The second phase of Sheffield’s on-going tram rail replacement works for 2014 is expected to be completed on time.
The anticipated completion of the work between White Lane and Halfway by contractor VolkerRail means that Supertram services are expected to be restored from Halfway from Monday (26 May).
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) has thanked affected residents and tram customers for their patience and understanding during the latest stage of the work to replace worn out tram tracks. Half of the work planned for this year is now almost complete.
The next phase of the engineering works is due to begin on Tuesday 27 May on Cricket Inn Road, Parkway Viaduct in both directions and at the junction at Woodburn Road.
Works are expected to continue for around five weeks and bus replacement services will be in operation throughout to help minimise the disruption to tram customers.
A revised timetable will operate on all routes. During the day the yellow and blue lines will operate a 12 minute frequency rather than 10 minutes. At all other times a 20 minute service will be provided.
The blue route will operate as normal but again every 12 minutes at peak times rather than every 10 minutes. From Hillsborough to Fitzalan Square there will be a combined six minute frequency during the day.
The purple route will not run during the works and bus replacement service P3 will serve as a link between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park to connect with blue route trams at Gleadless Townend.
The works will be suspended on Saturday 5 July and Sunday 6 July due to the Tour de France. A full enhanced Supertram service will operate on race day Sunday 6 July. More details on this will be provided nearer the time.
Tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and system operator Stagecoach Supertram are funding the project, with the majority of work being undertaken during the next four years at an estimated capital cost of £32million. A £5 million grant has been provided by DfT for the initial phase.
The first stage of the long-term project was completed in 2013 by contractor VolkerRail, and saw almost 5,000 metres of rail replaced between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft tram stops.
This year’s works has already seen rail replaced in the Hillsborough/Malin Bridge area and the project is now moving into the third phase of works out of a total of four phases to be completed this year.
Supertram’s 13-week tram only online Megarider has been reduced from £131 to a promotional price of £95 to recognise how the works may affect some of their regular customers. The tram/bus Megarider weekly and Dayrider tickets available on board still represent great value.
For the areas affected, comprehensive bus replacement information will be available on the Travel South Yorkshire website, Sheffield Supertram website and via Twitter as well as through leaflets, posters and information on tram stops.
David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “We thank customers for their patience whilst these essential works are being carried out. The project is progressing well and it’s pleasing to know that around half of this year’s works are now complete. The tram is a fantastic asset to South Yorkshire and the works will ensure that it continues to run smoothly for a long time to come. And when the Tour de France rides into town Supertram will be key to ensuring that people get to and from the race.”