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2020 Supertram Rail Replacement Scheme

last updated: 28 July 2020 - Updated FAQs

Supertram rail replacement engineering works are planned to continue from May 2020. The essential works, which began in 2013, will replace a total of 22 kilometers of worn out sections of tram tracks across the Supertram network by 2024. 

We recognise that due to the coronavirus pandemic this is a time of great uncertainty and that you may have concerns about the disruption these works may cause at an already challenging time. We would like to reassure you we will be making every effort to minimise the impact of this work on local residents and tram customers and have work completed as quickly and safely as possible. 

The Supertram network plays a vital role in the life of our city, connecting people to employment, education and leisure activities. These rail replacement works are essential and will ensure that Sheffield continues to benefit from a safe and reliable tram network. This will be more important than ever as we recover from this unprecedented public health crisis.

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Who will be carrying out the works?

The work forms part of a three-year programme of rail replacement carried out by our contractor, VolkerRail, which need to take place over the summer months to take advantage of fair-weather conditions.

The works were broken down into three stages:

  • Stage One: May 2018 – September 2018 - COMPLETED
  • Stage Two: April 2019 – August 2019 - COMPLETED
  • Stage Three: May 2020 – September 2020.


This year’s Stage Three works will be split into four areas around the southern sections of the tram network, phased between May and September in order to minimise passenger disruption. VolkerRail will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to complete and move on from each section of rail as quickly as possible  

Strict controls will be in place to ensure all VolkerRail employees operate under carefully managed conditions, in line with the latest government guidelines for working during the coronavirus pandemic. This will ensure the safety of workers and local residents during these works.

The VolkerRail employees have been designated as key workers by the Government as this rail replacement work is essential for the continued safe running of the Supertram network. 


Planned phases of work for Stage Three (2020)

The proposed dates for the four work areas this year are as follows:

AreaTrack affectedRoutes affectedProposed date

Area 1

Hackenthorpe/Donetsk Way

Blue

Monday 4 May – Friday 5 June

Area 2

White Lane and Norton Avenue

Blue

Purple

Saturday 6 June – Friday 24 July

Area 3

Gleadless Townend/Ridgeway Road and Manor Top/Spring Lane curve

Blue

Purple

Saturday 25 July – Tuesday 1 September

Area 4

Crystal Peaks bus entrance/Crystal Peaks Office entrance/Elcroft Gardens

Blue

Wednesday 2 September – Friday 25 September

The above dates are subject to change should government revise guidelines on working conditions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and inclement weather.



Area 3: Gleadless Townend/Ridgeway Road and Manor Top/Spring Lane curve 25 July - 1 September

Area 3 works for 2020 are planned to start from Saturday 25 July to Tuesday 1 September 2020 on Ridgeway Road at Gleadless Townend and will continue along Ridgeway Road through Hollinsend to Manor Top and finally on to the Spring Lane Curve at the junction of City Road. This will affect both the Blue and Purple tram routes.  VolkerRail will carry out some evening works from Monday 20 July but these will not impact on tram services.

How will the works affect tram services?

From Saturday 25 July, trams will operate as follows:

  • The Blue Route will operate between Malin Bridge and Sheffield Station only and will run a revised timetable at normal frequencies. Granville Road, Park Grange Croft, Park Grange, Spring Lane, Manor Top, Hollinsend, Gleadless Townend, White Lane, Birley Lane, Birley Moor Road, Hackenthorpe, Donetsk Way, Moss Way, Crystal Peaks, Beighton/Drakehouse Lane, Waterthope, Westfield and Halfway tram stops will not be served.

  • The Purple Route is currently suspended.

  • The Yellow Route and Tram Train are not affected.  The Yellow Route will operate a full normal timetable and Tram Train will operate a revised timetable.

Area 3 network representative image

What are the public transport alternatives?

Saturday 25 July - Tuesday 1 September

From Saturday 25 July works will be taking place along Ridgeway Road, and on to Manor Top and the Spring Lane Curve at the junction of City Road.  The Blue Route tram will terminate at Sheffield Station; therefore, tram stops between Sheffield Station and Halfway will not be served. During this period the Purple Route will be suspended.  

The latest advice from Government is that people should only use public transport if they need to and have no alternative. For those that do need to travel, the following services are available as an alternative to the tram:

Dedicated tram replacement service

Saturday 25 July - 1 September

As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased and more people begin to use public transport the Department for Transport (DfT) has provided funding for a dedicated tram replacement bus service to help people make essential journeys.

From Saturday 25 July, Powells Bus Company Ltd. will be operating service BL2 between Commercial Street, in the city centre, and Halfway.  The service will run up to every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and up to every 20 minutes on Sunday and connect with trams at Fitzalan Square. 


Alternative bus services

Saturday 25 July - 1 September

For many journeys, there are existing bus routes that offer additional travel options:

  • Service 120 provides links between Halfway, Crystal Peaks, Moss Way and the city centre
  • Service 8 provides links between Crystal Peaks, Moss Way, Hackenthorpe, Birley Moor Road, Birley Lane and the city centre.
  • Services 50, 53 and 80a provide links between Birley Moor Road and the city centre.
  • Service 252 provides a link between Gleadless Townend and Crystal Peaks
  • Services 11 and 11a provide a link between Herdings and the city centre.


Tickets accepted

To help provide travel options for those who need to use public transport at this time, tickets purchased on Supertram, including Stagecoach bus/tram tickets will also be valid on the replacement bus service (BL2) operated by Powells Bus Company Ltd. 

Please note that Tram Only and Stagecoach bus/tram tickets cannot be purchased from drivers of the Powells replacement bus service (BL2). However, the following ticket range is available: 

  • £1.90 - Short distance single fare on the BL2 (NOT valid on tram)
  • £2.60 - Long distance single fare on the BL2 (NOT valid on tram)*
  • £3.20 - Short distance return fare on the BL2 (NOT valid on tram)
  • £4.40 – Day saver fare, on the BL2 (NOT valid on tram)*
  • £15.50 - week ticket for BL2 (NOT valid on tram)*

Citybus, Citywide and normally available concessionary/child tickets are also available on service BL2. 

Stagecoach will accept Tram Only tickets on their buses in Sheffield that serve the affected routes between the city centre and Halfway at no extra cost. Please note, the bus must be travelling in areas where the tram runs, and the following conditions apply:

  • Tram Only tickets can only be used to make similar bus journeys to those normally taken on the tram.
  • The ticket is not valid for journeys beyond these areas where the final destination could not be reached by tram.

* £2.60 single, £4.40 day and £15.50 weekly tickets are also available until Monday 3 August for onward journeys on the tram. Ask the bus driver for a ‘bus plus tram’ ticket.


Halfway Park and Ride

Halfway Park and Ride site will remain open during these works. 

Park and Ride will be FREE whilst these essential works take place. Customers can buy their travel ticket on board.

Halfway Park and Ride free



How is this information being communicated to customers?

Posters will be displayed at affected tram stops, on trams, at Park & Ride sites and information will be available on the Supertram and Travel South Yorkshire web sites. 

SYPTE and VolkerRail will carry out an individual letter drop to local residents directly affected by the works. We will also be providing regular press releases throughout the works, as well as utilising local radio.

The latest advice from Government is that people should stay at home where possible and public transport should only be used for essential journeys. Those that do need to travel, including key workers travelling to and from work, are being advised to check before they travel.


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