Ban on cycles on trams stays despite London green light

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Transport managers in Sheffield have rejected calls to allow cycles on trams, despite bikes will being allowed on off-peak Docklands Light Railway services in London after a successful trial.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said the possibility of cycles being carried on city trams was reviewed last year – and rejected.

A Supertram spokeswoman said: “There is a limited amount of space available on board our trams and our review found the carriage of bikes could result in potential accessibility issues for our other customers,” said

But Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield said Sheffield should learn from London, consulting cyclists to reconsider the situation.

“Its successful trial has shown bikes can be taken on to light railways and trams without any problems, which is common across Europe.”

Cycles should at least be allowed as an experiment on tram-trains being built to run between Sheffield and Parkgate in Rotherham, he said.