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First Citylink Tram Train Goes into Passenger Operation

posted 13 Sep 2017, 06:38 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Sep 2017, 06:38 ]
The Tram Train project team will be joined by representatives from Sheffield Children’s Hospital this week for the introduction of the first Citylink Tram Train into passenger service. 

Passengers in South Yorkshire will be the first in Great Britain to travel on the innovative tram vehicle when it goes into operation from Meadowhall, on its inaugural journey across the Supertram network, on Thursday 14 September. The vehicle, designed to run on both city tramlines and the main rail network, will initially be used to support the existing tram service across the network until the new tram train route to Rotherham is opened in 2018.  
To celebrate the occasion, Stagecoach Supertram and South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) will be naming the first tram after The Children's Hospital Charity’s mascot, Theo. The hospital’s Chief Executive Officer, John Somers will accompany Theo to a naming ceremony at Stagecoach’s depot at Nunnery Square, before the tram continues to Meadowhall. They will all be joined by Transport Minister Paul Maynard MP. 
On this occasion, passengers will be invited to make a donation to the charity rather than paying a fare.
The tram will also be in service on Sunday 17 September as a special charity service with Supertram staff collecting donations for The Children's Hospital Charity once again. Three of South Yorkshire’s seven new Citylink vehicles will be used in the regular Supertram timetable from October, following a progressive introduction.
Tram Train passenger services are expected to run from Sheffield to Rotherham from 2018, once rail infrastructure work, testing and driver training is complete.