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Compared to implementing HS2, the Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train pilot should be a walk in the park, but the scheme is almost three years late and expected to cost five times the original estimate, the National Audit Office stated.

[Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train is five times over budget, says NAO, Gwyn Topham, The Guardian, 4 July 2017]

[…] Critics said the report cast doubt on pledges to deliver bigger schemes such as HS2. The Liberal Democrat leader, Tim Farron, said: “This project has been a total disaster from start to finish. The fact they can’t keep control on a flagship scheme like this shows what a total sham the Northern Powerhouse really is. My worry is that if we cannot deliver schemes like this on budget what hope do we have for HS2?”

Tram train highly commended, South Yorkshire PTE, July 2013

Tram train highly commended, South Yorkshire PTE, July 2013

Another shambles, quelle non-surprise. Surely the guiding principle behind tram-train should be the ability to use national rail tracks, without having to make ‘complex’ and expensive changes to the infrastructure. Putting up 750 volt tramway wire over national rail tracks, what is that all about?

'Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train pilot on track', gov.uk, 24 Mar 2011

‘Sheffield to Rotherham tram-train pilot on track’, gov.uk, 24 Mar 2011

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Written by beleben

July 4, 2017 at 9:19 am

Posted in HS2, Politics

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  1. “Putting up 750 volt tramway wire over national rail tracks, what is that all about?”

    The rest of the Supertram system is 750 volts DC – It was decided back when the system was built that this would be a good idea because of air pollution in the rest of the city, due to the huge number of diesel buses on places like West street.

    The original proposal for the tram train trial envisaged trains running between Sheffield and Huddersfield upon the Penistone line – Until someone pointed out that you would either have to install electric wires on all 30+ miles of the route to Huddersfield via Barnsley or buy diesel powered trams…Which nobody makes anywhere in the world.

    Andrew S. Mooney

    July 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm


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