SYPTE Press Release Article

Making tracks for Tram Train

23 December 2015

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- Essential weekend works to prepare Supertram tracks for Tram Train
- Revised timetables and services on Purple and Yellow Supertram routes

ESSENTIAL weekend engineering works to prepare Sheffield’s tramlines for Tram Train will take place in the new year, putting the innovative UK pilot scheme on track to run between Sheffield and Rotherham from 2017.

Revised timetables and services will operate on the Yellow and Purple Supertram Routes on Sunday 10 January, Saturday and Sunday 16 – 17 and 30 – 31 January, and 13 – 14 and 27 – 28 February 2016. Blue Route Supertram services between Malin Bridge and Halfway are unaffected.

Dedicated YX and Y1 bus services will replace trams during the works. Replacement bus service timetables and information will be available from 4 January online at supertram.com and travelsouthyorkshire.com; on Twitter @SCSupertram and @TSYalerts; via Traveline on 01709 51 51 51; and on posters at tram stops.

Passengers in South Yorkshire will be the first in the country to benefit from pioneering Tram Trains that will provide a direct service from Sheffield city centre to Rotherham Central and Parkgate, travelling on street tramlines and the national rail network.

Parts of the existing Supertram track needs to be adapted to allow Tram Train to run. Tram Train wheels are a different shape to those on a tram. Engineering work to alter the track has been taking place overnight since 30 October, to minimise disruption to current customers. Areas of more complex work cannot be completed overnight and weekend closures are therefore necessary.

Construction of a 400 metre new section of track called the Tinsley Chord will also begin to link the tram network to the rail line between Sheffield and Rotherham. Other works to make Tram Train a reality include the installation of overhead lines to carry electricity to power the vehicles, and building new Tram Train platforms at Rotherham Central and Parkgate.

The Tram Train pilot is delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Stagecoach Supertram, Network Rail, Northern Rail, and the Department for Transport.

For more information visit sypte.co.uk/tramtrain