Another milestone in the construction of Phase Two of Nottingham Express Transit has been reached with the first section of on street track welded into place in The Meadows. Eighty metres of track has been secured into position on Meadows Way along the route which will carry the line to Chilwell via Beeston.
The laying of this first on street track follows swiftly on from 100 metres of off street track being laid in The Greenway near Inham Road, Chilwell where the tram line will cross Inham Road to a new 1300 space Park and Ride site off Toton Lane and a further 120 metres at the Park and Ride site itself. Other recent progress on the project has seen works to install new bridges at Nottingham Station and Lenton Lane well underway, work to widen the Wilford Toll Bridge taking shape and the construction of two Park and Ride sites also progressing.
Cllr Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “This is an exciting milestone in the Phase Two project. People will really start to see the tram extension taking shape. Building the 17.5km NET extension is a major construction project, therefore it’s easy to underestimate the vast amount of work that has to be done to prepare for the tracks to start being laid. The first on-street tracks to be laid are another significant step forward in Nottingham’s ambitions to extend the city’s tram service to Clifton and Chilwell. Not only will the city benefit from one of the best integrated transport networks in the UK, but also from the economic growth with investments in jobs for local people and companies.”
The next few weeks and months will see work to move utility services away from the tram lines completed, road junctions modified and construction of the tramway in Clifton, Beeston and Chilwell, Wilford and Compton Acres, The Meadows and Dunkirk and Lenton. The construction of 28 tram stops will also start in earnest.