Why Leeds should embrace the Sheffield and Rotherham tram-train – Yorkshire Post letters

From: Paul Brown, Bents Green Road, Sheffield.

Could the Rotherham tram-train service be the answer to the lack of a light rail system in Leeds? One reader thinks so.

THE Rotherham tram-train is a possible prototype for a new transit system for other locations.

Placed in the context of Leeds, it would run as a street tramway in the city centre but divert to run on or alongside existing 
rail lines through congested inner city areas and return to being a street tramway in suburban shopping centres, housing estates and park and ride car parking areas.

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The tram-train from 
Sheffield Cathedral takes a route alongside roads or behind industrial estates to a point 
near the Tinsley motorway viaduct.

At Tinsley, the tram halts briefly so as to engage with the railway signalling system before continuing to Rotherham on the same tracks as local passenger trains.

This is a British version of a system which was introduced some years ago in Germany 
and the South Yorkshire experiment has proved that it works successfully, the 
only remaining question 
being if it would be worthwhile 
to extend it to a terminus 
in the shopping centre at Mexborough.