Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Notts tram on track after County Council pull-out

Nottingham’s tram network will not suffer from the County Council pulling out of the scheme, the City Council has said.

The £28M of County Council funding has been replaced and the project has not been delayed, said Nottingham City Council spokesman Ioan Reed-Aspley.

“We’re in the bidding process now, everything’s on schedule at the moment,” said Reed-Aspley. He said the hole left by the County Council’s funding contribution would be covered: “The City Council is going to fund it entirely.”

“We had a bidding day and there was a lot of interest, and interest from European companies.”

Ioan Reed-Aspley, Nottingham City Council

That money might come from a number of sources. “It could be that more comes from the workplace parking levy than originally intended,” said Reed-Aspley. The City Council was originally set to contribute £149.5M. With the extra £28M, it will be funding around 25% of the PFI scheme.

The City Council is now taking calls from interested parties. “We had a bidding day and there was a lot of interest, and interest from European companies,” said Reed-Aspley. It is expected that the shortlisted companies to be invited to tender for the works will be known by the end of this year, and the preferred bidder will be selected in December 2010.

Reed-Aspley said the Phase Two project has not suffered from the County Council’s decision to pull out after Conservatives won the county elections – despite concerns during the election campaigns earlier in the year.

Financial commitment

“It was the government conditional approval we were seeking,” he said. “That was the major concern at the time. We thought it might make those processes more difficult, but we convinced them we would take on that financial commitment.”

The major disadvantage coming from the County Council’s decision, he said, is that county residents will not have a say in the project. “The people missing out most are those in the county,” he said. “There will be no political representatives to represent them on the tram board – yet a lot of the routes go into the county area.”

Financial close on the project and full government approval are programmed for August 2011, with construction work due to start in 2011. NET Phase Two will be operational in late 2014.

Readers' comments (1)

  • Horrible, intrusive, inflexible monsters/ destructive route construction. Likely to fail as historical trams unless grossly subsidised and other transport prevented - dictatorship. Bring back (better) trolley buses as in many places around Europe.

    Problem with public transport is links/access to it and waiting/frequency to be economic. Also fare structures. Hop on/off used to be so easy.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.