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Plans to extend the Nottingham tram were today given the green light by the Government when Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today that savings have been identified to make the project more affordable. This decision will now allow Nottingham City Council to continue to the next stage of the funding approval for the two extensions which are planned to go to Chilwell/Beeston and Clifton, linking directly into Line One at Nottingham Station.

Norman Baker said:

"Line One of the Nottingham tram has proved to be a great success in encouraging people on to public transport. These proposed extensions provide the opportunity to continue this success, and give people in the south of Nottingham quicker, more convenient access to the city centre, as well as helping to regenerate sections of the city.

"Following the spending review last year, we challenged Nottingham City Council to look again at the cost of the Nottingham light rail extension, to be funded through the Private Finance Initiative, to ensure we get maximum value for every pound we spend.

"The Department has been working closely with the local authority involved to ensure this project is affordable. I am delighted that the Council has risen to the challenge and has identified savings from its original estimated costs.

"By finding savings, I can confirm that we are today allowing this project to move another step forward within our funding approval process."

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 ng2 development site, 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.

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 March 2011

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