Melbourne tram bosses visit Nottingham to share knowledge

Senior executives from the Melbourne tram network have recently visited Nottingham to
swap ideas and discuss ways of enhancing services on both networks. Whilst in the UK the executives also praised Nottingham Express Transit for the cleanliness of their trams and the fact that they are all fully accessible.

The tram system in Melbourne is run by Yarra Trams, part of the Keolis Group who are a key member of the Nottingham Tramlink consortium. The idea behind the trip was so that ideas could be shared from one of the world’s largest tram systems to help make Nottingham Express Transit an even more successful operation.

Neil Wood, General Manger of NET, said: “They were particularly impressed by the cleanliness of our trams and the fact they have full low-floor accessibility. We also discussed a range of initiatives to further improve tram travel, including smart-card technology, which we hope to introduce next year. Yarra Trams is roughly 20 times larger than NET, operating more than 250 km of double track, but it is very encouraging that they believe they can learn from what we are doing here in Nottingham.”

As part of the visit the executives from Melbourne took a tour of NET’s depot and control centre.

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