Modification of the rail network for the UK’s first tram-train project has run five times over budget, a public spending watchdog has found.
Network Rail’s work in South Yorkshire will cost £75.1m compared with an initial estimate of £15m when the Sheffield-Rotherham scheme was first approved in 2012, according to the National Audit Office (NAO).
Sheffield-Rotherham tram-train scheme costs rise to £75m
The UK’s first tram-train scheme will cost five times more than planned, the National Audit Office has said.
The pilot project will enable trams to run on existing train tracks between Sheffield and Rotherham as well as on tram lines on the city streets.
The scheme, originally due to cost £15m will now cost £75m and not be complete until May 2018 – nearly three years overdue.