Tram works to hit Sheffield city centre

Supertram works in Norfolk Park
Supertram works in Norfolk Park
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Motorists and commuters face two months of disruption in Sheffield city centre as the next phase of tram rail replacement work takes place.

The final phase of tram rail replacement work this year between the Cathedral tram stop and Netherthorpe Road will get under way in the second week of July after the Tour de France visits Sheffield.

The work will take until mid-September to complete and will reduce West Street to one lane of traffic towards the city.

For three weekends, the whole of West Street will be closed to traffic, with diversions in place. Bus replacement services will be in operation for tram users, with a revised timetable in operation.

Project bosses said replacement buses will run to the tram timetable ‘in so far as is possible’.

Work taking place between Fitzalan Square and Woodbourn Road as part of the £32 million project is expected to be completed by the end of this month in time for the visit of the Tour de France on July 6.

When the next stage of work starts, customers in the city centre will be able to connect with trams to Meadowhall, Halfway and Herdings Park at Castle Square.

Tram network owner South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and system operator Stagecoach Supertram are funding the project over the next four years.

A public drop-in event detailing what will be happening in the next phase of works will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, at The Circle on Rockingham Lane, Sheffield, from 4.30pm and 8pm.

Work in the project has already taken place between Spring Lane and Park Grange Croft tram stops, in Gleadless and Halfway and in the Hillsborough/Malin Bridge area.

SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General David Young said: “We thank customers for their continued patience while these essential works are being carried out.”