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CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE OF SUPERTRAM


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CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE OF SUPERTRAM
 
 
MONDAY 24 SEPTEMBER - MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2018
 
Supertram

For over 20 years, Supertram has been connecting high numbers of people to jobs, education, shopping and leisure in Sheffield and beyond. Making over 12 million passenger journeys a year, it plays an important role in the wider public transport network within the Region and is recognised as an attractive, reliable and efficient mode of travel.

The tram system reduces congestion, helps improve air quality, and potentially could play an important part in future plans to better connect residents and businesses to our urban centres and major housing, retail, leisure and employment sites within the Sheffield City Region.

A well thought of service and opportunities for the future

We know the tram system is well thought of by users. Responses to a survey in 2016 found that:
  • 95% of all respondents thought that the tram is an important mode of transport for the Region in the future.
  • 91% thought the tram would bring benefits to the Region in the future, such as supporting economic growth, connecting people to employment and reducing traffic congestion.
  • 83% rated the tram overall as very good or good, citing reliability, convenience, cleanliness, conductors, journey time, affordability, disabled accessibility and reduced environmental impact as deciding factors.
A 2014 study found that after more than 20 years of continuous operation, parts of the existing tram network and vehicles are approaching the end of their working life. Whilst ongoing maintenance costs are paid for by the current tram operator (Stagecoach), there is no funding currently in place for the long-term renewal of the system. Around £230m of investment is needed to allow the Supertram network to operate for at least another 30 years, and Department for Transport funding will be required to support this.

For this reason, we are developing a business case.  In preparing our business case to central government, we are required to consider a range of options for the future of Supertram, including their forecast costs and benefits. If we are unsuccessful in securing future funding for a mass transit solution the Supertram network may have to be closed and decommissioned, the cost of which would have to be covered by the Region. Closure would also prevent any future network extensions.

Your views are important

Before submitting our proposal to the Department for Transport, it is important that we understand the views of residents, the community, special interest groups, visitors and businesses across Sheffield City Region. This public consultation will help us to select the preferred option for the future of Supertram.

The options being considered

A number of options are being presented for consideration. These options have been discussed with the Department for Transport and represent the most appropriate set of potential solutions for the current Supertram system. You can have your say on the consultation by responding online at:

travelsouthyorkshire.com/ futuretram or by completing the paper questionnaire from Sheffield, Meadowhall, Hillsborough, Arundel Gate, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley Travel South Yorkshire Interchanges. Please return paper forms to a Customer Service Desk at a Travel South Yorkshire Interchange, or post to:


Communications, SYPTE, 11 Broad Street West, Sheffield, S1 2BQ by 5 November 2018.

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