018.

Until that time, a series of temporary measures will be put in place before, during and after fixtures, starting in the very near future.

The club will communicate the precise timings and details of the closures well in advance of the first fixture at which they will come into operation.

Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple said:

These measures are the result of discussions which have taken place over a long period of time, not just connected with Counter-Terrorism but also the general safety of pedestrians at Molineux on a matchday.

Myself, our Head of Operations Steve Sutton and Club Secretary Matt Wild have been in regular discussions with the Council, Police and other authorities to ensure that we continue to review our processes in order to make Molineux a safe place to come and watch football.

We understand and appreciate that these changes may cause some minor inconvenience to some supporters, but hopefully everyone understands the reasoning behind them for what will amount to a short spell of time before and after matches. And the changes are being implemented with the safety and welfare of every supporter in mind.

We will continue to work on the precise nature of the timings and locations of the closures and will announce that information in due course, well in advance of the first fixture for which they are scheduled to be implemented, which is anticipated to be in the very near future.