Its starting to look like Stagecoach Supertram has a major aversion to heavy rain as following closely behind the suspension of the tram-train service to Rotherham Parkgate a couple of weeks there has been a further disruption to services with no trams able to travel beyond Meadowhall South/Tinsley from the city centre as the “Tinsley tram bridge is at risk”. The disruption started during Thursday 7th November.
This means that trams on the Yellow route from Middlewood are terminating at Meadowhall South and not serving Meadowhall Interchange whilst those on the Tram-Train route from Cathedral are not heading to Rotherham Central or Rotherham Parkgate. Even if there wasn’t this issue with the bridge the tram-train service would likely be affected anyway as there is once again flooding at Parkgate preventing Northern Rail services from running – a replacement bus is running on that route from Meadowhall to Rotherham Central.
To add to the confusion for some passengers (there is always some confusion when things are outside the norm after all!) all services in both directions will be using the Meadowhall bound platform at both Valley Centertainment and Carbrook tramstops.
The problems on Supertram are all caused by the very heavy rain seen in northern England on 7th November with the level of the River Don at Tinsley very high coming up, more or less, to the level of the tram bridge hence why the decision was made on safety to suspend services.
At the time of writing there is no indication on when the level may subsidise far enough to allow services to resume.