Transport minister Norman Baker yesterday announced that the Department for Transport would providing £371M of funding to enable work to extend the Nottingham Tram to begin in January.
The two extensions — to Chilwell/Beeston and Clifton — will total 17.5km and will link directly into Line One at Nottingham station, itself the subject of a £67M redevelopment project. It is planned that passenger services across the whole of the expanded tram network will be fully operational by the end of 2014.
A 23 year concession contract has now been formally awarded to the Tramlink Nottingham consortium, which was originally announced as preferred bidder in March and comprises Vinci Construction UK, Alstom, Keolis and local bus operator owner Wellglade, as well as Meridiam and OFI Infravia as financial investors.
“This good news follows on from the Government’s recent announcement to fund the widening of the A453, which will feed into a 1,000 space NET Park & Ride site on the edge of Clifton further speeding up people’s journeys between the M1 and Nottingham,” said Baker.
“After 10 years in planning and development … our ambitious proposals to add two more lines to our tram network will now be realised,” said Nottingham City Council portfolio holder for planning and transportation councillor Jane Urquhart.