April 2, 2014, by sustainablenottingham

NET benefit

tram in NOttingham city centreIf you live, work or study in Nottingham, you can’t help but notice that the tram network is being extended. Nottingham Express Transport (NET) is building Phase Two, with line two running from the city centre to Clifton via the Meadows, and line three running through Beeston to Toton.

At the moment it feels very much like a mixed blessing: when it’s up and running it will offer a further option for getting to University Park campus and the Medical School (with stops at QMC, just outside the South entrance and farther along University Boulevard), but in the meantime we seem to be surrounded by diversions and orange cones!

University Park and the surrounding area has seen a variety of changes, ranging from the closure and reopening of the Medical School car park, to a new bridge over the A52 linking QMC and Science Road, and a revised road layout near the West entrance.

Full construction of the tracks through University Park is expected to start this week, resulting in the closure of the South entrance from 5 April to 18 May. Significant disruption is expected, particularly at peak times, so staff are encouraged to consider alternatives to driving to University Park campus. This includes parking at another site and walking or using the hopper bus to travel to University Park, or cycling to campus. Further details about the closure and options for getting to University Park are available on the University’s tram development webpage.

Line two is scheduled to start running in December 2014, so we can expect to see tram testing in the autumn. As this approaches, the NET project team will be on hand to answer any questions staff and students may have in drop-in information sessions on campus. In the interim, more information is available on the NET website.

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