Supertram rail replacement reaches final stage

21/08/2019

SUPERTRAM passengers are reminded to check before they travel as essential network repairs are set to move to Glossop Road (University of Sheffield).  

Rail replacement works to extend the lifespan of the Supertram network around Shalesmoor and Hillsborough that began in April 2019 are scheduled to conclude for the year on 30 August.

From Saturday (24 August), Blue, Yellow and Purple route Supertram services from Meadowhall, Halfway and Herdings Park will terminate at Cathedral tram stop. Timetables will change. Tram train services will run as normal.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor, said: “We’re pleased to successfully reach the final stage of this year’s rail replacement works. This important investment in the future of our region’s tram network is progressing as planned, and we’re looking forward to returning the system back to full service by the end of August.

“Once more I’d like to thank passengers, residents and businesses for their patience throughout this period of vital work, to maintain the reliable, comfortable and safe level of service passengers have come to expect from this much-loved mode of transport.”

Dedicated tram replacement bus service BL5 will run from Malin Bridge to Fitzalan Square, via West street. The SL1 and SL1a will be extended to run from Stocksbridge to the city centre via Middlewood, Hillsborough and Shalesmoor.

Tickets valid on trams will be accepted on the SL1, SL1a and BL5. Customers with a tram only ticket will also be able to use Stagecoach buses between the city centre and Hillsborough at no extra cost. Including, the 52 (between Woodhouse and Hillsborough); the 57 (between Sheffield Interchange and Stocksbridge) and the 86 (between Lowedges and Chapeltown).

Malin Bridge and Middlewood Park & Ride sites will remain open and will be free of charge. Travel tickets can be purchased onboard replacement bus services.

Passenger information – including service and ticket updates, replacement bus timetables and traffic diversions - is available at affected stops and in leaflets on trams, online at travelsouthyorkshire.com and supertram.com, on twitter @TSYalerts and @SCSupertram and via Traveline 01709 515151.

Essential works to future-proof and extend the lifespan of the Supertram network began in 2018. The three-year rail replacement project will conclude next year. A work schedule for 2020 will be published when finalised.