TRAFFIC: Travel CHAOS across Sheffield as motorway congestion and tram and bus problems hit commuters

Traffic chaos in the city centre
Traffic chaos in the city centre
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Sheffield is in the midst of a perfect storm of traffic and travel chaos tonight after problems with several main roads, the motorways and major tram and bus disruption.

There are no trams running beyond Shalesmoor, which means no trams to or from Hillsborough, Middlewood or Malin Bridge after two trams crashed in Sheffield this morning.

A statement from Stagecoach Supertram said: “Due to an incident at Shalesmoor, we’re currently unable to operate between Middlewood, Malin Bridge and Shalesmoor.”

The firm confirmed the suspended tram services will be in place for the rest of today (Thursday, October 22).

There are NO replacement buses at Shalesmoor.

Stagecoach added: “Please note that there are no dedicated replacement bus connections at Shalesmoor. Customers may connect at Shalesmoor with other bus services as detailed below.

Traffic chaos in the city centre

Traffic chaos in the city centre

“DEDICATED REPLACEMENT BUS SERVICES:

Middlewood to Hillsborough Interchange around every 10 minutes

Malin Bridge to Hillsborough Interchange around every 10 minutes”

The M1 motorway is currently suffering from heavy congestion after a crash closed three lanes between junction 28 and 29 northbound Crash closes three M1 lanes

Traffic chaos in the city centre

Traffic chaos in the city centre

A one-way system in central Sheffield is also causing long delays, with drivers urged to avoid the area around West Bar roundabout Delays on new one-way system

Pei Lin, a PhD student, regretted not taking the 52 bus home to Middlewood as the announcements on the tram had advised. He planned on walking and taking two more buses after the tram terminated at Shalesmoor.

Matthias Kelsch, a 23-year-old law student at the University of Sheffield, travelled to school this morning on the bus once he learned about the accident.

After taking the tram home to Hillsborough this evening, he said: “I’m from Germany, so I expected it would have been fixed by now. It’s getting on my nerves.”

The crashed trams are still at Shalesmoor stop this evening

The crashed trams are still at Shalesmoor stop this evening

He estimated the walk home from Shalesmoor would add an extra 40 minutes to his journey.

Sheffield commuters have also reported there are not enough buses on to cover the half-closed tram services, leading to many waiting at bus stops for long periods.

One Twitter user, @Chickywiggle, said: “@AlexanderCEvans @SheffieldStar had to walk to work and looks like I’ll be walking home too. #thanksstagecoach”

@Alwaysinthetaxi said Rotherham is also ‘gridlocked’. He said: “Not much better in Rotherham. Retail World and Parkgate gridlocked as usual.”

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