Supertram services back on track


SUPERTRAM services will return to normal tomorrow (Tuesday 25 August) following the completion of essential engineering work to replace sections of the track.

Scheduled improvements to Sheffield’s tramlines concluded on Ridgeway Road on Sunday 23 August, a week ahead of schedule. Further rail replacement works are not expected to restart until 2018.

Stagecoach Supertram is offering 21% or more off of selected fares from 29 August to thank passengers for their patience during the rail replacement project and to link with upcoming celebrations for the 21st anniversary of the network in October 2015.

Supertram Managing Director, Margaret Kay, said: “We are very grateful to our many passengers who have been both patient and loyal to us during the rail replacement project. To say thank you and as part of our 21st anniversary celebrations we have some fantastic offers available over the next month. With 21% or more off selected tickets and our current £1 all routes Sunday offer, there’s a great deal available for all passengers.”

Multi-million pound investment by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram has seen engineers VolkerRail replace over three thousand metres of worn out track in the Park Square, Castle Square, Hillsborough, Sheffield Station, City Road and Gleadless Townend areas of the city this year. Over 12km of rail has been replaced in the past three years and over 22km will be replaced in total.

SYPTE Interim Director General, David Young, said: “Sheffield’s trams have carried over 245 million passengers and travelled over 50 million miles in nearly 21 years on the original network – the equivalent of travelling to the moon and back more than 100 times - so large sections of track are close to being life-expired.

“The Supertram network is a fantastic asset for South Yorkshire and these essential works will protect its long-term future, including preparing the tracks for the new Tram-Train service that will operate between Sheffield and Rotherham from early 2017.”

VolkerRail Regional Manager, John Davison, added: “The VolkerRail delivery team are delighted to have completed the works seven days earlier than planned. The 2014 programme has been very challenging and we are very grateful for the patience and understanding of residents and businesses affected by our works.”

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