Tram Train Pilot: Sheffield - Rotherham
About the project
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 will be 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.
The Tram Train service will provide better connections between Rotherham and Sheffield and aims to reinvigorate the local economy. It is hoped Tram Trains will benefit the environment, by providing an alternative transport option to the car. The project will also create 35 local jobs.
Comprehensive design and engineering works are needed to adapt the rail network to allow Tram Train vehicles to run. Work to prepare for the Tram Train service includes:
- 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
The Tram Train pilot will run for two years with a view to permanent operation.
Three Tram Train services are expected to operate per hour. Tram Trains will run on the national rail network from Rotherham Parkgate Retail Park via Rotherham Central Station. They will join the existing Stagecoach Supertram network at Meadowhall South and continue to Sheffield city centre. Tickets will be fully integrated with Stagecoach Supertram.
The new vehicles will initially be introduced on the existing Supertram network in 2017 prior to operation on the Tram Train service between Sheffield Cathedral and Parkgate via the heavy rail network in 2018.
Click on the links below to read the latest news from the Tram Train project team.
- 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)
- Watch a short video about Tram Train on the Government's website
- Read our Frequently Asked Questions (224KB PDF, January 2017)
- Find out more about Tinsley Chord on Network Rail's website
For more information about the Tram Train pilot call the SYPTE communications team on 0114 221 1443 or email firstname.lastname@example.org