With Christmas fast approaching, Nottingham’s tram network is gearing up for one of the highlights of the season – the big switch on of the city’s festive lights.
Large crowds are expected to gather in Old Market Square on Friday, November 17, for one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.
Featuring live music, the evening’s celebrations will also include a dramatic countdown to the lighting up of the city centre at 7.30 and a visit from Santa himself.
Trams will run as normal before and after the event but, due to the high numbers of people in the heart of the city, there will be no services between Nottingham Station and Royal Centre from 7.00pm to 8.30pm.
Stephanie Moss-Pearce, NET Marketing Manager, explained:
“As well as the switch on of the lights, we’ll also be celebrating the return of the city’s ever-popular Winter Wonderland.
“With so many people expected on the night, we’re altering our services for a short time to ensure the festivities can go ahead as safely as possible.
“Travel Officers will be on hand to offer advice at the Royal Centre and Nottingham Station stops but, during this brief period, we’d ask our customers to allow a little extra time for their journey. We would of course like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”
For anyone wanting to travel through the city centre, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) will be accepting tram tickets and customers are advised to use Navy Line and Green Line buses to continue their journey. Customers heading for the Winter Wonderland and the lights switch on will find Old Market Square is just a short walk from the Royal Centre and Nottingham Station tram stops.
To help families make the most of the seasonal celebrations, NET will be running its popular Group Ticket offer from 4pm. Offering unlimited travel for one or two adults and up to three children, the ticket is available from tram-stop ticket machines or online from your phone at My Mobile Tickets.