Essential tram rail replacement moves to White Lane area

01/06/2020

MULTI-MILLION pound investment work to future-proof and extend the lifespan of the Supertram network will move to the White Lane and Norton Avenue area in Sheffield this weekend.  

Essential engineering works to replace worn Supertram tracks are moving to the area between White Hart Lane and Norton Avenue, from Saturday 6 June, and is due to finish on Friday 24 July, affecting the Blue and Purple routes.

“These essential works will ensure that customers continue to benefit from a safe and reliable Supertram network for years to come. The Supertram is one of the region’s most beloved modes of transport. As well as playing a crucial role during the covid-19 pandemic transporting key workers to their jobs, it will be important for our region’s recovery from the crisis”, said Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).

“We’d like to remind people to follow the latest advice from Government and stay at home where possible.  Public transport should only be used for essential journeys. For those that do need to travel, local bus services are available as an alternative to affected tram routes.”

The Blue route will run between Malin Bridge and Gleadless Townend only, with a revised timetable. Tram stops between GleadlessTownend and Halfway will not be served. The Purple route will run its normal route between Cathedral and Gleadless Townend, with a reduced frequency timetable. Tram stops between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park will not be served. Yellow and Tram Train routes will not be affected during this period and will continue to operate the current Covid-19 reduced frequency timetable.

The latest advice from Government is that people should only travel by public transport if their journey is essential. For those that do need to travel, bus services 252 (connecting Gleadless Townend to Crystal Peaks) 120 (between Halfway and city centre), 8 (between Crystal Peaks and city centre), or 50, 53 and 80a (between Birley Moor Road and city centre) are available as an alternative to the tram. Halfway Park and Ride will remain open and will be free for use whilst works take place. Customers can buy a ticket on board buses at Halfway or on trams beyond Birley Lane.

Stagecoach will accept Tram Only tickets on buses in Sheffield travelling in areas where the tram normally runs.

Tim Bilby, Managing Director for Supertram, said:

“We have worked hard with SYPTE and its contractor, to ensure that the impact on services is minimised and arrangements are in place for people to use existing Stagecoach bus services where we aren’t able to run trams.”

The rail replacement will improve passenger comfort and reduce noise on the network. Further sections of Supertram track will be replaced in stages, planned between:

-    Gleadless Townend/Ridgeway Road and Manor Top/Spring Lane curve from Saturday 25 July – Tuesday 1 September
- Crystal Peaks bus entrance/Crystal Peaks Office entrance/Elcroft Gardens from Wednesday 2 September – Friday 25 September

The work forms part of the current three-year programme of rail replacement carried out by SYPTE’s contractor, VolkerRail. 

Information about the works,  service updates and alternatives is available online at travelsouthyorkshire.com/RailReplacement and travelsouthyorkshire.com/disruptions.

The most up to date public transport information is available at travelsouthyorkshire.com/servicechanges. Passengers will also be able to find information via twitter @TSYalerts or by calling Traveline on 01709 515151. Tram timetable and route information will be available at supertram.com or via twitter @SCSupertram