Rotherham station car park to be closed for tram-train works

A RAILWAY station car park will be closed for two weeks to allow maintenance work to begin for the anticipated tram-train.

Although the transport link, which will connect Rotherham to Sheffield via Parkgate, is not expected to be running until mid 2018, Network Rail will close Rotherham Central George Street car park from Sunday (November 19).

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said a safety fence will be installed along the wall of the car park.

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She added: “The fence is being installed to protect people from the overhead lines which will be installed when the line is electrified for use by tram-train.

“Network Rail has agreed the closure with Northern, who operate Rotherham Central station.

“We apologise for any inconvenience which is caused to those who use the car park.”

Transport bosses hoped tram-trains would be running in Rotherham by 2017, but South Yorkshire Transport Executive (SYPTE) said this month it was now likely to be summer 2018.

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A revised programme of works needed to adapt the infrastructure to operate tram-train vehicles between Meadowhall South and Rotherham Parkgate will be announced in “due course”, added the spokeswoman.

SYPTE said it anticipated to have this timeframe from Network Rail by the end of this year.