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.
Sheffield Supertram has resumed a normal service across the network as of Saturday 13 September following the completion of work to replace large sections of track and repair a hole near the tram system.
Trams are now running between Sheffield City Centre, Middlewood and Malin Bridge following completion of this year’s major rail replacement works by VolkerRail to protect the long-term future of the city’s tram tracks.
Separately, structural engineers from Amey working on behalf of Supertram, SYPTE and Sheffield City Council have now also finished the necessary work to allow tram services to resume between Sheffield Station and the city centre following the discovery of a hole in the ground near the track at Park Square which caused services to be temporarily suspended through the area as a safety precaution.
As a result, services across the Supertram network are able to return to normal.
Essential rail replacement work this summer has seen 4,000 metres of track replaced in the Hillsborough, Malin Bridge, Gleadless, Halfway, Woodburn Road, Fitzalan Square, West Street and Netherthorpe areas.
The works were completed on schedule and utilised new methods and equipment developed during last year’s works. Work this year formed the second phase of a £32million project to replace 22km of the tram route by 2024. A third phase of works will begin in Spring 2015 to replace the rail around the Infirmary Road, Cathedral and City Road areas of Sheffield.
The video below shows how and why the tram rail replacement project took place: