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Essential tram network improvement work to resume

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The multi-million pound investment work to improve Sheffield’s tram system is to resume next month.

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VolkerRail will start the first phase of this year’s essential engineering work, to replace worn out sections of rail, between Hillsborough and Infirmary Road from 28th March until 8th May. Work is expected to take around six weeks. The new rail will ensure the tram system can operate in the future and reduce noise in areas where the track is currently badly worn. Over 22km of track is being replaced in total. Work carried out by VolkerRail has already seen the replacement of around 10km of track.

Those affected by the planned engineering work are invited to attend a drop-in event about the works on Wednesday 25th February at Arundel Gate Interchange from 3-8pm

The improvements between Hillsborough and Infirmary Road form the first of four phases of scheduled engineering work that will take place this year. Further sections of Supertram track will be replaced between:
 

  • Park Square and Castle Square, planned from May 11th until June 3rd
  • Castle Square and Cathedral, planned from June 4th until June 28th
  • City Road and Gleadless Townend planned from June 29th until August 28th

One side of the road will be closed when work takes place on the roadway. Traffic will pass on the other side under traffic management. Some road junctions may need to close completely. Work will take place at weekends wherever possible, when this is not the case local information will be made available in advance.

This £32 million project, delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), Stagecoach Supertram and VolkerRail began in 2013 and is expected to take around five years. The work also includes preparation of the tracks for the new Tram-Train service that will operate between Sheffield and Rotherham from early 2017.

For further details of the project and bus replacement information please visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com

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