14 May 2012

In an effort to share best practice, senior executives from Melbourne traveled to the East Midlands to swap ideas and discuss ways of enhancing services, both in Nottingham and ‘down under’.

Nottingham’s tram network has won praise from the operators of the world’s largest - and one of the most famous - urban transport networks.

The trams in Melbourne have become one of the Australian city’s leading tourist attractions, as well as providing a vital service to residents and visitors.

In an effort to share best practice, senior executives from Melbourne travelled to the East Midlands to swap ideas and discuss ways of enhancing services, both in Nottingham and ‘down under’.

During their visit to tram operator NET, they took a tour of the organisation’s depot and control centre and made favourable comments about many aspects of the operation.

Neil Wood, NET General Manager, explained: “They were particularly impressed by the cleanliness of our trams and the fact they have full low-floor accessibility.

“We also discussed a range of initiatives to further improve tram travel, including smart-card technology, which we hope to introduce next year.”

The tram system in Melbourne is run by Yarra Trams, which is part of the Keolis Group, a worldwide leader in tram operations. A member of the Tramlink Nottingham consortium, Keolis is also a key partner in the subsidiary which operates NET.

“Yarra Trams is roughly 20 times larger than NET, operating more than 250 km of double track, but it is very encouraging that they believe they can learn from what we are doing here in Nottingham,” Neil added.