Work has begun on constructing a new bridge over Nottingham railway station which will carry Phase Two of Nottingham Express Transit to Clifton via Wilford and Chilwell via Beeston. The first stage of work – which will see a pier constructed on Station Street to support the bridge – started on Tuesday 10th April.
It is planned that three interconnecting bridges will be built over Station Street, Nottingham railway station and Queens Road respectively so that trams will able to travel between the current terminus Station Street over the railway station and down onto Crocus Street in The Meadows.
Speaking about the start of this work, Cllr Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning
and Transportation on the City Council, said: “It’s hugely exciting that just a few months after signing the contracts to extend the tram system, the contractor is already embarking on such a significant piece of work. This work is also a timely reminder of why the City has taken the bold step of being the first city in the UK to introduce the Workplace Parking Levy, which is helping to fund both the extensions to the NET system and the redevelopment of Nottingham Station, to transform the station into a modern transport interchange befitting of a city of Nottingham’s size and stature. NET Phase Two is already generating jobs and construction work opportunities for local companies, and will help to stimulate the local economy to generate long term employment growth, inward investment and regeneration which we know building new tram lines brings.”
To enable this work to take place safely part of Station Street – between Trent Street and Carrington Street – will become one way heading westbound. This restriction will remain in place until late 2013.
NET Phase Two is planned to be in operation by 2014.