MULTI-MILLION pound investment work to improve Sheffield’s tram system is to resume next month.
The first phase of this year's essential engineering work to replace worn out sections of rail will take place between Hillsborough and Infirmary Road from 28 March 2015 and is expected to take around six weeks.
During the work – which is essential to protect the long-term future of the tram network - a revised timetable will be in place on the Yellow and Blue Supertram routes. Dedicated replacement bus services operating as the Y5 and B5 will replace trams in the affected area, serving bus stops closest to the usual trams stops.
Bus replacement information, including route maps and details of bus stops, will be available online at travelsouthyorkshire.com, at supertram.com, and via social media, leaflets and posters from mid-February. Information will be displayed at tram stops during the works.
Supertram tickets can be purchased and existing tickets used on board replacement bus services. Staff will be at key stops at peak times to help customers with information and advice.
Those affected by the planned engineering work are invited to attend a drop-in event about the works on Wednesday 25 February at Arundel Gate Interchange from 3-8pm.
Sheffield’s tram system is used by around 15 million people each year. Over 22km of track is being replaced in total.
Work carried out on the network over the past two years has already seen the replacement of around 10km of track. The new rail will improve passenger comfort and reduce noise in areas where the track is currently worn.
The improvements between Hillsborough and Infirmary Road form the first of four phases of scheduled engineering work that will take place this year. Further sections of Supertram track will be replaced in stages, planned between:
- Park Square and Castle Square from 11 May until 3 June
- Castle Square and Cathedral from 4 June until 28 June
- City Road and Gleadless Townend from 29 June until 28 August
One side of the road will be closed when work takes place on the roadway. Traffic will pass on the other side under traffic management. Some road junctions may need to close completely. Work will take place at weekends wherever possible when this is the case and local information will be made available in advance.
SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, David Young, said: “We thank customers for their continued patience whilst these essential improvements are carried out. The tram is a fantastic asset to Sheffield City Region and the works will ensure the tram network provides a robust and reliable service for years to come.”
Supertram Managing Director, Margaret Kay, said: "These improvement works are vital to the long-term future of the tram network for decades to come. We appreciate that the project will cause short-term disruption to some of our customers in the affected areas and we will be working hard to ensure we continue to provide reliable transport services and up-to-date travel information for passengers throughout this work. We would like to thank customers in advance for their understanding during this important engineering work."
The £32 million project, delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Stagecoach Supertram and VolkerRail, began in 2013 and is expected to take around 5 years. The work also includes preparation of the tracks for the new Tram-Train service that will operate between Sheffield and Rotherham from early 2017.
For more information visit travelsouthyorkshire.com