Shuttle buses replace trams between Tinsley and Meadowhall Interchange

18/12/2013

TRAMS between Tinsley/Meadowhall South and Meadowhall Interchange will not run between Monday 13 January and Sunday 26 January because of essential highways works taking place nearby.

Replacement buses will run between the two tram stops at the same frequency as the trams meaning that disruption to customers will be minimal. Stagecoach Supertram tickets will be valid on these services. The bus services will be scheduled to meet arriving trams.

The disruption is due to essential preparatory work to construct a new section of road under Tinsley Viaduct. The road, which forms part of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme, will eventually allow for quicker journeys between Sheffield and Rotherham, avoiding junction 34. It is due to open in 2015, following the approval of funding from the Department for Transport in October.

The replacement buses will run from the bus stop beside Tinsley/Meadowhall South into stand D2 at Meadowhall Interchange. Services are due to revert to normal timetables from Monday 27 January. Access to Meadowhall shopping centre and The Source will be unchanged during the works.

David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “We apologise to customers for the disruption during these works. The work is essential to allow construction to start in the new year on the link road under Tinsley Viaduct.

“We aim to time the bus services so that there will be bus waiting for tram passengers once they arrive at Tinsley/Meadowhall South, and vice-versa. If people buy their normal ticket this will be valid on the bus replacement services.”

Claire Ansley, Supertram head of customer services, said: "We would like to thank our customers in advance for their patience during this highways work. We will be doing our best to ensure that disruption to our passengers is kept to a minimum."

The £30 million BRT scheme will link Sheffield and Rotherham via a high frequency, limited stop bus service, using the new section of link road. It will be part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.