Sheffield tram extension could be considered

Supertram. Picture: Andrew Roe
Supertram. Picture: Andrew Roe
  • Possibility of expansion to Sheffield Supertram network likely to be considered in the next round of work
  • Director general of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive says prospect of a tram extension is ‘exciting’
  • Creating tram extension within Sheffield, would cost hundreds of millions of pounds and take years
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Work that could eventually kick-start fresh plans for a long-awaited extension to Sheffield’s popular tram network is to get under way this year.

Passengers have clamoured for the Supertram – first launched in 1994 – to branch out to more communities and areas of the city for many years.

Now the possibility of expansion is likely to be considered in the next round of work looking at transport priorities across South Yorkshire.

Ben Still, director general of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “Over the past 10 to 15 years various studies have looked at tram extensions within Sheffield itself and the next round of work for transport priorities in South Yorkshire is to look at priorities and which of those could be developed first.

“That’s in the context of how do we connect the tram network to the other transport networks, to Sheffield railway station, to Meadowhall and to the growth areas of Sheffield but also the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe. That’s going to be massively developed over the next 20 years – it needs new mass transit.

“So we have to take all those factors into consideration and the intention is to provide some plans for consultation at some point.

Over the past 10 to 15 years various studies have looked at tram extensions within Sheffield itself and the next round of work for transport priorities in South Yorkshire is to look at priorities and which of those could be developed first.

Ben Still, director general of the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

“We are developing this as part of an integrated infrastructure plan for the city region and that work will get under way this year.”

The £60 million tram-train pilot project between Rotherham and Sheffield is seen as the current priority as it offers the chance to expand using heavy railway lines.

Creating a tram extension within Sheffield, with new tracks and stops, would cost hundreds of millions of pounds and take years.

It is likely transport bosses would hope to use money devolved to the region from Government for any such scheme.

Mr Still said the prospect of a tram extension was ‘exciting’ but bosses wanted to see tangible progress on schemes that cash has already been secured for.

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