Tram users face disruption again next month as multi-million pound rail replacement works resume.
The first phase of engineering work to replace worn out tracks between Hillsborough and Infirmary Road will begin on March 28, and will last for about six weeks.
During the work, revised timetables will be in place on Yellow and Blue routes, and tram replacement bus services - Y5 and B5 - will run instead.
Information on tram replacement bus routes will be displayed at tram stops during the works, while existing tram tickets will be accepted on the buses.
Those works will be followed by further replacements between Park Square and Castle Square between May 11 and June 3, Castle Square and Cathedral between June 2 and 28 and City Road and Gleadless Townend from June 29 to August 28.
A drop-in event will be held on February 25 at Arundel Gate Interchange from 3 to 8pm for those who want to find out more about how the works will affect tram services they use.
Motorists are also being warned about potential disruption. Some road junctions may need to close completely, but work will take place at weekends ‘wherever possible’ when this is the case, and local information will be made available in advance.
The new works follow several months of replacements last year which meant tram services were suspended or disrupted across the city during the summer.
The £32 million project, delivered by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Stagecoach Supertram and VolkerRail, began in 2013 and is expected to take around 5 years. T
he work also includes preparation of the tracks for the new Tram-Train service which will operate between Sheffield and Rotherham from early 2017.
SYPTE deputy interim director general, David Young, said: “We thank customers for their continued patience whilst these essential improvements are carried out.
“The tram is a fantastic asset to Sheffield City Region and the works will ensure the tram network provides a robust and reliable service for years to come.”
Supertram managing director, Margaret Kay, said: “These improvement works are vital to the long-term future of the tram network for decades to come.
“We appreciate that the project will cause short-term disruption to some of our customers in the affected areas and we will be working hard to ensure we continue to provide reliable transport services and up-to-date travel information for passengers throughout this work.
“We would like to thank customers in advance for their understanding during this important engineering work.”
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