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Nottingham tram extension announcement

Plans to extend the Nottingham tram have moved a step closer as Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander gave 'programme entry' approval to the scheme saying "The Nottingham tram has been a great success in encouraging people onto public transport. These extensions provide the opportunity to continue this success, and give people in the south of Nottingham quicker, more convenient access to the city centre."

'Programme Entry' is DfT's initial approval stage. The next step is for the promoters to seek Transport and Works Act (TWA) powers. If TWA powers are granted, the scheme will be considered for Conditional Approval, which would then allow the scheme to start procurement. Full approval will only be granted following procurement when firm costs are known. The Government's contribution to the extension scheme is capped at GBP437million in PFI credits. In addition, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council will fund GBP141million.

The planned extensions comprise two routes:

  1. The Chilwell and Beeston route would go from the railway station to the south west of the city. It would serve the Meadows residential area, the region's main hospital at the Queens Medical Centre, the University of Nottingham, Beeston town centre and Chilwell, terminating at a new park and ride site serving the A52, close to junction 25 of the M1.
  2. The Clifton route would go from the railway station to the south of the City. It would serve the densely populated residential areas, including the Meadows, Wilford/Ruddington Lane area and the Clifton Estate, terminating at a new park and ride site serving the A453.

25 October 2006

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