In Pictures: 2019 rail replacement works start at Hillsborough

The start of four months of rail replacement work on the Stagecoach Supertram network got underway on Good Friday, 19th April, with the first stage seeing work concentrated in the Hillsborough area. With all trams on the Blue and Yellow routes terminating at Hillsborough throughout this phase of works – due to continue until 2nd June – and bus replacements in operation there was a large amount of congestion in the area; hopefully not a sign of thing to comes for the next six weeks. In this first of our pictorial updates on the rail replacement, Stuart Cooke shows us the first stages of the work.

The first day of the work and this is the junction where the Blue route to Malin Bridge leaves the Yellow route to Middlewood. Good progress is already being made on removing the old tracks.

Little time was wasted in lifting the old tracks as seen here where the ducts where once there were rails there are now none!

With trams terminating at Hillsborough the crossover is in regular use. 121 demonstrates for us.

More track already removed on day one.

On Saturday 20th April and with old track gone new track gets prepared for installation.

103 on the crossover, 20th April.

Further new rails just waiting to be laid.

On Sunday 21st April and the junction now has new rails in place. (All Photographs by Stuart Cooke)

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One Response to In Pictures: 2019 rail replacement works start at Hillsborough

  1. SheffieldCB says:

    Impressive progress, I think. The traffic delays in the first few days were terrible, but that’s hardly surprising at a junction like Hillsborough Corner, given the road network in the vicinity. But after working over the Easter weekend, the junction is now clear, and works moved onto the lower stretch of Middlewood Road inbound, from that junction up to Hillsborough Park stop. Aside from a couple of bus diversions, traffic issues seemed minimal this morning and evening and works progressing well.