Essential works to replace worn out Supertram tracks, in order to extend the network’s lifespan, will start on Saturday 26 May. The first area of works affects services between Hillsborough and Middlewood until Friday 15 June.
“The tram network has been running now for nearly 25 years. With normal wear and tear over that length of time the tracks need to be replaced to ensure the system continues to run safely. These essential works are a continuation of a project started back in 2013 to replace 22 kilometres of track, and it will increase the lifespan of the Supertram network and help to keep one of Sheffield’s favourite modes of transport moving in the future”, says Ben Gilligan, Director of Public Transport at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
“We’re asking customers to be patient while the works progress. The new rail will give passengers a better Supertram experience - improving comfort and reducing noise in areas where they are currently worn. During the works we’ll be doing all we can to ensure customers can keep moving and get to their usual destinations.”
The works are planned in stages over the next three years. Each stage will be split into areas across the network to minimise passenger disruption. Replacement buses will be available, as some areas will be temporarily closed due to the works.
SYPTE will keep customers informed about the works, bus and traffic diversions via its website travelsouthyorkshire.com/RailReplacement. Passengers can find up to date information via twitter @TSYalerts. Information about tram replacement bus routes can be found at supertram.com or @SCSupertram.
During phase one, the Yellow tram route will run as normal between Meadowhall and Hillsborough, before diverting to Malin Bridge, where it will terminate. Over the Spring Bank holiday, Middlewood Road will be closed to all traffic between Marion Road and Langsett Avenue, but traffic management will be in place to guide drivers and passengers along.
Buses on SupertramLink services SL1 and SL1a will be extended to run to and from Hillsborough Interchange and will be diverted through Wadsley and Worrall during the period.
Replacement service Y1 will operate between Hillsborough Interchange and Middlewood from Tuesday 29 May, also running through Wadsley and Worrall and turning around in Stocksbridge. This bus service will be timed to connect with the tram timetable. Regular bus services that operate in the area will also be diverted.
Tram only and Park and Ride tickets will be accepted on services SL1, SL1a and Y1 between Hillsborough Interchange and Worrall Road/Langsett Avenue stop during the duration of the works. Passengers can buy their tickets on a tram or a bus.
Middlewood Park & Ride site will be closed from 00:01 on Saturday 26 May until 05:00 on Friday 1 June due to the works blocking its entrance. Alternative free parking and tram services will be available at nearby Malin Bridge Park and Ride.
Blue and Purple routes will run normally during the works, but journey times may take longer around the affected areas, so customers are advised to plan ahead.