Nottingham’s tram network will help to add even more colour to celebrations marking the arrival of the Olympic torch in the city.
A specially decorated tram will be one of many attractions on Thursday, June 28 and its eye-catching design will promote Game On, a programme of local events and activities to mark the 2012 Games.
The festivities kick off with the arrival of the torch relay in the city centre and thousands of people are expected to turn out and cheer the bearers as they blaze a trail to a carnival event in Old Market Square.
To make way for the celebrations, a temporary tram timetable will be in operation. Between 4.00pm and 8.00pm services from Hucknall and Phoenix Park terminate at Royal Centre, where the specially wrapped tram will be stationed. Old Market Square, Lace Market and Station Street tram stops will be temporarily closed.
According to Florian Le Loroux, Marketing Manager at NET, the service offers the most reliable way into the city to witness the historic occasion.
“With huge crowds descending on the area, parking in the city centre will be at a premium and anyone travelling by car can expect significant delays, with dozens of road closures,” he explained.
“It’s easy to avoid any hold-ups by hopping on a tram and anyone wanting to sample the Olympic atmosphere will find it can take them quickly and comfortably to the heart of the celebrations.
“What’s more, our special 5 for £5 Family Ticket will also be available on the day to help make this an affordable, as well as memorable, occasion.”
The ticket offers one or two adults with up to three children unlimited journeys for just £5.
Following the torch’s visit to the city centre, normal services will resume from 8.00pm to all stops, including Old Market Square, Lace Market and Station Street.