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Sheffield Supertram rail replacement project - Phase 2


VolkerRail is continuing to replace track sections that have suffered wear and tear on the street running rails of the Sheffield Supertram network.

This phase of the project has been broken down into three stages. The team will replace 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

The next phase of the essential works will start on Good Friday, 19 April 2019, and is due to finish by the end of August 2019. Within this stage, VolkerRail will replace 3,405m of track across five areas:

 Areas             Track affected  Routes affected  Proposed date
 Area 1 Hillsborough Corner and Middlewood Road Yellow / Blue Friday 19 April – Sunday 2 June
 Area 2 Shalesmoor towards Hillsborough  Yellow / Blue / Purple Monday 3 June – Thursday 18 July  
 Area 3 Shalesmoor Yellow / Blue /Purple Monday 22 July – Thursday 25 July
 Area 4 Hillsborough Corner – Holme Lane  Yellow / Blue Friday 26 July – Friday 9 August
 Area 5 Glossop Road (University of Sheffield) Yellow / Blue /Purple Sunday 25 August – Friday 30 August 

The final stage of works will be carried out in 2020.

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; with successful results.

Where can I find more information?

Further updates will be provided regarding Area 1 when plans have been finalised and up to date information can be found at travelsouthyorkshire.com, supertram.com.  Supertram will produce an Area 1 customer information leaflet, which will be available on board trams, information posters will be available at affected tram stops and park and ride sites and information will also be available on twitter @SCSupertram, @TSYalerts and @travelSYorks.

"“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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