LRTA logo Light Rail Transit Association
Light Rail for better public transport

Sheffield Supertram

Network News

5 October 2018

The UK's first tram-train will officially welcome on board its first passengers within weeks. Tram Train partners Stagecoach Supertram, Network Rail and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have announced the first services between Rotherham and Sheffield will begin on October 25. The £75 million link will enable three tram-trains an hour to travel on the Supertram network from Sheffield Cathedral to Meadowhall South, before proceeding over a new section of track linking the tram line to the rail track over the Tinsley Chord, and on to the national rail network to Parkgate Shopping via Rotherham Central station.

Tram Train project board member Steve Davenport, of SYPTE, said: "We are thrilled, to introduce tram-train services on South Yorkshire's transport network later this month. "The pioneering pilot has the ability to transform travel both locally and nationally. "The pioneering pilot has the ability to transform travel both locally and nationally. "Connecting the people and places in Sheffield and Rotherham marks the start of this journey. We hope passengers from the local area and beyond enjoy the benefits this new transport option will provide."

South Yorkshire's Tram Train pilot will run for two years while customer satisfaction, passenger numbers, reliability and costs are tested, and will continue if the pilot is declared as successful. The Government-funded programme is a partnership between SYPTE, Network Rail, Stagecoach Supertram and Northern Rail.

15 April 2017

Tinsley preoaration work 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.

low bridge 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.


top of page