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Give Your Views On The Future Of Supertram

Give Your Views On The Future Of Supertram

Disabled Supertram users are being asked to contribute to a consultation on the future of the transport system in Sheffield.

After more than 20 years of continuous operation, parts of the existing 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, SYPTE are developing a business case. In preparing their business case to central government, they are required to consider a range of options for the future of Supertram, including their forecast costs and benefits.

They are seeking views of residents, the community, special interest groups including disabled people, visitors and businesses across Sheffield City Region on three options for the future of the Supertram system:

  • Maintaining Supertram as it is through ongoing essential repairs
  • Renewing and modernising Supertram’s tracks, vehicles and information systems
  • Exploring alternative options to Supertram.

A survey in 2016 found that 83% of users 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. The consultation will help them to recommend an option for funding from the Department for Transport.

You can find out more and have your your say on the consultation form online or on a paper survey from Travel South Yorkshire Interchange. You can also telephone Traveline on 01709 515151 or email communications@sypte.co.uk

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