Delayed repairs to Sheffield’s Supertram network have finally been completed – five weeks behind schedule.
Services through Norfolk Park have been replaced by buses since July in the first phase of a £32 million scheme to replace rails on tram routes which run along roads.
More than three miles of tracks have been relaid by contractor VolkerRail for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. Normal service re-started yesterday.
To mark the return to normal, operator Stagecoach will offer weekly tram and bus Megarider tickets for £11.50, instead of the usual price of £13.50, between next Monday, November 11, and December 8.
On Monday, Stagecoach will launch a £1 single ticket for students travelling after 8pm and will continue to offer its £7 child Megarider ticket – seven days’ tram travel for the price of five.
Rail replacement work was delayed because a warmer-than-usual summer affected some of the materials used in the work.
David Young, SYPTE deputy interim director general, said: “We thank everyone for their patience as this first phase of essential work was being carried out.”
Margaret Kay, Stagecoach Supertram managing director, said: “We’re pleased to be able to restore a full tram service.”
Work will take place on more sections of the Supertram network for the next five summers.