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Minister over-ruled officials’ advice to axe tram-train pilot

TRAM-TRAIN

Andrew Forster
07 July 2017
One of the seven tram-trains manufactured by Vossloh
One of the seven tram-trains manufactured by Vossloh

 

DfT officials recommended cancelling the South Yorkshire tram-train trial last year as costs ballooned, but they were overruled by rail minister Paul Maynard, a National Audit Office investigation has revealed. 

The trial of tram-train vehicles running on-street and over heavy rail lines between Sheffield and Rotherham was announced by the DfT in 2012. The DfTwanted to test operational issues and develop new industry standards.

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