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Rail Replacement Works 2018


Following the essential works carried out in 2013, 2014 and 2015, engineering works are set to continue to replace a total of 22 kilometers of worn out sections of tram tracks across the Supertram network by 2024.

The new rail will improve passenger comfort and reduce noise in areas where the track is currently worn.

Who will be carrying out the works?

VolkerRail has once again been successful in winning the contract for the next three years of the Rail Replacement project. The works will be broken down into three stages: 

  • Stage One: May 2018 – September 2018
  • Stage Two: Summer 2019 (dates to be confirmed)
  • Stage Three: Summer 2020 (dates to be confirmed).

Each stage will be split into phases covering different sites across the network to minimise passenger disruption. Works on the first phase, Hillsborough – Middlewood, are set to begin on Saturday 26 May.

Planned areas of work this year 

The proposed dates are as follows:


Track affected

Routes affected

Proposed Date

Area One

Hillsborough and Middlewood


26 May – 15 June

Area Two

Birley Lane - Halfway


23 June – 8 August 

Area Three

Gleadless Townend – Herdings Park


10 August – 19 August

Area Four

Gleadless Townend – Halfway/Herding Park



25 August – 2 September & 8 - 9 September

Area Five

Donetsk Way - Halfway


10 September – 14 September

    An overview of the works taking place this year is available in the Rail Replacement Works Overview document (PDF icon PDF, 3 Mb)

    Area 1: Hillsborough - Middlewood 

    Area 1 works for 2018 will begin on Saturday 26 May 2018 between Hillsborough and Middlewood.

    The Yellow route will run as normal between Meadowhall and Hillsborough before diverting and terminating at Malin Bridge. The Purple route will operate as normal.

    Middlewood Road will be closed to all traffic over the Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 26 – Monday 28 May. Traffic Management will be in place.

    Bus replacement services will be in operation from Tuesday 29 May to minimize the disruption to passengers travelling between Hillsborough and Middlewood.

    Key information for Area 1:


    Rail replacement bus information maps:

    Rail Replacement buses 26-28 May  Rail Replacement buses 29 May - 15 June  

    Will Middlewood Park & Ride still be open?

    As a result of the proximity of the rail replacement works to the Park & Ride entrance, along with the closure of Middlewood Road, Middlewood Park & Ride facility will be closed from Midnight Friday 25 May and will not re-open until 05:00 Friday 1 June. Alternative parking and tram services are available from Malin Bridge.

    Where will trams operate to and from?

    • The yellow route will operate from Meadowhall to Malin Bridge
    • The blue and purple route will operate as normal 

    What replacement buses will operate?

    • From Tuesday 29 May the Y1 shuttle bus service will operate between Hillsborough and Middlewood
    • The SL1/SL1a service will operate to Hillsborough
    • Find more information on our disruptions page.

      Where can I find more information?

      Up to date information will be published on this page. You can also keep up to date by:



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