Network Rail signalling problems around Rotherham on Monday 25th April meant the Stagecoach Supertram operated Tram-Train service to Rotherham Parkgate was disrupted. As is often the case when it isn’t possible to access the line via the Tinsley Chord the Tram-Train service was diverted to Meadowhall – with the destination displays on the Citylink vehicles displaying the service as being on the Yellow route.
The disruption for the Tram-Train service on this date was over relatively quickly, but the same can’t be said for services on the Blue route as there still remain no trams able to run to Halfway with the ongoing overhead repairs yet to be completed.
It was Friday 1st April that trams were last able to run all the way to Halfway with initially Donetsk Way and more recently Beighton/Drake House Lane being the terminus for services from Malin Bridge. Stagecoach Supertram have now confirmed that the line between Halfway and Beighton/Drake House Lane will remain closed until at least Friday 6th May.
In a statement from 20th April, they said: “Following recent issues with the overhead power lines, we have identified that some repair work is needed to part of the overhead line equipment to prevent further issues and improve the reliability of our services. We are working with our suppliers to source the parts to complete this repair work as quickly as possible, however we are currently expecting the Blue route between Halfway and Beighton Drakehouse to remain closed until at least Friday 6 May.”