Call for more tram-trains

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TRAM-trains should be introduced on a host of other rail lines around Sheffield if their trial between the city and Rotherham is a success, MP Clive Betts has urged.

Mr Betts, Sheffield South East MP, has asked Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to allow a ‘rapid expansion’ of the mode of transport by ensuring funds are available to electrify more lines.

Tram-trains are common on the continent, but the South Yorkshire service, starting in 2015, will be the UK’s first.

Mr Betts said: “If the scheme is successful, as I am sure it will be, rolling it out will depend on having under-used rail lines electrified.

“Will he bear that in mind when considering future electrification?”

Mr McLoughlin replied: “I will look closely at what Mr Betts has said.”