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Sheffield Region Transport Plan 2019 – Tram-Trains Between Sheffield And Doncaster-Sheffield Airport

The Sheffield plans, state this as a medium to long-term priority.

Regional tram-train services to be maximised through Rotherham Central, with direct fast services to Doncaster, DSA and Sheffield.

The tram-train route between Sheffield and Doncaster, would probably be as follows.

  • Tinsley Meadowhall South
  • Magna
  • Rortherham Central
  • Rotherham Parkgate
  • Swinton
  • Mexborough
  • Conisbrough
  • Doncaster

The distance between Rotherham Parkgate and Doncaster is under twelve miles and has full electrification at both ends.

The Class 399 tram-trains being built with a battery capability for the South Wales Metro to be delivered in 2023, should be able to reach Doncaster.

But there are probably other good reasons to fully electrify between Doncaster and Sheffield, via Meadowhall, Rotherham Central and Rotherham Parkgate.

The major work would probably be to update Rotherham Parkgate to a through station with two platforms and a step-free footbridge.

Currently, trains take twenty-three minutes between Rotherham Central and Doncaster. This is a time, that the tram-trains would probably match.

Onward To Doncaster Sheffield Airport

I have clipped this map of services from the report on Sheffield’s plans.

The tram-train route to the Airport is clearly marked in a broken orange line.

  • The tram-train uses a loop from the East Coast Main Line.
  • It shares the loop with expresses between London and Doncaster, that call at the Airport.
  • The tram-train extension from Doncaster to Doncaster Sheffield Airport has new stations at Lakeside, Bessacarr and terminates at a new station at Bawtry.

It looks a well-thought out plan.




July 21, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,


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  2. between Dheffield and Doncaster, would probably be as follows.

    Where’s Dheffield ?

    As for Tram Trains they might provide best solution to expanding electrification and providing links via either street running or segregated tracks between stations through city centres .

    Comment by Melvyn | July 21, 2019 | Reply

    • Near Soncaster.

      Comment by R. Mark Clayton | July 22, 2019 | Reply

      • Don’t you mean Sunny Donny?

        Comment by AnonW | July 22, 2019

  3. Good to here the TRAM/Train has been successful and is being expended.

    I presume they will modify Aldwarke Jn to avoid joining the mainline as i doubt there crash worthiness will allow use with the line speed being 90/100.

    Comment by Mike Fox | July 22, 2019 | Reply

    • I had no doubt they would be successful having ridden their German cousins in Karlsruhe several times. The German one are slightly different and have a seat around the rear end. The driver’s desk folds away. Good for kids of all ages.

      I’ll look at the junction.

      Comment by AnonW | July 22, 2019 | Reply

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