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2020 Supertram Rail Replacement Scheme

last updated: 21 September 2020 - alternative bus services updated for the essential remedial works

Supertram rail replacement engineering works are planned to continue from May 2020. The essential works, which began in 2013, will replace a total of 22 kilometres of worn out sections of tram tracks across the Supertram network by 2024. 

We recognise that due to the coronavirus pandemic this is a time of great uncertainty and that you may have concerns about the disruption these works may cause at an already challenging time. We would like to reassure you we will be making every effort to minimise the impact of this work on local residents and tram customers and have work completed as quickly and safely as possible. 

The Supertram network plays a vital role in the life of our city, connecting people to employment, education and leisure activities. These rail replacement works are essential and will ensure that Sheffield continues to benefit from a safe and reliable tram network. This will be more important than ever as we recover from this unprecedented public health crisis.

Read our Frequently Asked Questions document (PDF icon PDF, 218Kb)




Who will be carrying out the works?

The work forms part of a three-year programme of rail replacement carried out by our contractor, VolkerRail, which need to take place over the summer months to take advantage of fair-weather conditions.

The works were broken down into three stages:

  • Stage One: May 2018 – September 2018 - COMPLETED
  • Stage Two: April 2019 – August 2019 - COMPLETED
  • Stage Three: May 2020 – October 2020.


This year’s Stage Three works will be split into four areas around the southern sections of the tram network, phased between May and September in order to minimise passenger disruption. VolkerRail will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to complete and move on from each section of rail as quickly as possible  

Strict controls will be in place to ensure all VolkerRail employees operate under carefully managed conditions, in line with the latest government guidelines for working during the coronavirus pandemic. This will ensure the safety of workers and local residents during these works.

The VolkerRail employees have been designated as key workers by the Government as this rail replacement work is essential for the continued safe running of the Supertram network. 


Planned phases of work for Stage Three (2020)

The proposed dates for the four work areas this year are as follows:

AreaTrack affectedRoutes affectedProposed date

Area 1

Hackenthorpe/Donetsk Way

Blue

Monday 4 May – Friday 5 June

Area 2

White Lane and Norton Avenue

Blue

Purple

Saturday 6 June – Friday 24 July

Area 3

Gleadless Townend/Ridgeway Road/City Road/Spring Lane curve and Manor Top

Blue

Purple

Saturday 25 July – Monday 14 September

Area 4

Crystal Peaks bus entrance/Crystal Peaks Office entrance/Elcroft Gardens

Blue

Tuesday 15 September – Sunday 4 October

The above dates are subject to change should government revise guidelines on working conditions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and inclement weather.



Area 4: Crystal Peaks bus entrance/Crystal Peaks office entrance/Elcroft Gardens – 15 September to 4 October


Area 4 works for 2020 are planned to start from Tuesday 15 September to Sunday 4 October 2020 between Crystal Peaks and Elcroft Gardens. This will affect the Blue tram route.  VolkerRail will carry out some evening works from Monday 20 July but these will not impact on tram services.

How will the works affect tram services?

From Tuesday 15 September, trams will operate as follows:

  • The Blue Route will operate between Malin Bridge and Donetsk Way only and will run a new revised timetable. Moss Way, Crystal Peaks, Beighton/Drakehouse Lane, Waterthope, Westfield and Halfway tram stops will not be served.

  • The Purple Route is not affected and will operate the normal route between Herdings Park and Cathedral to a new revised timetable

  • The Yellow Route is not affected and will operate the normal route between Meadowhall and Middlewood to the normal timetable.

  • The Tram Train route is not affected and will operate the current Covid-19 reduced timetable during this time.


What are the public transport alternatives?

Tuesday 15 September - Sunday 4 October

From Tuesday 15 September works will be taking place to replace worn sections of tram rail on Ochre Dike Lane at the junction of Peaks Mount at Crystal Peaks, across the entrance to the Crystal Peaks office car park and on Eckington Way at the junction with Elcroft Gardens.  The Blue Route tram will terminate at Donetsk Way; therefore, tram stops between Donetsk Way and Halfway will not be served.

The latest advice from Government is that people using the public transport network should wear a face covering unless they are exempt from doing so, keep a safe distance, and wash or sanitise their hands frequently. 

For those that do need to travel, the following services are available as an alternative to the tram:

Dedicated tram replacement service

Tuesday 15 September - Sunday 4 October

As Covid-19 lockdown restrictions are eased and more people begin to use public transport the Department for Transport (DfT) has provided funding for a dedicated tram replacement bus service to help people make essential journeys.

From Tuesday 15 September, Stagecoach Yorkshire will be operating service BL3 between Birley Moor Road tram stop and Halfway.  The service will run up to every 15 minutes, Monday to Saturday, and up to every 20 minutes on Sunday and connect with trams at Birley Moor Road. 

Please find the BL3 timetable and route map below for your information.


Alternative bus services

Tuesday 15 September - Sunday 4 October

For many journeys, there are existing bus routes that offer additional travel options:

  • Service 120 provides links between Halfway, Crystal Peaks, Moss Way and the city centre
  • Service 8 provides links between Crystal Peaks, Moss Way, Hackenthorpe, Birley Moor Road, Birley Lane and the city centre.
  • Services 50, 53 and 80a provide links between Birley Moor Road and the city centre.
  • Service 252 provides a link between Gleadless Townend and Crystal Peaks


Tickets accepted

To help provide travel options for those who need to use public transport at this time, tickets purchased on Supertram, including Stagecoach bus/tram tickets will also be valid on the replacement bus service (BL3) operated by Stagecoach Yorkshire. 

The following ticket range will be available:

  • £1.90 single fare anywhere on the BL3 (On tram as far as White Lane)
  • £2.60 single fare (includes onward travel on tram)
  • £3.20 return fare anywhere on the BL3 (On tram as far as White Lane)
  • £4.40 Bus & Tram day ticket for BL3 (will be accepted on tram)
  • £15.50 Bus & Tram week ticket for BL3 (will be accepted on tram)

Citybus, Citywide and normally available concessionary/child tickets are also available on service BL3. 

Stagecoach will also accept Tram Only tickets on their buses in Sheffield that serve the affected routes between the Donetsk Way and Halfway at no extra cost. Please note, the bus must be travelling in areas where the tram runs, and the following conditions apply:

  • Tram Only tickets can only be used to make similar bus journeys to those normally taken on the tram.
  • The ticket is not valid for journeys beyond these areas where the final destination could not be reached by tram.

Essential remedial works: Cathedral and Hillsborough –  19/ 20 and 26/27 September 2020 

Following last year’s Rail Replacement works we are undertaking a number of essential remedial works to the concrete track slab at a number of locations on Glossop Road, Holme Lane, Langsett Road and Infirmary Road.   These works will be carried out on the weekend of Saturday 19/Sunday 20 and Saturday 26/Sunday 27 September affecting Yellow and Blue Route tram services between Cathedral and Middlewood/Malin Bridge

VolkerRail will carry out some preparatory evening works from Sunday 13 September but these will not impact on tram services.

How will the works affect tram services?

On Saturday 19, Sunday 20, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September trams will operate as follows:

  • The Yellow Route will operate between Meadowhall Interchange and Cathedral only to a revised timetable. West Street, Netherthorpe Road, Infirmary Road, Bamforth Street, Hillsborough Park, Leppings Lane and Middlewood Park & Ride tram stops will not be served.

  • The Blue Route will operate between Donetsk Way and Cathedral only to the current revised timetable. Malin Bridge, Hillsborough, Langsett/Primrose View, Shalesmoor, The University of Sheffield, City Hall, Moss Way, Crystal Peaks, Beighton/Drakehouse Lane, Waterthorpe, Westfield and Halfway tram stops will not be served.

  • The Purple Route is not affected and will operate the normal route between Herdings Park and Cathedral to the current revised timetable

  • The Tram Train route is not affected and will operate the current Covid-19 reduced timetable.


What are the public transport alternatives?

Dedicated tram replacement service

On Saturday 19, Sunday 20, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September the Y1 dedicated tram replacement bus service will run between Middlewood Park & Ride and Commercial Street, in the city centre. The service is funded by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and operated by Stagecoach Yorkshire on Saturdays and Powells Bus Company Ltd. on Sundays. 

Stagecoach Saturday services will run up to every 12 minutes and Powells Sunday services will run up to every 20 minutes. Both services will connect with trams at Fitzalan Square.

 Download the Y1 Tram replacement bus timetables on the Service Changes page 


Alternative bus services

  • For Malin Bridge, customers can use services 81 and 82 or nearby services 52a, 61 and 62 as alternative travel options to the tram. 
  • Services 30, 51, 52, 52a, 120 and X5 provide up to 30 buses per hour from High Street to West Street, the University and Hospitals.
  • From Hillsborough service 52a provides a frequent direct link to the University or West Street.

Timetables of these services can be found on our website in our Timetable finder. Please note that these services are subject to diversions as a result of the above works on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September.  Further information can be found on our disruptions page.


Tickets accepted

To help provide travel options for those who need to use public transport at this time, tickets purchased on Supertram, including Stagecoach bus/tram tickets will also be valid on the replacement bus service (Y1) operated by Stagecoach Yorkshire (Saturdays) and Powells Bus Company Ltd (Sundays). 

Please note that Tram Only and Stagecoach bus/tram tickets cannot be purchased on Sunday’s from drivers of the Powells replacement bus service (Y1). 

Tthe following ticket range is available:

  • £1.90 short distance single fare for short distance trips between Commercial Street and Infirmary Road and Middlewood and University (Bus only)
  • £2.60 single fare for long distance trips (includes onward travel on tram)
  • £3.20 short distance return fare for trips between Commercial Street and Infirmary Road and between Middlewood and University (Bus Only)
  • £4.40 Bus & Tram day ticket for Y1 (will be accepted on tram)
  • £15.50 Bus & Tram week ticket for Y1 (will be accepted on tram)

Citybus, Citywide and normally available concessionary/child tickets are also available on service Y1. 

Stagecoach will also accept Tram Only tickets on their buses in Sheffield at no extra cost. Please note, the bus must be travelling in areas where the tram runs, and the following conditions apply:

  • Tram Only tickets can only be used to make similar bus journeys to those normally taken on the tram.
  • The ticket is not valid for journeys beyond these areas where the final destination could not be reached by tram.


Middlewood and Malin Bridge Park and Ride

Middlewood and Malin Bridge Park and Ride sites will remain open during these works. 

Parking will be FREE whilst these essential repair works take place.  Customers can buy their travel ticket on board.



Halfway Park and Ride

Halfway Park and Ride site will remain open during these works. 

Park and Ride will be FREE whilst these essential works take place. Customers can buy their travel ticket on board.

Halfway Park and Ride free



How is this information being communicated to customers?

Posters will be displayed at affected tram stops, on trams, at Park & Ride sites and information will be available on the Supertram and Travel South Yorkshire web sites. 

SYPTE and VolkerRail will carry out an individual letter drop to local residents directly affected by the works. We will also be providing regular press releases throughout the works, as well as utilising local radio.

The latest advice from Government is that people should stay at home where possible and public transport should only be used for essential journeys. Those that do need to travel, including key workers travelling to and from work, are being advised to check before they travel.


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