The tram operates across Nottingham and to nearby towns. Nottingham’s tram network could be set for a new extension after land was set aside as part of a new development on the outskirts of the city.
The new £750 million Fairham Pastures development, which will be built between the A453 and south of Clifton, is thought to be the biggest of its kind currently being planned for in the Midlands.
When complete, it will include 3,000 homes, shops, restaurants, schools and a new park, creating about 2,500 jobs in the process, Nottinghamshire Live reports.
Now, it has been confirmed a corridor of land has been formally ‘safeguarded’ within the 606-acre site.
The Fairham Pastures scheme has been approved in principle by the Conservative-controlled Rushcliffe Borough Council, but exact details of how it will look have not yet been decided.
Labour-run Nottingham City Council, on behalf of Nottingham Express Transport (which runs the trams) asked for a condition be made so that housebuilding cannot start until land for the tram has been formally set aside.
This has now been accepted by the borough council, which makes this the most advanced of any of the long list of proposed extensions which have been put forward in recent years.
Last year, the city council agreed to spend £200,000 on a feasibility study to look at extensions, with the Clifton one taking priority.
Other extensions proposed include from the Toton park and ride to the new proposed High Speed 2 railway station – also at Toton – which is currently expected to be finished in 2033.
Other suggested routes over the years have included an extension to East Midlands Airport and the new rail hub, which is nearby.