South Yorkshire Tram-Train Project 400% Over Budget
A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) has revealed that the cost of the heavily delayed South Yorkshire tram-train pilot scheme has soared to more than five times its original budget.
Authorised in 2012 for completion by December 2015 at a cost of £15million, the project has been repeatedly delayed by changes to the specification and additional work required. It is now expected to cost £75.1m with the first tram-trains not expected to run to Rotherham Park gate until summer 2018.
Network Rail says that the need to develop bespoke overhead line equipment (OHLE) suitable for 750V DC operation as well as possible later conversion to 25kV AC is responsible for much of the delay and extra cost, with bridges needing greater clearances.
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