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VolkerRail to carry out more Supertram rail replacement

Sheffield tram 3x2

VolkerRail is to undertake the second phase of the Sheffield Supertram rail replacement works.

The project starts in April and will be carried out between May to September for the next three years. A total of 11.5km of tracks will be replaced, with the work this year starting between Middlewood and Hillsborough.

Appointed by the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), it is part of a wider project to replace on the street running rails which have suffered wear and tear. VolkerRail carried out the first phase of the replacements, which finished in 2015.

Each track sits on a 2.2m wide bed of concrete with two channels measuring 170mm by 165mm for the rails, secured with an adhesive containing a type of cork to reduce noise and vibration from the trams.

“The Sheffield Supertram is an important part of Sheffield’s public transport network, with 12 million journeys made each year. It is a key asset, providing a sustainable, environmentally-friendly alternative to the car and helping to support economic growth alongside other transport programmes in the city”, said SYPTE’s executive director Stephen Edwards.

VolkerRail’s metro and rail projects division general manager John Pearson, said: “We are delighted to continue redeveloping Sheffield’s Supertram network. This network is a key transportation link for commuters and we aim to ensure as little disruption as possible while we replace track along the routes.”


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