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A Super Tram System For Sheffield... The Supertram
Member Name: hunnybabyuk
The Sheffield Tram is called Supertram and is ran by Stagecoach Group PLC, who are a major public transport company operating light rail, train, bus & coach services in the UK, Europe & North America. It's ran in co-operation with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).
Supertram is a tram network in Sheffield which first came to light in 1985 when SYPTE started to build the system at a cost of £240m but it wasn't until 1994 when it started opening up in stages right through to 1995. It was originally ran by SYPTE subsidiary South Yorkshire Supertram Ltd and changed over to Stagecoach's hands in 1997.
The train livery was originally rather dull and un-inviting, with a light grey & white colour, then got the 3 Stagecoach colours in lines at the bottom but in 2006 trains received a new, sexier design as part of a multi-million pound investment into the network. The new sexier design is very eye catching with the blue, red & orange Stagecoach colours covering the trains. The trains are brand new, spacious & comfortable, they have great lowfloor easy access for wheelchairs & pushchairs with dedicated areas for these passengers.
The network runs on 3 lines, the Yellow, Blue & Purple. The Yellow line runs from Middlewood to Meadow Hall, the blue runs from Malin Bridge to Halfway and the Purple runs from Herdings Park to Cathedral (continues to Meadow Hall in off-peak hours).
Theres a range of tickets available including single, day & weekly tickets which can be purchased onboard the tram by the conductor, you can also use Explorers, Megariders & Uniriders which are used on Stagecoach buses too. Holders of a South Yorkshire or English National Senior Citizen concessionary pass are entitled to free travel after 09:00AM Monday to Friday and all day Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. Under 5's always travel free. Single tickets are valid for 1 hour from time of purchase for travelling away from the boarding location.
Overall I like the Supertram, it's stunning eye catching colours & livery make it easy to spot & add a great addition to Sheffield, the front dispays it's destination and line colour using bright LED lights which are very clear to see, just like those used on brand new buses. Insides are clean, tidy and brand new with fresh modern decor and bright, airy atmopshere with a great timetable and destinations across the Sheffield area its a great way to get around the area.
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