Public to have say on building works for £60m tram-train scheme

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Members of the public will get the chance to have their say on building work related to the delayed £60m Sheffield-to-Rotherham tram train project.

The scheme - originally announced in 2009 - has been delayed several times but is now due to be up and running by early 2017.

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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.

As part of the project, Network Rail needs to build 150 metres of new track at Tinsley to connect up the Supertram and railway networks.

Overhead line equipment to run the new vehicles will also have to be installed, while the local rail network will also have to be adapted to allow the Tram Train vehicles to run.

More details about the potential disruption caused by the work will be given at two public consultation events next week.

Network Rail representatives will be holding meetings at The Source Skills Academy, Meadowhall on Friday, February 6, between 11am and 7pm, and Saturday, February 7, between 10am and 2pm.

A spokesman said: “In order to start work on the plans, we need to apply to the Secretary of State for Transport for the necessary powers to build the new section of railway.

“Consultation forms an important part of the process and we are keen to hear from members of the local community and other interested parties with their thoughts on the proposals.

“Find out more about the proposal, meet the team and have your say about our plans to connect Sheffield and Rotherham at our public exhibition.”

A consultation website will also be set up to take the views of the public.

It is intended three Tram Train services will run each hour. The pilot will run for an initial two years and the scheme become permanent after that.

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