Essential work to extend the lifespan of the Supertram network, affecting the Purple route, will move to the area between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park on Friday 10 August.

As part of a three-year rail replacement project, works will start in Area 3 between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park from Friday 10 August until Sunday 19 August, subject to weather and site conditions. Works in Area 2, between Birley Lane and Halfway, are scheduled for completion on Wednesday 8 August.

“Works are progressing to programme and we have been fortunate with the dry weather so far, which has provided ideal working conditions for the team on site. We continue to work with our partners, Stagecoach Supertram to keep customers informed of disruptions and keep them moving whilst the works take place.” says South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) Director of Public Transport, Ben Gilligan.

Area 3 works will affect Purple route tram services, which will operate a limited service between Cathedral and Birley Lane.  Replacement buses will run between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park, serving the stops that will be temporarily closed.

SYPTE will keep customers informed about the works, bus and traffic diversions via its website travelsouthyorkshire.com/RailReplacement. Passengers can find the most up to date information via twitter @TSYalerts. Information about tram replacement bus routes will be available at supertram.com or @SCSupertram.

Affected tram services

During the works in Area 3, Purple route services will run as normal between Malin Bridge and Birley Lane, where they will terminate.

To minimise disruption to passengers, the P3 replacement buses will operate between Gleadless Townend and Herdings Park, as Herdings/Leighton Road and Herdings Park tram stops will be temporarily closed.

Halfway Park and Ride will remain open during the period, and parking will be free while the works last. Customers will just need to buy their tram ticket on board. Customers are advised to plan ahead, as journey times may be affected.

Tram only and Park and Ride tickets will be accepted on B2 services for the duration of the works. Passengers can buy their tickets on a tram or a bus.

Yellow and Blue routes will run normally during the works.