The South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) are to launch a consultation on the future of the Supertram network from 19th September to “help shape long-term plans for the system”. It is hoped to find out what people think of Supertram, how the network could be developed or improved and how services could fit with other transport.
The consultation will be open between 19th September and 30th October and the results will help transport leaders draft an investment strategy that will seek Government funding to prepare Supertram for the future and allow services to operate for another 30 years.
Stephen Edwards, SYPTE Executive Director, explains more: “Supertram supports Sheffield’s modern identity and has connected people to jobs, education and leisure in the city centre and beyond for over 21 years. Whilst we continue to make significant investment in the network, parts of the system are coming to the end of their working life and the time is right for us to consider how Supertram can best support the evolving needs of the Region. SYPTE’s current concession agreement for Supertram’s services is ready for renewal in March 2024. So it is time for us to start putting plans in place to make sure Supertram is fit for the future. The important views of residents and businesses across Sheffield City Region will help to shape our investment strategy to prepare the network for its next chapter.”
The survey will be available online at http://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/tramfuture from 1000 on Monday 19th September and will also be available at Interchange Customer Service desks.
Supertram has been operating for 22 years with the first lines having opened in 1994. Since opening it has had a fleet 25 Siemens-Duewag trams which have provided sterling service but since the collision at Shalesmoor last year has been used almost to its capacity. A fleet of seven tram-trains are currently being delivered and these will eventually be used to help enhance capacity on the network. Currently limited testing has taken place with the four vehicles already in Sheffield but it was originally hoped the first may enter service in late 2016.