160 metre link to be used by tram-trains
Network Rail and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) have submitted a joint application for permission to build the Tinsley Chord, which will be used by tram-trains linking Sheffield and Rotherham. The Transport and Works Act Order application was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport on 13 March.
The 160-metre chord will link the Supertram route at Meadowhall South with the rail network, enabling tram-trains to transfer from light rail to heavy rail. Services will run from Sheffield city centre over Supertram metals and then onwards to Rotherham Central and Parkgate retail park.
As well as the construction of the new track, the application covers the installation of overhead wires and lineside equipment, including a small new building to house electrics. The total cost of the construction is estimated to be £1.83 million.
Subject to grant of permission, work to construct the chord is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.