Tram works on the right track

Karen Sherwood
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Transport bosses have assured residents and businesses that disruption will be kept to a minimum during vital tram rail replacement works.

The next stage of replacing 22km of old Supertram rails across the whole of Sheffield will begin on the stretch from Infirmary Road to Hillsborough on March 29.

The improvements are set to continue across the city until September – but project managers have said they will halt works during the Tour de France Grand Départ period and services will run as normal.

Despite the work starting in under 10 days, businesses in Hillsborough said they had received no details of road closures and replacement bus services.

Karen Sherwood, of the Cupola Gallery on Middlewood Road, said: “We know Sheffield isn’t the tourist destination of the North of England so the fact that we have this opportunity to bring in thousands of people for the Tour de France means they need to be on the ball with this.

“Let’s see how we can work together. If things need replacing, they need replacing because the last thing we need is a crash or some sort of disaster. This is about making sure communication is clear and open.”

Contracter VolkerRail will replace track between Infirmary Road and Hillsborough from the end of this month until late April. Works will continue across the city until mid-September.

Supertram managing director Margaret Kay said: “During the works over the next few months, the majority of our services across the network will run as normal, however some sections of the system will be affected, with buses replacing trams at times.”

For full details, visit www.supertram.com/railreplacementproject.html