Light rail experts from across the UK have given a major thumbs up to Nottingham’s newly expanded tram network.
Around 100 members of the Light Rail Transit Association have visited the city for a special tour of the expanded lines to Clifton and Chilwell, which opened for public service in August.
The Association’s Chairman, Andrew Braddock said: “It was great to see the network fully open and it was a tremendously positive experience. All the signs are that it is already a considerable success with evidence of more and more people taking to the tram.
“The construction challenges have been well documented but the fact is that light rail infrastructure projects across the UK are never easy. Nottingham has done it right and we should be pleased to celebrate success particularly in light of some of the magnificent structures which have been built on this project.”
Mr Braddock added: “Trams do change habits and over the coming months you will see more and more people switching from their cars and even buses when they discover just how efficient light rail travel can be.
“Already the number of people using the new park and ride sites is growing by the day and overall members of the Association who made the visit were wholly impressed.”
Phil Hewitt, Executive Chairman of NET concessionaire, Tramlink Nottingham, who hosted the visit, said: “We were delighted to be able to arrange for the LRTA to take a closer look at the project. Their members are people who understand the complexities of the light rail sector and can fully appreciate the scale of what has been achieved here in Nottingham.
“The plan has always been to deliver a world class tram network for the city. The system is still bedding in but we’re very pleased with the way our services are progressing.”
Earlier this month the NET Phase Two scheme was awarded the ‘Project of the Year’ title in the 2015 international light rail awards. It also won the Team of the Year award and Mr Hewitt added: “It was certainly a huge team effort to turn the City Council’s vision into a reality and we are intent on making this a network of which everyone can be proud.”