Enhanced security measures ahead of gig at Wulfrun Hall
Visitors to the Wulfrun Hall are being reminded that enhanced security measures will be in place when the popular venues reopens today.
To strengthen security and public safety both inside and outside the venues a number of temporary measures will be in operation, including road closures around the Civic and Wulfrun Halls on show nights.
The Wulfrun Hall reopens today with a performance by W.A.S.P. The Civic Hall had been due to reopen on Saturday night with a performance from Placebo, but this gig was cancelled due to the singer experiencing vocal issues. The first gig at the Civic will now be Henning Wehn on October 27.
Councillor John Reynolds, Wolverhampton Council's cabinet member for city economy, said: "With the threat level for terrorism in the UK currently at severe, we have taken the prudent step of installing additional security measures at our venues for customer and staff safety. These are in common with those seen elsewhere in the country.
"I would urge visitors to familiarise themselves with the measures and to arrive early at our venues to give themselves ample time to pass through the security cordon. We will endeavour to get people into the buildings as quickly as we can but queuing is likely, especially at sell out events. We will open the doors early wherever possible."
Red Lion Street, Mitre Fold and North Street closed to all traffic on show nights. This will mean that people wishing to park at the Civic Centre will need to access the car park via Wulfruna Street.
Alternative car parks will be open as usual, including Broad Street, Fryer Street, School Street, Fold Street, Peel Street and Temple Street. The pedestrian route to the Civic Hall from the Civic Centre car park will remain open.
Searches will take place in covered areas outside the Civic and Wulfrun Halls. No bags over the size of an A4 sheet of paper will be allowed into either venue, and no bottles will be permitted.
Concrete barriers have also been installed outside the halls.