Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield tram-train service resumes after launch day crash

Tram-train collision with lorry
Image caption Passengers said the tram-train was travelling at about 20mph

The UK's first hybrid tram-train service in Sheffield has restarted after it was involved in a crash on its first day of service.

The vehicle was derailed in a collision with a lorry on Staniforth Road, Attercliffe, on Thursday afternoon.

An investigation has been started by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch.

Tram-train operator Stagecoach said services had started running again, but asked people to allow time for a normal timetable to resume.

Some roads around the crash site were closed for several hours as a result.

The service, which runs on both the rail network and tram tracks between Sheffield and Rotherham, was due to begin running two years ago and has faced criticism after costs spiralled from £15m to £75m.

Depending on its success, the tram-train service could continue running after the end of a two-year trial.

Image caption Maintenance workers are replacing the track

The government-funded project, which was approved in 2012 and is run by Network Rail, aims to test the costs and "operational issues" of the tram-train technology with a view to it being rolled out elsewhere.

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