Network Rail, the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram have launched the Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub, which draws on all the information gathered from the joint experience of designing, building and operating the first tram train system in Britain.
Tram trains are special in that the same rolling stock can run on both tram lines and regular rail tracks. These systems can therefore make do with less infrastructure than a whole new tram or rail project would require.
The tram train operating in South Yorkshire
© Network Rail
The hub is part of the tram train pilot in South Yorkshire, which connects Sheffield Cathedral and Rotherham Parkgate via Rotherham Central. The pilot has been running for two years now in order to ascertain passenger satisfaction, passenger numbers, reliability and costs. It has received a 96 percent user satisfaction rating in the most recent survey conducted by Transport Focus.
The hub is a “comprehensive body of learning” that is meant to benefit and boost future hybrid light and heavy rail schemes. It is hosted by the web-based SharpCloud system and will be updated until mid-2021.