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DESCRIPTION
Sheffield tram opened in 1873 and it was electrified in 1902. The original tram network was closed in 1960.
Due to an increasing road congestion, in years '80s the local authorities decided to reintroduce a modern LRT/tram service (Sheffield Supertram). Supetram opened in 1994 (on March: Fitzalan Square-Meadowhall; on September: Fitzalan Square-Spring Lane; on December: Spring Lane-Gleadless Townend) and it was extended in 1995 (Fitzalan Square-Cathedral; Cathedral-Shalesmoor; Gleadless Townend-Halfway; Gleadless Townend-Herdings Park; Shalesmoor-Middlewood/Malin Bridge).
Supertram network consists in 3 radial lines (Meadowhall line, Halfway line, Middlewood line) which join each other in the city centre (at Cathedral, Castle Square and Fitzalan Square/Ponds Forge stops). Meadowhall line serves essentially an industrial district and runs mostly in reserved and segregated lanes (partly along an elder railway track). Halfway line goes through some peripheral suburbs, partly in reserved lanes, partly on the road traffic. Middlewood line serves the vital district of Hillsborough and the victorian suburbs.
The whole system is completed by 2 short branches to Malin Bridge and Herdings Park.
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
HISTORY
datesection nameline
1873initial horse tram opening--
1902electrification completed--
1960tram network closed--
21-03-1994Fitzalan Square-MeadowhallSupertram
22-08-1994Fitzalan Square-Spring LaneSupertram
05-12-1994Spring Lane-Gleadless TownendSupertram
18-02-1995Fitzalan Square-CathedralSupertram
27-02-1995Cathedral-ShalesmoorSupertram
27-03-1995Gleadless Townend-HalfwaySupertram
03-04-1995Gleadless Townend-Herdings ParkSupertram
23-10-1995Shalesmoor-Middlewood/Malin BridgeSupertram
2001Park Grange Croft stopSupertram
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
TECHNICAL DATA
Single line length (Km)
--
Single line stops
--
Single line avg. distance (km)
--
Total track length (km)
29
Total network stops
48
Avg. stop net distance (km)
0.6
Type
steel wheels
Current/Voltage
750 V DC overhead
Type of guide/gauge
standard gauge rails (1435 mm)
Vehicles builder
SIEMENS/DUEWAG,VOSSLOH
Model
Siemens/Duewag:Supertram
Vossloh:British Rail Class 399
Operator
STAGECOACH SHEFFIELD
(last modified February 19, 2017 )
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lrt-tram - sheffield; By David Arthur, via Wikimedia Commons
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