VolkerRail has been awarded a £4 million contract by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE). Work will begin in the next two weeks on the joint tram rail replacement project between SYPTE and Stagecoach Supertram.
The work, which is the largest investment programme in the tram system since it began running, involves replacing 5,450 metres of the tram track. The track was originally laid around 20 years ago and is now experiencing wear. Tram network owner SYPTE and system operator Stagecoach Supertram are funding a major programme of rail replacement works on the network, with the majority of work being undertaken during the next five years.
Harder wearing steel
Work is expected to start at the end of June and take around 12 weeks. During the project harder wearing steel will be installed to ensure a longer lifespan, estimated at 25-30 years.
VolkerRail has recently completed similar projects on Manchester Metrolink, Nottingham Tram and Croydon Tramlink.