The first 80 metres of ‘on-street’ tram track is to be fixed into place in Nottingham, marking a major milestone in the extension of the city’s light rail network.
Work will start in The Meadows this week along the route which will connect the existing network with Chilwell via QMC and Beeston.
NET Phase Two will see Nottingham’s existing tram line from Hucknall and Phoenix Park in the north and north-west, extended to Clifton and Chilwell in the south and south-west of the city.
Work is already underway to install new bridges at Nottingham station and Lenton Lane.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “This is an exciting milestone in the Phase Two project. People will really start to see the tram extension taking shape.
“Building the 17.5km NET extension is a major construction project, therefore it’s easy to underestimate the vast amount of work that has to be done to prepare for the tracks to start being laid.
“The first on-street tracks to be laid are another significant step forward in Nottingham’s ambitions to extend the city’s tram service to Clifton and Chilwell. Not only will the city benefit from one of the best integrated transport networks in the UK, but also from the economic growth with investments in jobs for local people and companies.”
The tram extension is expected to open to the public by the end of next year after a period of testing.