SYPTE Press Release Article

Supertram rail replacement works back on track

27 September 2017

Rail track works

SOUTH Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is making tracks towards commencing phase 2 of the rail replacement works on the Sheffield Supertram network.

SYPTE is seeking tenders from suitably qualified contractors to carry out rail replacement works on sections of track, which are close to being life-expired, following over 50 million miles of tram travel along the network, since its launch in 1994.

It is proposed to replace about 10km of embedded rail, where wear and tear means that its replacement is necessary to maintain the safe operation of tram services. These works are a continuation of the first phase, carried out between 2013 and 2015 on Sheffield’s tram system, operated by Stagecoach Supertram, when approximately 15km of embedded rail was replaced.

Work is proposed to take place over the summers of 2018 and 2019 as part of SYPTE’s commitment to protect the long-term future operation of tram and tram train in South Yorkshire.

The estimated cost of the second phase of construction works is circa £12.5m and any companies wishing to apply for the contract can do so at www.sypte.co.uk/contracts.