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Tram Train Pilot: Sheffield - Rotherham

About the project
Stagecoach Supertram
South Yorkshire’s Tram Train pilot will help the rail industry understand and assess the technical issues involved with planning and operating a Tram Train service. It is the first time a Tram Train system has operated in the UK.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) was awarded £51 million from the Department for Transport to undertake the two-year pilot, with project partners Network Rail, Northern Rail and Stagecoach Supertram. Learning gained from the pilot will help determine whether Tram Trains can run in other parts of the country.

The Tram Train pilot is unique because it links heavy and light rail infrastructure, systems and operations together to provide a new transport service between Sheffield and Rotherham. The vehicles are designed to run on both the Stagecoach Supertram system and the national rail network. 

Construction work
Tram Train Construction

Comprehensive design and engineering works were needed to adapt the rail network to allow Tram Train vehicles to run. Work to prepare for the Tram Train service included:

- Electrification of the rail line from Meadowhall South to Rotherham Central Station and Rotherham Parkgate tramway to the train tracks
- Construction of a 400 metre rail line (called the Tinsley Chord) to link the tramway to the train tracks
- New tram stop at Rotherham Parkgate
- Extended rail platforms at Rotherham Central Station
- Rail replacement engineering work to the Stagecoach Supertram network
- Modifications to the Stagecoach Supertram depot to accommodate Tram Trains
- The manufacture of seven Tram Train vehicles by Vossloh in Spain

Tram Train services
Tram Train Vehicle

Tram Trains entered into passenger service on 25 October 2018. Three Tram Train services operate per hour from Rotherham Parkgate Retail Park via Rotherham Central Station, on the national rail network, before joining the existing Stagecoach Supertram network at Meadowhall South and continuing to Sheffield city centre. Tickets are fully integrated with Stagecoach Supertram.

- Find out more about Tram Train timetables and fares on the Supertram website 

Latest news

Click on the links below to read the latest news from the Tram Train project team.

- UK's first Tram Train launched in South Yorkshire (October 2018)

- UK's first Tram Train to welcome passengers this month (October 2018)

Passengers advised to check before they travel as Tram Train pilot progresses (August 2017)

- Stagecoach Supertram's 'Try a Tram' days are a great success (June 2017)

- Bank Holiday engineering to affect Rotherham Central rail services (May 2017)

Easter track connection marks major Tram Train milestone (April 2017)

- Easter engineering to set Supertram on track for Tram Train (April 2017)

- Tram Trains tested on South Yorkshire Supertram system (April 2017)

- UK’s Tram Train pilot set to achieve key milestones during Spring bank holiday (March 2017)

- Weekend works will signal green light for Tram Train (February 2016)
- Essential Tram Train weekend works continue (February 2016)

Essential Tram Train weekend works on track (January 2016)

Making tracks for Tram Train (December 2015)

- UK's First Tram Train Unveiled in Sheffield (December 2015)

- Network Rail (Tinsley Chord): decision letter

- UK's first Tram Train on route to Sheffield (November 2015)
- Have your say - new chord to support Tram Train operations in Sheffield (February 2015)
- Tram Train project making tracks (December 2014)
- Tram Train highly commended at rail awards (July 2013)
- Transport Minister signs contracts for first Tram Train service (June 2013)
- Revolutionary new Tram Trains to be piloted in South Yorkshire (May 2012) 

- Minister launches first Citylink Tram Train into service

- UK's First Tram Train to Welcome Passengers this Month

More information

- Read our Tram Train FAQs on the Travel South Yorkshire website (October 2018) 
- Watch a short video about Tram Train on the Government's website 
- Find out more about Tinsley Chord on Network Rail's website

- View the Tram Train route map (4.1MB PDF)