Supertram tracks are set to be replaced thanks to government funding, Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer has announced during a visit to Sheffield.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is set to receive £5 million to replace the track on the Sheffield Supertram light rail system. By replacing the rail, Supertram can continue its current contribution to the local economy and fulfil its growing role in the regeneration of key areas of the Sheffield City Region.
Transport Minister, Baroness Kramer said:
An efficient and reliable transport system is critical to any city. The Sheffield Supertram network is an important local feature: it contributes significantly to the growth of the local economy and provides reliable and frequent links to many of the key employment, regeneration and development areas in Sheffield.
The funding we are providing demonstrates this government’s commitment to providing local communities with access to jobs.
While in Sheffield Baroness Kramer also visited the site of the planned Tinsley Viaduct which will form part of the £28 million Bus Rapid Transit scheme that will improve bus links between the city and Rotherham.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive is set to receive £5 million to replace life expired sections of rail within street running elements of the Sheffield Supertram light rail system.
David Young, SYPTE Deputy Interim Director General, said:
We are pleased to welcome the minister to south Yorkshire and in particular her announcement of government funding to support the Phase 1 renewal of the worn Supertram rails.
We are also pleased to be able to show Baroness Kramer the site of both the Bus Rapid Transit and Tram-Train projects, the reasons why we need to replace the Supertram rails, and the successful multi-modal interchange at Meadowhall.
The funding announced today (4 December 2013) is a one-off payment to South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive. The works will be delivered by SYPTE in partnership with Stagecoach (the operators) and Sheffield City Council (SCC).