The two sections of the Stagecoach Supertram Tram-Trains which were damaged in collisions within five weeks of each in October and November 2018 have departed Nunnery Square Depot for repairs back in Spain. The damaged parts of 399 202 and 399 204 were dispatched on separate low loaders on Thursday 21st February.
399 204 was involved in a collision with a HGV on the road crossing between Woodbourn Road and Attercliffe tramstops on 25th October 2018 and was followed just five weeks later on 30th November 2018 by 399 202 suffering damage at the same location when it collided with a car. Since this time the damaged sections have remained stored at the depot waiting for a decision to be made on the best way to conduct repairs and it has now been decided that this will be to send them back to the Stadler factory.
Currently the undamaged sections in the two collisions are operating as 399 202 in Sheffield and it is expected that once repairs are completed on the other sections and the Citylink Tram-Train is back in the UK it will return to service as 399 204.
In connected news the driver of the lorry, 61 year old Kevin Hague, has made his first appearance at Sheffield Magistrates Court. Charged with driving without due care and attention and driving through a red light Mr Hague didn’t enter a plea at the first hearing and he has now been bailed ahead of a trial due to start on 13th June.