At last, some official notification that the tram project is delayed.

Check through my archives and you’ll see this has been predicted for a while, yet I’ve never been legally able to say it as fact. I know, you know, anyone with eyes knows that the tram is not going to be completed on time. Broxtowe Borough Council last week gave their opinion that the tramworks would never be open on-time: Beestonian’s were not exactly surprised as, despite some very immediate and positive completions of late Beeston still has huge areas of non-completion that will be ready for any significant period of snagging.

I was leaked this earlier, but haven’t had time to totally assess it’s impact. I imagine it will be significant. 


“Nottingham City Council is calling on Tramlink Nottingham, the concessionaire which is building and will operate the NET tram extensions, to open up parts of the new tram routes to Clifton and Chilwell, known as NET Phase Two, as soon as possible.

 This follows the announcement by Tramlink’s contractor, Taylor Woodrow Alstom, that although the most disruptive construction works will be substantially complete by the end of the summer, the new tramlines won’t fully open to the public until the first part of 2015.

 Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation, said: “I’m pleased that Taylor Woodrow Alstom has reaffirmed that the major construction works which have been disruptive to traffic and local communities, will be completed by the end of the summer. It is however disappointing that they have confirmed that they will not be able to fully open tram services to Clifton and Chilwell to the public in December 2014.”

 “We acknowledge that once construction works are substantially completed, the next stage of the project, which involves testing and establishing the operational arrangements along the new routes, is a complex process which the contractor was planning to complete during December, but they have now informed us that the testing programme is likely to go beyond this point. The most important thing is that the new lines, and the associated improvements to the public realm around the new lines, open only after they have been rigorously tested to ensure that they are safe, and that the works are completed to the highest possible standard.“

 Councillor Urquhart went on to add: “We will work hard with the contractor to help them to complete the remaining works as swiftly as possible and to open the new lines as soon as they can, and we are now keen that Tramlink Nottingham explores whether they are able to open up parts of the expanded routes to the public sooner, rather than waiting for testing and commissioning to be completed along the entire system before opening it up to the public.

 “All the financial risk in the NET contract is placed with the concessionaire and its contractors, so the council will not pay additional costs in relation to the completion of the tram project. Together with Nottinghamshire County Council, we will of course continue to provide discretionary financial support to businesses which goes beyond the national land compensation requirements. It is important to reflect that the construction of NET Phase Two has led to hundreds of jobs being created for local people and millions of pounds worth of contracts being let to Greater Nottingham firms, with around 50% of the 1,500 strong workforce coming from the area and £86m worth of contracts awarded to local businesses.

 “It is pleasing that Taylor Woodrow Alstom has expressed the view that the delay will only be slight. Given the scale and complexity of the project, and some of the typical delays experienced in the opening of other UK systems, such as in Edinburgh, this is a relatively short delay.

 “An expanded tram network will help to attract inward investment and jobs to the city and to the areas like Beeston and Chilwell where the tram will run, and will provide regeneration opportunities along its entire route. It’s particularly pleasing to see that the start of these opportunities is already beginning even before public services start, with Beeston Town Centre attracting new retailers, benefiting from its highest ever footfall figures in the town in May, and the news only this week that the Queen’s Medical Centre – which will be the UK’s first hospital to be directly served by tram services – is planning a £10m development on its site to incorporate a brand new public entrance into the hospital where the new QMC tram stop is located.”


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9 thoughts on “EXCLUSIVE TRAM NEWS.

  1. Chris Smith says:

    I remain unclear why this project is allowed to be so woolly and not agree a final completion date. All we are told is sometime in Q1 2015. Its getting desperate if we are now measuring against the Edinburgh project.

  2. Joan says:

    This is very different from Edinburgh – That was 6 years late and nearly 200 million over budget. The completion date for NET phase 2 was 14 December 2014. It looks from what is said that part of the new lines might even be ready by then and the rest in early 2015. The contractors pay for any overrun.

    • Rylander says:

      Joan – I think you will find that it is us locals who have paid over the last year n a half with road misery, and we will continue to do so.
      I would think that the contractors are still making a tidy profit from it all.
      However – I am still in favour of the trolley bus PROVIDING the council get a grip and use it to Beeston’s advantage and not to turn Beeston into a new massive car park for people wishing to take the tram to Nottingham (just look to Hucknall !!!).

      • Joan says:

        Rylander – I don’t know if you actually know what a trolley bus is. It is a bus attached to wires. We have buses already. I am old enough to remember trolley buses being used as a form of public transport in this country. Just about the daftest form of transport going. One of the most infuriating parts of the debate about the tram has come from the (mercifully small) band of trolley people. The trolley cry demonstrates such a total lack of understanding about the merits of a fixed light rapid transit system as to make me want to weep in despair. And no I am not going to help take you over the arguments again – they have been debated for over ten years or more.

  3. Graham Heal says:

    “….the new tramlines won’t fully open to the public until the first part of 2015”. ‘The first part’ surely means up to the end of next June – another 12 months before it is fully open! And why do I suspect even this revised timeline is optimistic?

  4. Chris says:

    It may have led to “100s of jobs being created for local people” but it’s also lost them plenty of jobs, and removed significant choice of shopping in Beeston: we have lost two significant shops, the second apparently without a murmur from our esteemed politicians or candidates for such, namely Wilkinsons and, this year, Superdrug. I’d have thought the passing of the latter might at least have been mourned and fought for by Nick Palmer, as it provided the only realistic alternative to Boots and Superdrug own products are not tested on animals. Cannot credit there has not been a peep about that here or in email updates from local councillors.

  5. Mike says:

    Alternate announcement:
    “An expanded tram network will help to migrate inward investment and jobs to the city from areas like Beeston and Chilwell and will migrate existing businesses from bus routes to the tram route. It’s particularly pleasing to see Beeston Town Centre benefiting from its highest ever footfall figures since no-one could drive because of the roadworks and the news that the Queen’s Medical Centre has incurred a £10m cost to incorporate a brand new public entrance. It’s also gratifying to NET to see bus service cancellations all along Derby Road due to direct competition from the tram in Beeston town centre.
    In fact, It’s particularly gratifying to NET that, instead of concentrating on reducing congestion by shadowing the A52, for example, the tram route detoured needlessly through the middle of Beeston to increase revenue for its operators. Cheers, suckers.

  6. JS307 says:

    Superdrug could open a branch in the new shopping area, please do not let us continue to use that awful word, precinct ( my Mum used to say ‘principe). My understanding of Superdrug closing was because of new higher rent due to Jonathan James being part of the building and when the lease ended for Superdrug, Jonathan James was made part of the bigger store (again) and the rent increased, so they went. Wilco’s could have gone in there, there is massive space above it used for storage, I know I have been up there, but lets not open that old wound again. We do not know who apart from Starbucks and Pure Gym is going in yet there do we? Perhaps no-one has taken up a shop yet. I wonder if Henry Boot is actively seeking tenants or just given up until the tram arrives.

  7. Rylander says:

    Blimey O’Reilly Joan – I only called the tram a “trolley bus” as a joke !
    I am in favour of it, which bit of my post said I wasn’t ?
    Think you should re-read my post and take a chill pill whilst waiting for the Trolley Bus to arrive.

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