Sheffield’s £60m tram-train pilot project has been delayed again – with a revised timetable still to be agreed.
The project – originally announced in 2009 – has been delayed several times with its most recent start date of spring 2016 now scrapped.
Delays in the design work for the scheme has caused the latest hold-up, with a new timetable due to be announced before the end of the year.
The Stagecoach-operated scheme is intended to allow specialist vehicles to run between Rotherham and Sheffield, using the freight route from Rotherham and joining the Supertram network at Meadowhall South.
Final approval for the contract was agreed in June 2013, with initial hopes the scheme would be up and running by 2015.
But a joint SYPTE and Network Rail statement said: “Tram Train passenger services will commence later than the Spring 2016 date originally programmed.
“This is due to delays in the design of the works required to adapt the heavy rail network to accommodate the Tram Train service.
“Network Rail, who is responsible for these works, is presently undertaking a detailed assessment of their delivery programme, and the project partners are committed to working with Network Rail to mitigate the delay as far as possible.
“Some of the delay arises from the project’s relationship with other heavy rail investment programmes in order to maximise efficiencies, such as signalling re-control.
“Good progress is being made on other aspects of the project, with vehicles being manufactured and works to the tramway and depot to accommodate Tram Trains well underway.
“A revised delivery programme for Tram Train will be announced in late 2014.”