Sheffield tram disruption continues as track replacement work overruns

Tram services in Sheffield are disrupted today after work to replace tracks overran.

Normal tram services are expected to resume tomorrow
Normal tram services are expected to resume tomorrow

An upgrade to the line between Hillsborough and Middlewood was due to be completed on Friday but finishing touches are still being made, meaning a full service has not resumed.

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That means yellow route trams are continuing to divert to Malin Bridge, with replacement buses running between Hillsborough and Middlewood.

Stagecoach Supertram said normal tram services to Middlewood are expected to resume tomorrow, once work on that section of tracks has been completed.

The second phase of this summer's replacement work is due to begin next Saturday between Birley Lane and Halfway, and to last until Wednesday, August 8.

In total, 22km of worn-out tracks across the Supertram network are due to be replaced by 2024 to reduce noise disturbance and ensure smoother rides for passengers.

This year's work is the first of three stages being carried out by VolkerRail between now and 2020, with dates yet to be confirmed for work to take place in summer 2019 and summer 2020.