Tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and system operator Stagecoach Supertram are funding a major programme of rail replacement works on the network, with the majority of work being undertaken during the next five years.
The engineering work replaces worn out sections of the tram track and is essential to protect the city’s tram network for the future. The work being carried out will also be aligned with the planned tram train pilot project which is expected to be in operation by 2016, which will see a new tram train link, operated by Supertram, between Sheffield and Rotherham.
Phase two: March - September 2014 Fourth area: West Street area
The first phase of the project was completed in 2013 and saw almost 5,000 metres of rail replaced between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft tram stops.
The first area of the works for this year will begin on Saturday 29 March in the Hillsborough/Malin Bridge area of the city and are expected to be for around a month. Works for all areas this year are planned to finish in September.
There may be times when tram services will have to be replaced by a dedicated bus service between certain stops on the route. Information will be at tram stops, on the Stagecoach Supertram website, Travel South Yorkshire twitter feed and disruptions page.
More information on the stages of work planned for this year are available in the Supertram Rail Replacement leaflet - March 2014 (PDF)
This fourth phase of work for 2014 will begin on Monday 7 July in the
West Street area of the city and is scheduled for completion in
Early July to mid-September
The majority of the Supertram network will be running as normal; however the works will cause disruption to the blue and yellow routes. Bus replacement services will be in operation.
Replacement bus services will run to the tram timetable, serving stops closest to the normal tram stops. They will be identified as Y4 for the Yellow tram replacement and B4 for the Blue tram replacement. Extra Y4 buses from Middlewood to the City Centre will run during the morning peak.
Trams will operate
Buses will operate
Meadowhall to Cathedral
Angel Street to Middlewood
Halfway to Cathedral
Angel Street to Malin Bridge
West Street will be closed in one direction (outbound) meaning traffic will only flow into the city via West Street with diversions for outbound traffic.
As there will be no trams operating to/from Shalesmoor buses will be re-routed to serve University and West Street with the outbound journey using Broad Lane to University.
As a result of the need to serve University and West Street, it is expected that journey times to and from Middlewood and Malin Bridge will be longer than they currently are by tram, (potentially up to 15 minutes longer). This is purely due to the level of traffic which trams can largely avoid on West Street and Netherthorpe Road but replacement buses cannot.
Throughout Phase Four, replacement bus services will be in operation and will serve the following stops commencing Monday 7 July:
Routes - Outbound: Angel St –Bank St –Broad Lane –Brook Hill –Shalesmoor –Infirmary Road –Terminus
Routes - Inbound: Terminus –Infirmary Road –Shalesmoor –University –West Street –Leopold Street –Angel Street
For usual services other than the tram replacements buses, unless otherwise stated.
Mon 28 July to end of service Mon 4 August:
Mon 28, Tues 29 & Weds 30 July:
Sat 2 & Sun 3 Aug:
Thurs 31 July to Mon 4 Aug
Sat 2 Aug (0001) to Mon 4 Aug (0500)
West Street closed at Regent Street. Inbound buses (51, 52, 70, 95, 120, 121) via Broad Lane and Mappin Street.
Tues 5 Aug to end of service Tues 12 Aug:
Tues 5 Aug to Fri 8 Aug:
Saturday 6 September – University of Sheffield Open Day Although trams will operate from Nunnery Square to Cathedral, the L4 service will operate on all these dates providing a direct connection between Nunnery Square Park & Ride and University every 15 minutes from 0630 to 1930.