The Rotherham train tram – staying in the depot until next year
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This is the new Sheffield to Rotherham tram train. It should have been in service over a year ago. Instead it is going nowhere. It is one of seven train trams confined to a depot and won’t go into service until next May at the earliest.
As a taxpayer you are paying the private rail and bus company Stagecoach £2.5m compensation for a service it can’t run because Network Rail haven’t completed the job on time.
But the £2.5m is small beer to another much bigger bill you are paying Network Rail to adapt a route both extending tram tracks and using a disused railway track to create the new service from Sheffield to Rotherham.
That bill is now nearly five times what was originally estimated -it has gone from £18.7 m to £75.1m…
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