Sarah Alton from Nottingham City Council, Matt Orchard from Taylor Woodrow Alston and Trevor Stoker from Nottingham Trams Limited gave an update on the tram scheme at the Beeston & District Civic Society open meeting at John Clifford School on 14th March 2014.
View the Evenings Presentation Here [PDF, 4.2mb]
Sarah first outlined progress to date and explained the project structure. There followed an overview of why the tram went ahead – to create investment and regeneration and cut congestion. It was claimed that one tram is equivalent to 3 buses or 177 cars. NET Line 1 in the north of the city is reporting excellent feedback from customers.
Progress to date was outlined. 90% of utilities have been moved, nearly 14,000 metres of track has been installed (at Jan 2014), and all bridges are in position. It is expected that the first trams will be tested over Nottingham Station in late Spring and progressive tram testing will follow on the new lines. There was also some detailed information shared about ticket purchasing, fares, park and ride arrangements and travel times.
There have been some interesting archaeological finds during construction – a Bronze Age burial mound at the Clifton Park and Ride site and the first evidence of a Roman settlement at Lenton.
The meeting was open to public questions and topics included tree planting (100+ trees will be planted over the next few months), pavements, frequency and interchange of tram lines.
See the presentation from the talk – NET BeestonCivicSociety Presentation 14 March 2014 [PDF, 4.2mb]
For more information on the Tram, see the NET website.