ESSENTIAL weekend engineering works to prepare Sheffield’s tramlines for Tram Train will continue next weekend (16 and 17 January) between Cricket Inn Road and Meadowhall, putting the innovative UK pilot scheme on track to run between Sheffield and Rotherham from 2017.
Revised timetables and services are planned to operate on the Yellow and Purple Supertram Routes on 16, 17, 30 and 31 January, and 13, 14, 27 and 28 February 2016. Blue Route Supertram services between Malin Bridge and Halfway are unaffected.
Dedicated YX, Y1 and L1 bus services will replace trams during the works. Replacement bus service timetables and information can be found online at supertram.com and travelsouthyorkshire.com; on Twitter @SCSupertram and @TSYalerts; via Traveline on 01709 51 51 51; and on posters at tram stops.
Passengers in South Yorkshire will be the first in the country to benefit from pioneering Tram Trains that will provide a direct service from Sheffield city centre to Rotherham Central and Parkgate, travelling on street tramlines and the national rail network.
Parts of the existing Supertram track are being adapted to allow Tram Train to run because Tram Train wheels are a different size to that of an existing tram. Overnight engineering work to alter the track has been underway since October 2015. Areas of more complex work cannot be completed overnight and weekend closures are necessary. The first weekend closure took place between Meadowhall South and Meadowhall Interchange on Sunday 10 January.
Future works to make Tram Train a reality include construction of a 400 metre new section of track called the Tinsley Chord to link the tram network to the rail line between Sheffield and Rotherham, the installation of overhead lines to carry electricity to power the vehicles, and building new Tram Train platforms at Rotherham Central and Parkgate.
The Tram Train pilot is delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Stagecoach Supertram, Network Rail, Northern Rail, and the Department for Transport.
For more information visit sypte.co.uk/tramtrain