Network Rail (NR) has confirmed that the tram-train trial between Sheffield and Rotherham has been delayed, but no date for its introduction has been announced.
Department for Transport (DfT) Parliamentary Under-Secretary Andrew Jones, responding to a question from Liberal Democrat Campaigns Chairman Greg Mulholland, said the DfT and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, which is funding the project, had been advised by NR that a review has been initiated regarding the current programme of work needed to adapt the infrastructure to allow the seven tram-trains to operate between Meadowhall South and Rotherham Parkgate.
Jones explained: “The department understands that Network Rail has encountered significant issues with the approval of new bespoke electrification equipment needed to operate the tram-train vehicles.
“The current programme showed delivery of these works by early spring 2017, however until the outcome of the Network Rail review is known, no further details can be provided.”
NR spokesman Dan Donovan told RAIL: “The tram-train Pilot in South Yorkshire is a first for Britain’s rail network and as such it involves a number of bespoke designs that will allow the vehicles to operate over the rail network. The project team is carrying out a thorough review of the programme and will report back to stakeholders by the summer.”
- For more on this, read RAIL 804, published on July 6.