UK’s first Tram Train on track to arrive in Sheffield

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The UK’s first Tram Train is making tracks to Sheffield - from Spain.

It will take two weeks for the 37 metre-long vehicle to be transported from Valencia, via Santander, Southampton, and the M1.

Tram Trains are trams with the signalling, power supply, control and communication technology to run on both street tram tracks and the rail network.

Painted in Stagecoach Supertram’s blue, orange and red, three Tram Trains an hour will run between Sheffield and Rotherham from 2017.

Passengers will be able to board from the Cathedral tram stop in Sheffield and travel via Meadowhall South on the main rail line to Parkgate.

The journey will take around 25 minutes.

Seven Tram Trains are due to be used in South Yorkshire in a project involving the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Network Rail, Stagecoach Supertram, Northern Rail and the Department for Transport.

It is a pilot scheme to test whether Tram Train technology could be used anywhere else in the UK.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “This is a great milestone in the pioneering Tram Train project which, when complete, will mean better journeys for passengers in South Yorkshire, as well as helping to boost the economy of the local area and beyond.”

Once the Tram Trains have arrived they will undergo testing before three of the vehicles are introduced on the Supertram network next summer to provide more tram services for passengers during peak times.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s Executive Director, Steve Edwards, added: “It will provide a boost to the regional economy, thanks to improved connections across the region. And, if the pilot is successful, it opens the way for Tram Trains to be introduced in other parts of the country.”