Sarah Champion MP Calls on Government to ensure Rotherham – Sheffield Tram-Train service is completed as scheduled

Sarah Champion, Member of Parliament for Rotherham, has urged the Government to ensure that the launch of the Rotherham – Sheffield tram-train link is not further delayed by the collapse of Carillion. Carillion, which has today begun liquidation, was the primary construction contractor on the project.

The tram-train link was initially scheduled for completion in March 2016 but a series of delays have seen the expected completion date slip to May 2018. The project’s costs have ballooned by 400% and it was the subject of severe criticism by the Public Accounts Committee, with the Chair branding it a ‘how not to’ seminar for civil servants.

Sarah has written to the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, seeking reassurance that the collapse will not lead to further delays.

Commenting on the project, Sarah said:

“The delivery of the tram – train link has been disastrous from start to finish. With repeated failures to meet deadlines and costs having quadrupled, the scheme now faces further uncertainty with the collapse of its main construction contractor.’

‘Carillion’s collapse is yet another blow to the delivery of the project and the Government must provide reassurance that it will not result in further delays in service starting operation.”

Sarah continued:

“Carillion’s collapse is of course deeply worrying for its’ thousands of employees, many of whom are based in South Yorkshire. The Government needs to be prepared to bring public contracts back into state control and act quickly to provide reassurances to Carillion’s workers.”

Matthew Trueman