26 March 2012

Nearly 1,700 people living and working in areas where two new tramlines are to be built have attended a series of drop in sessions.

Nottingham City Council organised the sessions so that those living and working along the two new tram lines to Clifton and Chilwell (NET Phase Two) would be able to find out more about the project and the future works in each area. It was also an opportunity for people to ask questions of members of the Council's NET Project Team, Tramlink Nottingham, the new concessionaire responsible for building and operating the extended tram network, and its contractor, the Taylor Woodrow Alstom Joint Venture, which is carrying out the construction works.

Chris Deas, Nottingham City Council's Project Director, said: "We would like to thank all those people who took time to attend this round of drop-in sessions. We will host future information events at key stages as Phase Two, the project to extend Nottingham's tram system, develops and will of course continue to liaise with people and businesses directly affected by the works.

"Not only were the sessions a good opportunity for people to find out more about the project and to have their questions answered by those involved, it was also an opportunity for the project teams to gather information from local people and businesses, which will help us to finalise designs and confirm our construction approach.

Martin Carroll, the Taylor Woodrow Alstom Joint Venture Project Director, said: "The drop-in sessions were extremely useful and worthwhile to help people better understand our construction programme and they are only the start of what will be a very active community liaison process.

"Of course this is an extensive project but we are working hard to minimise disruption as far as possible and there were a number of useful practical suggestions made at the events which we are looking into as construction works move forward in earnest."

Site clearance works, ahead of the main construction activity for the two new tramlines, started in certain areas along the new routes in January 2012.