Network Rail and Partners Launch Tram Train Pilot Learning Hub

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

The tram train operating in South Yorkshire

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.

Simon Coulthard, Head of Light Rail Knowledge & Development, Network Rail, said:

“The launch of the learning hub marks another major milestone in the delivery of the Tram Train Pilot. I thank my colleagues in SYPTE, Supertram and Network Rail for helping to compile the information and data that makes this a very comprehensive learning resource. I hope colleagues in the industry will find the hub valuable as they assess the potential for Tram Train elsewhere.”

 

This hub is the first major deliverable for Network Rail’s Light Rail Knowledge team. Its aim is to provide a centre of excellence within Network Rail for light rail matters.

Alex Dodds, who maintains the hub, said:

“It’s taken a huge effort by all the partners to bring our collective learning into one accessible forum. I’m really excited to be sharing our knowledge and helping the development of future light rail schemes.”

 

Network Rail owns and manages the hub. To access the hub, apply via email to [email protected] Applicants should provide their name, job title, organisation and email address.

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