Plans to build a new section of railway to allow the UK’s first tram-trains to run in South Yorkshire have been approved by the Department for Transport.
A joint Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) application was made to the Secretary of State for Transport earlier this year by Network Rail and the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive to develop the Tinsley Chord to allow the new Sheffield Supertram vehicles to join the existing rail network.
Now the TWAO has been confirmed, Network Rail can begin work on the 160 metres of new track, overhead lines to carry the electricity to power the tram-trains, as well as constructing a small building to house lineside equipment.
Once completed, the European-style tram-trains will be able to run between Britain’s rail and tram network for the first time and will provide a direct service between Sheffield city centre, Rotherham Central railway station and Parkgate retail park.
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