Government provides support package for South Yorks Supertram system

Dan Jarvis

The government has provided a support package to ensure the Supertram system in South Yorkshire can continue to run for key workers during the pandemic.

The package was secured by Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region (SCR), who has been pressing Government Ministers since the start of the pandemic to ensure tram and light rail have the support they need to continue running.

“I’ve been working around the clock to ensure that South Yorkshire has the resources it needs to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic. Earlier this month I took action and extended concessionary payments and agreed a substantial package of support for bus operators,” he said.

“This meant that essential services could continue running for key workers, but also provided certainty to our transport system so normal services can resume when travel restrictions are lifted.

“However, there remained a gap in support for Supertram and I have been in close contact with Government Ministers to address this. I am pleased they have listened and have acted. The funding will be welcome news for passengers.

“Securing this funding for Supertram will help ease the financial strain during the crisis, allow essential journeys to continue and keep NHS staff and key workers moving during this critical time, particularly to Sheffield’s hospitals.”