23 January 2012

Transport Minister, Norman Baker MP visited Nottingham on Wednesday 18th January to congratulate the city on securing NET Phase Two.

During his visit, the Minister talked about the economic growth, inward investment and job creation that the NET Phase Two project will bring to the local economy. NET Phase Two is the project to build lines Two and Three of Nottingham’s tram network to Clifton via Wilford and Chilwell via Beeston

The project to extend Nottingham’s tram system was given final Government sign-off in mid-December 2011, when a contract to build and operate the extended network was awarded by Nottingham City Council to Tramlink Nottingham.

Construction activity started earlier this month and services on the new lines are planned to start in late 2014.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, the scheme’s promoter, said: “I am delighted to welcome Norman Baker MP back to Nottingham to celebrate the city’s achievement in bringing the multi-million NET Phase Two project to Nottingham in these constrained economic times.

“The event will be a triple celebration as the city is also celebrating the Government giving the green light to the widening of the A453 and the improvement of Nottingham’s Ring Road.”

Transport Minister Norman Baker MP, said: “We know that trams in Nottingham are already very widely used and this extension will ensure that they continue to be an increasingly important part of the lifeblood of the city – providing a sustainable alternative to having to take your car into the city centre.

“The extension – supported by up to £371m of Government funding - will hit the two key government targets of cutting carbon and creating growth.

“This good news follows on from the Government’s recent announcement to fund the widening of the A453 and the £16m improvements to the City’s ring road and the multi-million pound improvements to the railway station.”

Tramlink Nottingham’s Chairman, Roger Harrison said: “After a lengthy bidding process we are delighted that we can now get to work on delivering this exciting project. It will turn the successful NET Line One into a major cross-city network and it will bring significant economic benefits to the city, especially during the construction project as it moves forward over the next few years.”

NET Phase Two will:

  • Generate construction work opportunities for local companies and people, and also stimulate the local economy to generate long term employment growth of up to 8,000 jobs which could boost the local economy by around £390m per year.
  • Provide access to about 1270 City workplaces (to which about 55,000 employees commute), and to a further 600 workplaces in Beeston/Chilwell.
  • Serve 20 of the 30 largest employers in Greater Nottingham, including the University of Nottingham and the Queens Medical Centre, who will be within 800m of a tram stop.
  • Help to create a first class transport interchange (‘the Hub’), at Nottingham Railway Station, which itself is receiving a £64 million redevelopment so that people can interchange between trams, trains, cycling, walking, taxis and cars.