New multimillion-pound transport scheme for Yorkshire
Tram-trains will head straight into the heart of Sheffield & Rotherham
A new tram-train project is to be trialled in South Yorkshire, and could be running within 3 years.
What are tram-trains?
Tram-trains are new to Britain—providing easy travel from rural and suburban areas right into the heart of city centres.
Where will the line run?
The route is expected to operate between Rotherham and Sheffield.
What are the benefits?
Ideally, the tram-trains will cut congestion, offer an alternative to the own-car commute, and make it quicker and easier to get into Rotherham and Sheffield.
What sort of work will need to be done?
The project will include linking tram and train tracks at Tinsley; electrifying the 5.5-mile rail line between Tinsley and Parkgate; building the new Parkgate station, and constructing low extensions to platforms at Rotherham Central.
Where’s the money coming from?
The scheme will be funded by money already earmarked for the development of transport in our region. Originally, ministers had planned to invest £25m in the Penistone rail line between Sheffield and Huddersfield, but that scheme has been shelved due to difficulties locating suitable diesel trams for the non-electrified track.