The Nottingham Express Transit is a 20-mile long tram system in Nottingham, calling at 51 stops across two lines

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he system opened in 2004 and is operated by Keolis Nottingham Trams on behalf of concessionaire Tramlink Nottingham. The Nottingham Express Transit (NET) route runs from north of Nottingham railway station, through the city centre and branches off to two stations at Hucknall and Phoenix Park. Following completion of an expansion project, NET now connects Clifton to the south of the city and Toton Lane to the west, creating a two-line network.

Ownership and operation

The network is operated and maintained by Nottingham Trams on behalf of the Tramlink Nottingham consortium. Keolis, Trent Barton, Alstom and Vinci, are the industrial shareholders in the Tramlink Nottingham concession company.

In December 2011, Tramlink entered into a PPP (Public-Private Partnership) agreement for 22-and-a-half years.

Awards

NET was highly commended in three categories at the Global Light Rail Awards in October 2018: Best Customer Initiative, Technical Innovation and two employees, Patrick Randle-Bass and Paul Heslop, were named Employees of the Year.

High-speed connection

In September 2017, Nottingham council asked the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, to consider the tram extension at the same time as the HS2 station at Toton Sidings, which will be called East Midlands Hub.

The tram currently terminates at Toton Lane, two miles away from the HS2 station. The previous extension was reported to have brought a £100 million economic boost to Nottinghamshire, creating 1,600 jobs at its peak.

Community activity 

Keolis undertook a survey at the end of 2018 which showed that 96 per cent of passengers are satisfied with the service. NET is also embarking on a programme of signalling upgrades whilst its customer service team has transformed the way it communicates with customers during any unplanned disruption. It has also launched a safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of delays due to road traffic collisions.

Rolling stock 

The first trams to run on the network – Bombardier’s Incentro AT6/5s – were built

between 2002 and 2003 and are still in operation.

A refurbishment programme on the fleet, which gave it a new livery and interior, was completed in September 2014. 22 new Citadis 302 trams were delivered in 2013 in preparation for the Phase Two line extensions and were introduced in a new high frequency timetable launched on Line One in August 2014. The Incentro fleet is also going through a further, midlife refurbishment.

From August 2015 the mixed fleet of Citadis and Incentro trams began to run across the expanded network and are stored and maintained at the Wilkinson Street Depot. The operator has a policy of naming its trams after well-known figures related to the city, such as ex-world champion boxer Carl Froch; Ashes-winning cricketer, Stuart Broad; and one of the men behind the MRI scanner, Sir Peter Mansfield of the University of Nottingham.

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Photo: Nottingham Express Transit

Head of Operations: Mike Mabey
General Manager: Paul Robinson
Marketing Manager:  Stephanie Moss-Pearce
HR Manager: Maria Dobney

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Address: NET Depot, Armstrong Way, Wilkinson Street, Nottingham NG7 7NW
Phone:  0115 942 7777
Email: info@thetram.net
Website: www.thetram.net