Work begins on Tuesday (10th April) to start construction of a bridge for trams to travel over Nottingham Station to serve the south and south west of the city.
The first stage of the work, which is part of the extension of Nottingham's tram system to Clifton via Wilford and Chilwell via Beeston (NET Phase Two), involves constructing a pier on Station Street to support the new bridge.
In total three interconnecting bridges will be built over Station Street, Nottingham Station, and Queens Road respectively, so that trams will be able to travel between the current NET Line One terminus , over Nottingham Station and down onto Crocus Street in The Meadows.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, said: "It's hugely exciting that just a few months after signing the contracts to extend the tram system, the contractor is already embarking on such a significant piece of work.
"This work is also a timely reminder of why the City has taken the bold step of being the first city in the UK to introduce the Workplace Parking Levy, which is helping to fund both the extensions to the NET system and the redevelopment of Nottingham Station, to transform the station into a modern transport interchange befitting of a city of Nottingham's size and stature.
Councillor Urquhart continued: "NET Phase Two is already generating jobs and construction work opportunities for local companies, and will help to stimulate the local economy to generate long term employment growth, inward investment and regeneration which we know building new tram lines brings."
Martin Carroll, Project Director of construction contractor, the Taylor Woodrow Alstom Joint Venture, said: "Clearly this is a major element of the overall extension scheme and will result in an impressive structure. It is a complex construction project to create the three interconnecting bridges and, in all, will take 21 months to complete.
"We are working hard alongside the City Council and a variety of other partners, including Network Rail, in order to minimise disruption and, of course, it is important that services into and out of the railway station itself are maintained whilst the work goes on."
- To be able to carry out the work to create the pier support for the Station Street bridge safely, part of Station Street, between Trent Street and Carrington Street, will be limited to one-way traffic heading westbound (towards Carrington Street).
- The one-way traffic system will remain on Station Street until late 2013 to allow other NET bridge works and works as part of the transformation of Nottingham Station.
- NET will help to cut congestion and provide improved public transport links, serving 20 of the 30 largest employers in Greater Nottingham, which will be within 800m of a tram stop.
- Nottingham City Council is the promoter of the NET Phase Two project.