A new online learning hub for Tram Trains has been launched by Network Rail, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Stagecoach Supertram.
The hub is hosted by the web-based SharpCloud system and is available free of charge and should benefit future light and heavy rail schemes like the Tram Train scheme in South Yorkshire.
The Tram Train Pilot scheme has been running for 2 years between Sheffield Cathedral and Rotherham Parkgate via Rotherham Central station and has proven very popular. The scheme has scored 96% for user satisfaction in the latest survey carried out by Transport Focus.
Tram Trains use existing infrastructure to enable journeys between light rail trams stops and standard railway stations.
The online learning hub is owned and managed by Network Rail and is the first for Network Rail’s new Light Rail Knowledge Team.
Simon Coulthard, Network Rail’s Head of Light Rail Knowledge & Development, 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.”
Alex, 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.”
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