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Old February 27th, 2014, 04:26 PM   #1
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SHEFFIELD | Public Transport

This tread is about Sheffield & South Yorkshire public transport. In Sheffield there is tram system called Sheffield Supertram, consisting 29 km of tracks, 3 routes and 48 stops. Map from urbanrail.net:



There are no extensions at the moment, except tram-train pilot project from Meadowhall to Rotherham, to be completed in 2016 or later. Photos of trams from Wikipedia:







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Great thread. Isn't there a proposal to build a branch up to the Hallamshire hostpital?
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Old March 27th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #3
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Official from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive:

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Tram network improvement works set to resume
17 March 2014

• Next stage of tram rail replacement works to start this month
• Engineering work to replace worn out tram tracks will begin in Hillsborough/Malin Bridge
• Contingency plans in place to ensure minimal disruption for passengers


WORK to renew the Supertram network through a major programme of essential rail replacement works is set to resume this month.

Tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and system operator Stagecoach Supertram are funding the project, with the majority of work being undertaken during the next four years at an estimated capital cost of £32million. A £5 million grant has been provided by DfT for the initial phase.

The first stage of the project was completed in 2013 by contractor VolkerRail, and saw almost 5,000 metres of rail replaced between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft tram stops.

The next stage of the works, which begin on Saturday 29 March in the Hillsborough/Malin Bridge area of the city, will see VolkerRail continue to replace worn out sections of tram track across the whole of the Supertram network. The work, which is essential to protect the city’s tram network for the future, is expected to continue until September.

The majority of the Supertram network will be open for business as usual, however the works will cause inevitable disruption, bus replacement services will be in operation to minimise the disruption to passengers as much as possible.

In addition, Supertram’s 13-week tram only online Megarider will be reduced from £131 to a promotional price of £95 to recognise how the works may affect some of their regular customers. The tram/bus Megarider weekly and Dayrider tickets available on board still represent great value.

For the areas affected, comprehensive bus replacement information will be available on the SYPTE website, Sheffield Supertram website and via Twitter as well as through leaflets, posters and information on tram stops.
Detailed information about the works will also be distributed by VolkerRail to local residents and retailers in the affected areas.

David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said: “The tram network is critical to daily life and helping people to get jobs and training, as well as leisure trips off-peak. The tram is a great way to travel around Sheffield, but this work is essential to the future operation of the system and the benefits it brings to the region.

“During the work, there will be some short-term disruption for some tram users, residents and businesses and we would like to thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding. Once the project is completed, everyone travelling in Sheffield will benefit.”

Supertram Managing Director Margaret Kay said: “This project is essential to ensure Sheffield’s tram services can continue for years to come, long after our existing contract has ended. During the works over the next few months, the majority of our services across the network will run as normal, however some sections of the system will be affected, with buses replacing trams at times. This will cause short-term disruption for some customers but we will be doing everything we can to minimise the impact of the works on our passengers.”

Ken Robinson, Director of Specialist Businesses at VolkerRail said: We are delighted that SYPTE has chosen us to continue with this important rail replacement programme. Although a challenging project, we are sector specialists in tram track replacement and have a robust plan in place to deliver the project in the most efficient way possible."

The rail replacement project is made up of infrastructure costs as well as other consequential costs associated with the work. As infrastructure owner, SYPTE is investing in the track renewal work. South Yorkshire Supertram Limited (SYSL), part of Stagecoach Group, will contribute to the infrastructure work, cover any reduced passenger revenue associated with the temporary service disruption, and will fund the extra resources required to deliver the tram replacement bus services while work is on-going.

The Government has already awarded £5million from the Department for Transport’s Local Pinch Point Fund to help fund the project.

Around 20 years after the track was originally laid, large sections of rail are close to being life-expired following years of use by trams as well as wear and tear caused by heavy road traffic.

Measures taken by Supertram engineers have already extended the lifetime of the track by as much as five years. However, despite that, around 22km of the tram route needs the rail replacing by 2024.

The work being carried out will be aligned with the planned tram train pilot project which was announced by the Department for Transport (DfT) in May 2012. The project, which is expected to be in operation by 2016, will see a new tram train link –operated by Supertram - between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Once the replacement work is complete, it is thought that the new rails – made from harder wearing steel - will have a life-expectancy of 25-30 years.

Stagecoach Supertram operates on three tram routes in Sheffield, covering 29km and is used by around 15million passengers a year
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Great thread. Isn't there a proposal to build a branch up to the Hallamshire hostpital?
There was, along with other ideas about sending it up Ecclesall road, however there was no funding for it, ironic in that Weston Park Broomhill area would give the most benefit due to the density of travel to hospitals and universities.

I can see that the Tram/Train idea may manage to get the line to Stocksbridge re-opened to public transport (currently only used for the steelworks) again if funding is forthcoming.
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Old April 22nd, 2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Picture from British Trams Online News

The work site on 9th April on Ripley Street showing the progress of rail replacement work here, photo by Stuart Cooke:
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From The Star:

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More disruption ahead as Sheffield tram replacement work continues
21 May 2014

Commuters will face further disruption as Sheffield’s ongoing tram rail replacement work moves into a new phase from next week

A revised timetable is to operate on all routes from next Tuesday.

The second phase of work this year between White Lane and Halfway is due to be completed on time, with services to be restored from Halfway from Monday.

But the next stage of work will begin the following day on Cricket Inn Road, Parkway Viaduct in both directions and at the junction at Woodburn Road.

Works are expected to continue for around five weeks and bus replacement services will be in operation.

Revised timetables will mean that during the day, the yellow and blue lines will operate a 12 minute frequency rather than 10 minutes. At all other times a 20 minute service will be provided.

The blue route will operate as normal but again every 12 minutes at peak times rather than every 10 minutes. From Hillsborough to Fitzalan Square there will be a combined six minute frequency during the day.

The purple route will not run during the works and bus replacement service P3 will serve as a link between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park to connect with blue route trams at Gleadless Townend.

But works will be suspended on July 5 and 6 as the Tour de France comes to Sheffield.

Tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and system operator Stagecoach Supertram are funding the £32m rail replacement project, with the majority of work being undertaken during the next four years.

The first stage of the project was completed in 2013 and saw almost 5,000 metres of rail replaced between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft
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From Rotherham Business News:

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News: Sheffield to Rotherham tram train delayed
TUESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2014

Passengers will have to wait longer to travel on the innovative tram train scheme between Sheffield and Rotherham as the first project of its kind in the country is suffering from delays.

With funding from the government, the £60m pilot scheme will see flexible vehicles run on both rail and tram networks, using the freight route from Rotherham and then joining the Sheffield Supertram network at Meadowhall South. Operated by Stagecoach, three trams an hour would run all day from Sheffield city centre through the redeveloped Rotherham Central station to Parkgate retail park.

The pilot is expected to be up and running in 2016 and is set to run for two years with a view to permanent operation. If it is successful, it opens the way for tram trains to be introduced in other parts of the country

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There was, along with other ideas about sending it up Ecclesall road, however there was no funding for it, ironic in that Weston Park Broomhill area would give the most benefit due to the density of travel to hospitals and universities.

I can see that the Tram/Train idea may manage to get the line to Stocksbridge re-opened to public transport (currently only used for the steelworks) again if funding is forthcoming.

Sheffield Tram Ranmoor Extension - proposed but yet to materialise
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The only definite extension at the moment is the tram-train extension to Rotherham. I'm surprised the urbanrail.net map hasn't been updated to show that as it is definitely happening. It'll turn off just north of Meadowhall South.
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Supertram looks nice
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Old November 20th, 2014, 05:52 PM   #11
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From Rail Magazine:

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Sheffield Tram-Train trial slips again
18/11/2014

The Tram-Train pilot scheme in South Yorkshire has slipped once more.

In a joint statement in mid-November, Network Rail and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive told RAIL: “Tram-Train passenger services will commence later than the spring 2016 date originally programmed. This is due to delays in the design of the works required to adapt the heavy rail network to accommodate the Tram-Train service.”

The trial will run along Sheffield Supertram tracks from the centre of the city close to the Meadowhall South tram stop, from where a short line will link to the ‘heavy’ railway through Rotherham Central station and then to a terminus at the Parkgate retail park

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Official from SYPTE:

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Tram Train project making tracks
15 December 2014



SHEFFIELD City Region’s Transport Committee has welcomed the Government announcement (on Friday 12 December) to explore options to give more control over the delivery of local transport schemes.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s commitment to a Sheffield City Region Devolution Deal will see Government work with Network Rail to ensure the revolutionary Tram Train project is delivered.

Passengers in the county will be the first in the UK to benefit from the innovative new Tram Trains that will run both on the Supertram network and on part of the national rail network between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Part of the major works to make the scheme a reality include electrification of the rail network between Sheffield and Rotherham, and the construction of a 400 metre line linking the tramway to the train tracks to allow seamless travel.

Tram Train vehicles are currently being manufactured, and work to the tramway and depot to accommodate Tram Trains is well underway.

Project timescales have been revised to incorporate the comprehensive design works needed to adapt the rail network to allow Tram Train vehicles to run. Passenger services are expected to operate from 2017.

Network Rail Route Managing Director, Phil Verster, said: “Tram Train will bring lasting benefits to passengers in the Sheffield and Rotherham areas, and detailed design of the infrastructure to support this exciting project is well underway. We assessed our delivery programme and the work needed to adapt the network is expected to be complete to allow Tram Train passenger services to start in January 2017

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From The Star:

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Public to have say on building works for £60m tram-train scheme
29 January 2015 10:55



Members of the public will get the chance to have their say on building work related to the delayed £60m Sheffield-to-Rotherham tram train project

The scheme - originally announced in 2009 - has been delayed several times but is now due to be up and running by early 2017.

The Stagecoach-operated scheme is intended to allow specialist vehicles to run between Rotherham and Sheffield, using the freight route from Rotherham and joining the Supertram network at Meadowhall South

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An interesting article about Sheffield tram-train route:
https://anonw.wordpress.com/2015/02/...am-tram-train/
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The author obviously doesn't know the project: he guessed right about which rail route they will use, but other speculation are completely wrong and mislead him into some incorrect conclusion.
In fact, after joining the present Supertram track at Meadowall South, the tram-train will go toward city centre up to its projected terminus at Cathedral stop (and not to Meadowall Interchange); although the power supply at first will be at 750 V DC, Vossloh vehicles will have dual voltage feature to allow them to be used even after a possible rail line electrification at 25 kV AC (plus, the overhead line was designed in sight of an easy conversion); Only three of the seven new tramcar are required for the projected service, the other are due to improve the current lines: adding also the 3 tph between Meadowall South and Cathedral on the new Rotherham line you can definitely state that this project does provide extra capacity to Sheffield Supertram.

A better information source about the tram-train scheme:
http://www.railengineer.uk/2013/08/...ew-tram-trains/
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Some footage of Sheffield trams.
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Official from SYPTE:

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Essential tram network improvement work to resume
11 February 2015



MULTI-MILLION pound investment work to improve Sheffield’s tram system is to resume next month.

The first phase of this year's essential engineering work to replace worn out sections of rail will take place between Hillsborough and Infirmary Road from 28 March 2015 and is expected to take around six weeks.

During the work – which is essential to protect the long-term future of the tram network - a revised timetable will be in place on the Yellow and Blue Supertram routes. Dedicated replacement bus services operating as the Y5 and B5 will replace trams in the affected area, serving bus stops closest to the usual trams stops

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At least some news on UK's first tram-train, from Railway Gazette:

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Sheffield – Rotherham tram-train service to start in 2017
19 Jun 2015



UK: The first of seven vehicles ordered in 2013 for the Sheffield – Rotherham tram-train pilot project is now nearing completion at Vossloh España’s plant near Valencia, and is due to arrive in the UK in November.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive says the Vossloh vehicles will initially be used to increase peak capacity on the existing Sheffield Supertram network. Tram-train services between Sheffield and Rotherham using a new 400 m connection between Supertram and a Network Rail freight line at Meadowhall are now expected to start in early 2017

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Article about Supertram from urbanrail's Robert Schwandl:
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Official from SYPTE:

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Consultation on city bus network plans
08 July 2015



SHEFFIELD bus passengers are being invited to have their say on ambitious proposals to improve the city’s bus network.

Views on the plans, which include optimised key routes into the city centre and better access to employment and training sites, can be given to Sheffield Bus Partnership in a public consultation until Friday 31 July 2015.

Feedback will be used to inform bus service changes, which are expected to be implemented from 31 October 2015

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