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Sheffield tram train announcement

Transport Minister Norman Baker today announced that the Government will provide funding of £150,000 for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Northern Rail and Network Rail to carry out further work on the business and project case for the pilot tram-train between Sheffield and Rotherham.

Norman Baker said:

"Tram-trains offer passengers travelling from rural and suburban areas into city centres a viable, environmentally sound alternative to short and medium car commuting that can cut congestion and reduce overcrowding at railway stations.

"These sorts of rail fleets are already in use on the continent, but this is a first for the UK. The funding we are providing for this exciting project represents a real chance for us to test whether they can be adapted successfully for South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK."

The business and project case which the Government is funding will look at a range of issues such as the economic and environmental benefits and could lead to tram-trains being introduced in South Yorkshire in 2014. Tram-trains could potentially run on the existing rail freight route from Rotherham before joining the Sheffield Supertram network at Meadowhall South and could provide three trams per hour all day between Sheffield city centre, the Lower Don Valley, Meadowhall shopping centre, Rotherham Central Station and Parkgate retail park.

24 March 2011

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