Tram breakdown leads to severe Supertram disruption

This article has been revised since original publication. Last update was Tuesday 7th February at 1945.

There has been severe disruption to services on Stagecoach Supertram since Monday 6th February after a tram broke down on West Street which also caused damage to the track. No trams were initially able to run between Cathedral and Shalesmoor from around 0830 until the end of service of Monday 6th February before a limited shuttle service was introduced between University and Middlewood on Tuesday 7th February.

Photos on social media (good old Twitter comes to our aid here!) show that the tram which was declared a failure was Citylink 399 207. The tram (one of the Citylink vehicles which has the wheel profile for traditional tramway operation) was on West Street when the failure occurred. There has been no confirmation what the issue was but even after the vehicle was recovered to depot on Monday it was not possible to run trams through owing to damage to the track.

Initially no no trams were able to run between Cathedral and Shalesmoor in either direction but both the BLUE and YELLOW routes did seem to still be running from Shalesmoor to Malin Bridge/Middlewood. The other part of each route just ran from Cathedral to Halfway/Meadowhall.

Things changed on Tuesday 7th February when it was confirmed that a full through service would be unable to start running until at least Thursday 9th February. A shuttle service was initiated which runs between Middlewood and University only at roughly a 20 minute frequency, although operational constraints mean that the timetable was only provided for guidance. All services at University were using the city bound platform, both arriving and departing.

There was ticket acceptance on board bus services running between the city centre and Shalesmoor, Malin Bridge and Middlewood to allow passengers to complete their journeys.

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