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Nottingham tram hit by points delay

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LATE DELIVERY of track infrastructure has led to parts of Nottingham's £200M flagship tram scheme slipping weeks behind schedule, the project's contractors confirmed this week.

Subcontractor Grant Rail has missed deadlines for supplying points to the privately financed Arrow construction consortium.

This has put on-street track work back by 12 weeks, according to one project source.

The delay increases pressure on the consortium of contractor Carillion, train manufacturer Bombardier, bus and tram integration consultant Transdev and local bus operator Nottingham City Transport. They face 'substantial' liquidated damages for every day of delay after the programmed start date of 11 November 2003.

Delays to construction are on the 4km on-street section through Nottingham city centre.

'Switches and crossings delivery has affected the start of track laying, ' said Arrow Light Rail general manager Keith Sargeant.

However the group is confident it can get the project back on schedule.

INFOPLUS www. nottinghamexpresstransit.com

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