Nottingham Tram Hell
The Nottingham tram is being extended. The city has an existing tram system. Line 1 has been running sucessfully for a number of years, but lines 2 and 3 are currently under construction. There has been a mixed reaction to the development of lines 2 and 3. It will have a major impact on our business. This is because, we are to get a double track tram route straight down Lenton Lane immediately outside our offices.
There has been extensive traffic disruption including road closures and partial closures since 2012. The tram company is predicting that revenue services will start on the new lines in December. Currently Lenton Lane is closed to traffic just after our offices as double track is laid. The section of road which is open is traffic controlled, as half the road is also closed for track laying. There has been major disruption to traffic because of tram works. This has been particularly severe in and around Beeston, which is to the west of our offices. So what is our view of the current tram hell?
The Nottingham tram represents a major capital investment in the city
We are delighted to see a major capital investment in the public transport infrastructure of our city. In one direction the tram will give us access to the NG2 business park, Nottingham station, and the city centre; and in the other direction we will have access to the Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham University, Beeston and Chilwell. We anticipate staff using the tram to get to work. Our offices will also be much more accessible from the city centre. And our view of the current disruption? There’s no gain without pain. We expected lots of disruption to road routes around the office, and overall it hasn’t been too bad. We are however really looking forward to the work finishing!
Thoughts on the Nottingham tram
Mike Hunter, Better Languages CEO commented. “We knew when we bought our premises in March 2013 that we faced 18 months of tram disruption. Overall the contractors have done an excellent job. They have minimised disruption, and maintained access for traffic and for pedestrians. We are very much looking forward to the works finishing. We expect to see the first trams running soon, hopefully before the end of the year. I will certainly be using the line to access the city centre. I also look forward to a positive impact of the tram system on our business. We also expect it to benefit neighbouring businesses on Lenton Lane.”