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Sheffield Supertram rail replacement project - Phase 2


VolkerRail contines to replace track sections that have suffered wear and tear on the street running rails of the Sheffield Supertram network. This project is a continuation of the first phase of the Supertram Rail Replacement scheme, which saw VolkerRail replace more than 12km of track between 2013 and 2015.

This second phase of the project was broken down into three stages and the team  replaced approximately 9.5km of track over a three-year period, with the aim of improving passenger comfort and reducing noise levels.

Stage one

In 2018, stage one was completed. Work was carried out across five areas from May to September, seeing 3,350m of track replaced.

  • Area 1: Hillsborough and Middlewood
  • Area 2: Birley Lane – Halfway
  • Area 3: Gleadless Townend – Herdings Park
  • Area 4: Gleadless Townend – Halfway/Herdings Park
  • Area 5: Donetsk Way - Halfway

Stage two

This phase of essential work started on Good Friday, 19 April 2019, and finish by the end of August 2019. Within this stage, VolkerRail replaced 3,405m of track across five areas:

  • Area 1: Hillsborough Corner and Middlewood Road
  • Area 2: Shalesmoor towards Hillsborough
  • Area 3: Shalesmoor
  • Area 4: Hillsborough Corner – Holme Lane
  • Area 5: Glossop Road (University of Sheffield)


Stage three

The final stage of works was carried out in 2020 and 2021. Due to COVID-19, works were adapted, to ensure completion could be achieved whilst working within the pandemic.

Upgrades were successful, bringint the total amount of track upgraded over the full six years to 22.5km.

"“These rail replacement works, a project started in 2013 and resumed last year, are essential to extend the lifespan of one of the best loved modes of transport in the region, which began operating 25 years ago. The new rail will give passengers a better Supertram experience - improving comfort and reducing noise in areas where tracks are currently worn”,"

Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).

Facts and figures

  • Client
    South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE)
  • Value
    £9.4 million
  • Duration
    Three years
  • Project categories
    Metro and light rail

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