Councillor Jane Urquhart helps to weld the final piece of tram track in place which links our existing tramline with two new lines to Chilwell and Clifton.
Overhead cables are being put in place on the new tram bridge over Nottingham’s train station. Since the beginning of the construction over £125 million worth of contracts have now been awarded to local companies working on Nottingham’s tram expansion project.
A series of new deals has pushed the figure past what the council are calling a ‘key milestone’ as the tramway extension enters its final construction phase.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, attended the site of the weld gear which seals the connection between the current network and the new lines crossing the 104m steel girder bridge over Nottingham Station.
“This does feel as if we are approaching a memorable moment in the history of this vast project to more than double the size of the city’s tram network and create a world-class public transport hub, integrating trams, trains, buses, taxis and cyclists,” said Councillor Urquhart.
The bridge – which reaches over Station Street and the station itself – forms part of the extension to the city’s tram network, which is set to be completed late this year.
The feature is 14.5 metres wide and weighs more than 1000 tonnes. It connects to two smaller bridges over Station Street and Queen’s Road, carrying twin tram tacks withpublic walkways on either side.
The city’s new lines will reach as far as Clifton and Chilwell and will be completed by Winter 2014.