23 October 2014

One of Nottingham’s new Citadis trams has been named after one of the city’s leading champions.

Jim Taylor, who died earlier this year, was one of the driving forces behind the introduction of trams to Nottingham.

The city’s former Director of Development was also founder of the Invest in Nottingham Club and helped to transform the city centre by securing government money for Operation Clean-Up.

When the decline of the lace and textile industries put the Lace Market under threat, he recognised the importance of the area to the city's architectural heritage and led its revival as a prime location for offices and apartments.

His widow, Sue Taylor, said the naming of the tram after her husband would have meant a great deal to him.

"It is a comfort to us to know that Jim's name will be attached to a tram for years to come. The family is very proud that Jim is being remembered for something so close to his heart,” she said.

The tram was named shortly before a party from Nottingham's twin city of Karlsruhe joined the first passengers to cross onto the imposing new bridge over Nottingham Station. They also performed the official naming of the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge.

Jim Taylor also played a leading role in developing links between Nottingham and Karlsruhe. He is the latest in a line of Nottingham personalities who have had trams named after them. Legendary characters and local heroes such as Robin Hood, Brian Clough, Torvill and Dean, and volunteer Homestart heroine Mavis Worthington have all had trams carry their name.

More recently one was named after boxer Carl Froch, and there are plans to name all 22 of the city’s new Citadis trams over coming months.