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2012 - 2015: Expanding Nottingham's Tram Network

Beeston tram Chilwell tram Clifton tram QMC tram Wilford tram

The multi-million pound project to extend Nottingham’s tram service to the south and south west of the city to Chilwell via the QMC, Beeston and Clifton via Wilford and directly link with train services.

Track construction commenced at the start of 2013 and was completed with the opening of the new lines on the 25th August 2015. The project has seen iconic landmark bridges, including at Nottingham Station, off Lenton Lane and over the A52 appearing on the city’s skyline.

Phase Two is the region’s biggest construction project and builds on the success of Nottingham Express Transit’s (NET) Line One from Hucknall and Phoenix Park into the city centre. Patronage on Line One is can cater for up to 10 million passengers a year.
The extension, which opened on the 25th August 2015 will see tram services extended to the South and Southwest of the city, will more than double the size of the existing tram line, with 17.5km of new track and 28 new stops.
Construction work was undertaken by Taylor Woodrow Alstom, a joint venture on behalf of Tramlink Nottingham, the NET concession holder appointed by Nottingham City Council.
The extended tram network consists of 51 tram stops, and links directly with the existing NET Line One at Nottingham Station. The total tram network is 32km in length, serves seven park and ride sites and provides up to 23 million passenger journeys a year. 

Take a look at how the project progressed via the NET Phase Two time lapse video
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Key benefits
  • 16 services per hour in each direction on the city centre section
  • Almost 30% of the population of Greater Nottingham and 20 of the 30 largest employers in the city will be within 800 metres of a tram stop
  • Up to £300 million boost to the local economy
  • Up to 8,000 jobs created locally
  • New areas of open space for the public to enjoy
  • New ticket machines at tram stops and new state-of-the-art trams, designed to carry up to 200 people
  • Up to three million car journeys taken off the road, reducing congestion  
  • A first-class transport interchange at the £60m redeveloped Nottingham Station, allowing people to transfer directly to trains and buses from late 2014
  • 5,400 tram-based parking spaces at seven park and ride sites
  • Improved integration with Greater Nottingham’s road, rail and bus networks