Stagecoach Supertram serves the city of Sheffield with three light rail routes covering 29km (50% of the system is on street running with mixed traffic). The tram network links five park and ride sites with the city centre and gives easy access to the rail station, shopping areas, both of Sheffield’s prestigious universities, the Cathedral, sports arenas and many new popular entertainment venues.
Supertram is owned by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) and is operated and maintained by Stagecoach.
The Supertram network operates a fleet of 25 trams built by Siemens-Duewag of Dusseldorf, Germany in 1992. The trams are capable of carrying 88 seated and 155 standing passengers and are 40% low floor design, the vehicles have been specially designed for gradients as steep as 10%. From 2006 the trams were refurbished, and a new dedicated Supertram blue–based livery was launched, rolled out by 2008.
A tram-train extension to Rotherham opened in October 2018, supported by a fleet of seven Stadler Citylink Class 399 tram-trains in a UK first. This involves the tram-trains joining the heavy rail infrastructure near Meadowhall, and operating under Network Rail control through to Rotherham Central Station and a new stop at Rotherham Parkgate.