Dan Jarvis, Mayor of Sheffield, has secured a further £1 million to maintain public transport services in the city region.
Earlier this month, Jarvis secured a £10 million funding package to support bus services for key workers – and also safeguard services for when the lockdown is relaxed.
The additional £1 million will be used to secure Supertram services.
Jarvis said: “Public transport has proved invaluable during the Coronavirus pandemic to ensure key workers are able to get to work, as well as ensuring safe passage for those conducting essential journeys.
“I’ve been working closely with the Government as well as the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and operators of bus, tram and rail services, to plan what public transport services could look like once lockdown restrictions are eased.”
Tim Bilby, managing director of Stagecoach Supertram, said: “Supertram is a critical part of South Yorkshire’s public transport network – even more so during the pandemic – and this funding will ensure the current emergency tram network can continue to provide vital connections for key workers and other essential journeys.
“Supertram will also have a key part to play in the region’s recovery when we do come through this difficult period. It will be vital that the system has the resources it needs to seek to restore the service towards pre-pandemic levels when there will likely still be conditions which will change how people live and travel.”