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The Supertram line was to be connected to the Network Rail line at Tinsley on 2 April and over the Easter weekend to facilitate the new tram-train route to Rotherham Parkgate. Tram services to Meadowhall were curtailed at Valley Centertainment until the late afternoon and a replacement bus service was provided between Attercliffe and Meadowhall Interchange. Notices have appeared around the system indicating the daylight operation of the new fleet of Stadler trams for test and training purposes and advising passengers that these trams are not yet in service use.
Also taking place over the Easter weekend is the replacement of College Road bridge in Rotherham to make way for a new, higher bridge to be installed so the overhead lines (which power the Tram Trains) can be safely installed underneath.
The old bridge will be demolished using a crane and work will also be carried out to bring the signalling system, which controls Tram Train movements, into operation. To allow the bridge to be replaced, College Road will be closed for 18 weeks from Friday, 14 April to Friday, 18 August 2017.
A temporary footbridge will be installed to allow pedestrians to access the town centre from Masbrough. Town centre traffic and local bus services approaching from Corporation Street will be diverted from Bridge Street to Centenary Way via Greasbrough Road.
Pictures of preparatory work at Tinsley, and the bridge to be replaced, by Paul Abell 2017
Over half of Sheffield's tram stops have been upgraded with additional seating in the latest round of planned improvements to the Supertram network. The works provided 26 of the current 48 tram stops with extra seats to aid passenger comfort.