Trams back to normal across Sheffield today

The hole next to the tram tracks on Park Square, Sheffield

The hole next to the tram tracks on Park Square, Sheffield

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Tram services across Sheffield return to normal today after the completion of rail replacement works – and repairs to a mysterious hole.

Supertrams will run as normal from Malin Bridge and Middlewood across the network to the city centre, Halfway and Meadowhall, following the completion of rail replacements across the city.

Work to fix a hole in the ground which opened up near the track at Park Square has also been finished, so trams will again run between Sheffield Station and the city centre.

About 4,000 metres of track have been replaced in areas including Hillsborough, Malin Bridge, Gleadless, West Street and Netherthorpe, the second phase of a £32 million project to replace 22km of the tram route by 2024.

Sheffield City Region Transport Committee Vice-Chair, Coun Leigh Bramall, said: “The tram is a fantastic asset and these essential works will ensure it continues to run smoothly for a long time to come. We thank customers for their patience, and we are confident the remainder of the rail replacement project can continue to be delivered with minimal disruption to passengers.”

Supertram managing director Margaret Kay said: “It’s great news for passengers that this phase of these important rail replacement works has been completed on time. We look forward to returning tram services to normal and would like to thank our customers for their understanding during the project so far.

“We know the recent groundworks issue at Park Square has also had an impact on some of our passengers over the past couple of weeks and, again, we are grateful for their patience and glad that the necessary work has now been completed to ensure we can resume services in the area.”