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Gallery 672: Nottingham Express Transit - May 2017

Bulwell tram stop, looking towards central Nottingham. Both Bulwell and Hucknall lost their rail service when the line between Nottingham and Worksop via Mansfield was closed as part of the infamous Beeching cuts on 12th October 1964, leaving Mansfield with the unenviable position of being the largest town in England without a station. But the double-track line remained open for freight and on 17th May 1993, Beeching's Folly was rectified when the line was reopened to passengers between Nottingham and Mansfield (and later through to Worksop). As the NET tram system was also being constructed at the time to serve Bulwell and Hucknall, utilising part of the heavy rail line, what was originally a double track line is now, at this location and on to Hucknall, two parallel bi-directional single lines with the trams on the westernmost and the heavy rail trains on the east. So from being served only by buses for 29 years, the two towns of Bulwell and Hucknall, now in effect northern suburbs of Nottingham, have not one but TWO rail services, one light, the other heavy. The old Bulwell station was demolished but the present station and tram stop occupy the original site.

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