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.
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 2017, which will see a new tram train link, operated by Supertram, between Sheffield and Rotherham.
Where are the works taking place?Phase 7 - Sheffield City CentrePhase 7 - Saturday evening purple route changesPhase 8 - City Road
The multi-million pound investment work to improve Sheffield’s tram system is to resume next month.
There are four phases of work planned for this year:
Infirmary Road / Hillsborough
City Centre – Park Square to
City Centre – Fitzalan Square
*Subject to change as work maybe affected by weather and other unavoidable incidents.
Work carried out on the network over the past two years has already seen the replacement of around 10km of track. The new rail will improve passenger comfort and reduce noise in areas where the track is currently worn.
Update 24 June: The current works between Castle Square and Leopold Street are expected to finish on Friday 26 June. A full (normal) tram service will operate on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June. Future major rail replacement engineering works are not expected to resume until 2018.
Phase 7 of the tram rail replacement works is scheduled to start from Tuesday 2 June between Angel Street and Cathedral. This phase of works is expected to be complete by 28 June.
Track will be replaced around the Angel Street and Cathedral tram stops. Apart from where the tracks cross the road at Angel Street, York Street and St James Row these works are in areas where only trams operate so no road traffic will be affected.
A revised timetable and service will be in place on the Yellow, Blue and Purple Supertram routes:
Trams will operate:
Halfway to Fitzalan Square
Shalesmoor to Malin Bridge
Meadowhall to Fitzalan Square
University of Sheffield to Middlewood
Herdings Park to Sheffield Station
Dedicated B7 and Y7 tram replacement bus services will operate to connect with trams between Fitzalan Square and Shalesmoor.
Replacement bus service timetables and maps of the bus routes are available in the Stagecoach Supertram Phase 7 information booklet (PDF).
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Due to on-going rail replacement work, changes are being made to the Purple route from Saturday 13 June until further notice.
The changes will only affect services to and from Herdings Park from 19:15 on Saturday evenings.
From 19:15 until the end of service on Saturdays, Purple route trams will not operate and a replacement bus service will operate to connect with Blue trams between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park.
At Gleadless Townend, buses will drop off and pick up opposite Sainsburys and at Herdings Park buses will pick up and drop off from the bus stop at Raeburn Road.
For Herdings Leighton Road, buses will stop at the junction of Norton Avenue/Bowman Drive (37022241) towards Herdings Park and at Norton Avenue/Bowman Drive (37022242) towards Gleadless Townend.
Replacement bus timetables are available on the Stagecoach Supertram website.
Phase 8 of the tram rail replacement
works will take place on South Street, City Road, Hollinshead Road and Gleadless Townend. The scheduled date for this final phase of works are from 29 June until 28 August.
Improvements to the track on South Street Bridge (Sheffield Station), City Road, Hollinsend Road and Gleadless Townend are the final engineering works scheduled this year. Where road closures are necessary, work will take place at weekends and overnight where possible to minimise disruption. Local information will be made available in advance.
Trams/bus replacement service will operate:
Halfway to Gleadless Townend and back (except at some weekends) AND
Malin Bridge to Sheffield Station and back (with occasional weekend alterations)
Meadowhall to Middlewood - operating as normal
No trams running on this route - Tram rail replacement bus service in operation.
There will be replacement bus services as follows:
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