17 July 2012

The expansion of Nottingham’s tram system to Beeston and Chilwell sees work start on A6005 Abbey Street from Saturday (7th July).

The work, which will involve moving water connections, sewer mains and electricity services from out of the way of the new tram lines, will take place where the A6005 Abbey Street / Abbey Bridge meets Gregory Street in the Lenton area.

The extension of the NET tram system through Lenton to Beeston and Chilwell will mean that tram passengers will be directly linked to Nottingham’s main hospital campus at the Queens Medical Centre, which will be a short tram ride from the heart of the city centre, and accessible from the current tram system from Hucknall and Phoenix Park, and from a further tram route to Wilford and Clifton, which is currently being developed.

The new extended tram network, which is generating construction work opportunities for local companies and people, and will help to stimulate the local economy to generate long term employment growth, inward investment and regeneration, is expected to be completed by late 2014.

To coordinate the move of all of the different utility services at the Abbey Street / Gregory Street junction, which is known locally as the White Hart Junction, various temporary traffic arrangements will come into effect from Saturday 7th July.

Over the weekends of the 7th - 8th July and14 th-15th July, work will take place to remove refuges and create extra space needed so that the main utility works can take place. The restrictions on the above weekends will involve:

  • Lane closures and temporary traffic lights on the A6005 Abbey Bridge / Abbey Street at its junction with Gregory Street.
  • Gregory Street will be closed to traffic in both directions from the Abbey Street / Abbey Bridge junction.
The main works to move the utility services will take place from Monday 9th July and the following temporary traffic arrangements are likely to be in place for approximately 12 months. These restrictions will involve:
  • No access into Gregory Street North and Gregory Street South from the White Hart Junction.
  • Lane restrictions on the Abbey Street and Abbey Bridge approaches to the junction.
Once the utility services are moved from out of the route of the new tram at the junction, new tram tracks can be laid.

Martin Carroll, Project Director for the tram construction contractor, Taylor Woodrow Alstom, said: “We recognise that Abbey Street / Abbey Bridge is a very busy through-route for traffic from the southwest heading in and out of the city, and we will do all that we can to minimise disruption while these works will take place, but motorists who travel through the area are advised to allow extra time, or, where possible, consider utilising alternative routes.”

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, said:

“Extending the tram system to serve the region’s main hospital at the Queen’s Medical Centre will create a vital public transport link. Not only will passengers be linked to the site from Nottingham City Centre, and from the current tram line, but there will also be opportunities for people travelling from further-a-field to access the hospital from two new Park & Ride sites which are being created close to junctions’ 24 and 25 of the M1, and for rail passengers from Nottingham Station.

“By creating a tram network we are providing real alternatives for people who currently travel by car. The extended system will link people to key employment sites, create jobs both directly and indirectly and spark regeneration. All of which are key ingredients to see our city get through what is nationally highly constrained financial times.”