Plan ahead for Easter Bank Holiday travel

30/03/2021

Transport bosses in South Yorkshire are urging people to plan ahead and check before they travel over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, as essential engineering works will affect rail and tram services in the region.

“These engineering works are essential to maintain our network and make our tram, Tram-Train and rail journeys more comfortable. They will take place over the Bank Holiday to minimise disruption to passengers but, as some services will be affected, we’d like to remind everyone to plan ahead and check their journey before they travel“, said Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).

“As the network is still running at reduced capacity and social distancing guidelines remain in place, we’re also asking everyone to minimise their journeys where possible and consider if they can walk or cycle instead. If you do need to travel please remember to regularly wash or sanitise your hands, wear a face covering, unless you’re exempt, and keep your distance from others and leave windows open where possible, so everyone can travel safely.” concluded Tim.

Tram and Tram Train network

Due to essential engineering works on the main track junction near Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge in Sheffield, all tram and Tram Train services will be suspended on Saturday 3 April around 8pm, resuming on Tuesday morning (6 April).

During this period, tram replacement bus services will run between Fitzalan Square/Pond Square and Manor Top (BL1) and Gleadless Townend and Halfway (BL2). Valid tram tickets will be accepted on Stagecoach and First buses in Sheffield and Rotherham where tram or Tram Train services usually operate and on Northern Rail’s train replacement buses between Sheffield and Meadowhall Interchange.   

A list of alternative bus services and the tram replacement bus services timetables are available at Stagecoachbus.com. Passengers can plan their journey using Travel South Yorkshire’s journey planner.

Rail services

Essential engineering works north of Sheffield rail station will affect rail services to Rotherham, Worksop, Retford, Meadowhall, Barnsley, Wakefield, Doncaster and Leeds on Saturday 3, Sunday 4 and Monday 5 April. Rail replacement buses will be available for some routes, and some services will not call at all stations.

Passengers can check if their journeys will be affected via National Rail Enquiries, with their train operator or by following #EasterRailWorks on Twitter. Information on Northern Rail services is available at https://www.northernrailway.co.uk/.

Bus services will operate a weekend timetable over the Bank Holiday. Customers can also access the latest travel information by calling Traveline on 01709 515151, which will operate every day over the Easter weekend between 8am and 7pm.