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VIDEO: Mystery hole halts Sheffield trams

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  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Tram users in Sheffield face further disruption after a mysterious hole led to two services being suspended.

Engineers were at the scene on top of Park Square roundabout yesterday afternoon, where a hole has opened up on an embankment next to tram tracks.

It contains a pole which carries electrical wires above trams, which is why services have been called to a halt for safety reasons.

The blue and purple routes have been suspended between Sheffield railway station and the city centre since Saturday.

It comes after weeks of disruption during rail replacements works to the network.

One passenger said he had been told the problem was due to ‘subsidence’, but a Stagecoach Supertram spokesman said they did not yet know the cause.

The passenger added: “At the moment nobody seems to have any idea of when the situation will be remedied. “There’s also no replacement bus service for people who aren’t able bodied enough to walk in to town from the station.”

The Supertram spokesman said the yellow route between Meadowhall and Cathedral was unaffected and the firm was working with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive.

She added: “Although the problem is not with the tram infrastructure itself, due to its proximity to the network it had the potential to affect the safe running of this part of the system and for that reason the decision has been taken to temporarily suspend services until the embankment has been fully assessed by an expert.

“We would like to apologise to passengers for any inconvenience.”

Passengers travelling to Manor Top can use tram tickets on the 120 Stagecoach bus.

 

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