Sheffield's tram train service 'suspended until further notice'

The tram train service which runs between Sheffield and Rotherham is ‘suspended until further notice' following overhead power and vehicle issues on the railway yesterday.

Friday, 13th December 2019, 3:06 pm

A spokesman for Stagecoach Supertram said the tram train services ‘remain suspended until further notice’ and that more updates would be provided later today as to whether the service would be operating tomorrow.

“Following on from issues on the railway yesterday, Tram Train services unfortunately remain suspended until further notice.

“We’ll provide more updates later in the day with regards to Monday. Tram tickets valid on First, Stagecoach and on Northern services in affected areas,” a spokesman said on Twitter.

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Tram-trains have been running between Sheffield and Rotherham since October 2018

Rail passengers experienced extensive delays yesterday due to a train that was broken down at Rotherham Central railway station.

A spokesman for Northern confirmed that the disruption was cleared by 3.45pm yesterday.

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Sheffield tram-trains suspended due to 'vehicle issue'

The scheme has been plagued by problems since it was first launched.

It was due to launch in 2015 at a cost of around £15 million but it launched in October last year, with a bill of around £75 million.

It was then involved in a crash on its first day of service at the junction of Staniforth Road and Woodbourn Road.

In November last year, one of its vehicles was also in collision with a car at the same junction.

The service was also suspended several times last month due to the floods that left Rotherham railway station submerged in water for several days and as a result of damage caused to overhead power lines.