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  • Tinsley Chord Tram Train

  • Workers installing a new junction
  • We’re planning to connect Sheffield and Rotherham by linking the rail and the Supertram networks at Tinsley so Tram Trains can run between Sheffield Cathedral tramstop and a new station at Parkgate shopping centre near Rotherham, improving access to jobs, education and leisure facilities.

    Application submitted 13 March 2015

    Following public consultation, we submitted an application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 13 March 2015 for the necessary powers to construct and operate a chord at Tinsley to connect the Supertram and railway networks.

    The application documents are available online:

    The benefits

    The proposals will help deliver:

    • Better access to jobs, education and leisure facilities
    • Local job opportunities
    • Improve connections between Sheffield and Rotherham
    • Greener journey options, minimising congestion on the roads

    The plans

    In order to introduce the Tram Train pilot service, we need to build 150 metres of new track at Tinsley (the Tinsley Chord), which will connect the Supertram and railway networks.

    The Tinsley Chord is part of the Tram Train pilot scheme, which is a partnership between the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail, Northern Rail Limited, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram. SYPTE will lead on the delivery of the pilot.

    As well as helping to provide benefits locally, the scheme forms a national pilot of this innovative technology, which may be adopted by other cities across the country.

    To build the chord we will need to:

    • Prepare the ground before laying 150 metres of new track.
    • Install overhead line equipment and other track-side equipment to supply power to the Tram Train vehicles.
    Carry out works to adapt the rail network to enable Tram Train vehicles to run.

    More information

    If you have any further questions on the proposals, you can email the project team at tinsleychord@networkrail.co.uk or call our 24 hour helpline on 03457 11 41 41.

    We will work closely with the local authority and community to minimise the impacts of the work.