Overhead fault at Basford on NET causes service disruption

This article has been updated on Thursday 12th August.

There has been major disruption on Nottingham Express Transit during Wednesday 11th August after an overhead line fault was discovered close to Basford tramstop on the line to Hucknall and Phoenix Park. The fault was first reported just before 1100 and at the time of writing has not been repaired.

When the fault was first reported there were no trams running between Bulwell and Old Market Square although after initial investigations services did resume between Old Market Square and The Forest. Services have been running:

Hucknall to Bulwell

Clifton South to The Forest

Toton Lane to The Forest

No trams have been running to Phoenix Park or between Bulwell and The Forest. To help passengers completed their journeys ticket acceptance was put in place with both local bus and train services. A dedicated shuttle bus service also ran from Bulwell Bus Station to The Forest although this was unable to run between 1630 and 1930.

As is often the case with overhead problems on UK tram networks no details have been given of what the actual fault is and there is no estimate for a return of normal services.

Update 12th August @ 1700: Services remain disrupted on Nottingham Express Transit with no trams able to run via Basford still. It has now become apparent that a section of overhead was brought down by a tram shortly before 1100 on Wednesday 11th August with the tram suffering damage to its pantograph as well. This is similar to one of the recent incidents in Sheffield. NET did announce earlier today that service has resumed but less than half an hour later there was another message to say there were further overhead problems and trams would continue to operate to the revised service pattern.

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