Advantages fast, reliable, safe, cheap, near everything
Disadvantages some routes illogical and impactical.
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The Sheffield Supertram:- The easiest way to the City Centre and Beyond...The Routes...
The trams are always very clean and very comfortable, with the exception of rush hour when comfort is not heard of. Though some trams are old the trams are all in good condition with minimal damage, unlike trains and buses in the area. There are currently two main types of tram, one lot that are being refurbished and currently have not been done, and those that have already been refurbished. Those unrefurbished sport greyish seat coverings with green and purple support bars and hold rails. They have "roller" destination displays to the front and rear of the tram and sport white livery with blue, orange and red stripes. These are comfortable, but not as aesthetically pleasing as those that have been refurbished. Those that have been refurbished sport blue and yellow seat upholstry, and blue and yellow support bars and rails. There are LED display screens on the front and rear of the trams and inside the tram to show the next stop, and whether the tram is stopping, as you must place a request to stop at each stop and the trams do not stop automatically. They sport blue livery with orange doors, and orange and red highlights to the front and rear. I do believe that the first of the trams to be refurbished had its colours the opposite way around to this so that red was the main colour but I can not be entirely sure. These trams are light and airy and extremely comfortable to travel on. All trams have three carriages, with the middle carriage higher than the other too and the front of the front carriage and back of the rear carriage also being raised. The doors are located only in the front and back carriages, four sets of doors in each, two on each side. The middle carriage has no doors. each tram seats 80 people and also has room for two groups of travellers with wheelchairs as well as this. This makes travelling very good for wheel chair users.
The staff are very friendly, and normally extremely helpful. They are sometimes unable to deal with some situations however I have known trams to be held up by a member os staff calling for a security gaurd on the tram to deal with groups of non-cooperative people. The only major complaint I have with staff is that sometimes, especially during rush hour ticket inspectors will tend to board trams, mainly boarding at Nunnery Square park and ride on the yellow and purple routes. Although they are generally friendly it can be very demoralising if you have no ticket as the conductor of the tram has not been able to give you a ticket as the tram was so full he/she had not reached you yet. This is very intimidating and can cause some problems, though generally they are understanding and will sell you a ticket, it is just often quite downgrading, as I am sure you will be able to understand.
If you are travelling and getting a single the maximum fare is £1.80, however a dayrider is available for only £2.70 meaning that you can travel all day on the trams, which comes in especially handy for visitors to the area. Children and OAPs can use passes to pay only 40p for one single way journey which is very useful, however full price has to be paid if you are without your pass, which is only fair. The disabled have a pass allowing them to travel for free which is also very god.
I hope that you have found this review helpful and in conclusion would like to say that the SuperTram is by far the easiest way ro get around Sheffield without the hassle of driving.
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