The Tram Train project in South Yorkshire will take a significant step towards completion in the coming weeks as Network Rail will replace College Road bridge in Rotherham. The old road bridge needs to be demolished and a new, higher one installed so that the overhead lines which will power the Tram Trains can be safely installed underneath.
“This is a challenging project and there is still much to do, including the construction of the Tram Train stops at Rotherham Central and Parkgate and the completion of the overhead line power system. The work we have planned at the May bank holiday is a crucial step forward as we work with our partners to deliver the full Tram Train service from Sheffield city centre to Rotherham Central and Parkgate next year,” Rob Cairns, Route Delivery Director for Network Rail, said.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) was awarded £51 million (EUR 59 million) from the Department for Transport to undertake the two-year pilot, with project partners Network Rail, Northern Rail and Stagecoach Supertram.
The Tram Train pilot is unique because it links heavy and light rail infrastructure, systems and operations together to provide a new transport service between Sheffield and Rotherham. The vehicles are designed to run on both the Stagecoach Supertram system and the national rail network.
The Tram Train service will provide better connections between Rotherham and Sheffield.