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.”