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Nottingham expansion ‘largely complete’

The new fleet of Alstom Citadis trams are up and running, the full system expansion should open in 2015. (TAUT)

Nottingham City Council project director Chris Deas said in November that construction of Phase Two the UK city’s tramway was “largely complete”.

Opening of the lines, to Clifton and to Chilwell, had originally been expected to take place in December 2014, but it was announced earlier in the year that completion would be delayed.

Mr Deas told TAUT: “We are aware that several sections of the project have proved challenging, particularly in relation to diverting utilities, and the contractor advised us in the summer that the December target would not be achieved. But the construction is now largely complete, the full testing and commissioning phase will follow and we are advised by the contractor that they expect the new lines to be open in the first part of 2015.”

However, the council did not confirm specific reports elsewhere that have suggested the routes might open at Easter.

Expansion of the UK city’s tramways is being undertaken through a PFI scheme awarded to Tramlink Nottingham in December 2011, with the work being undertaken by joint venture Taylor Woodrow Alstom.

A spokesman for the NET Phase Two Project said the delay in opening would not impact financially on the council: “As the project is a PFI scheme, the financial risk associated with the completion of construction and the timing of the opening of Phase Two in the NET contract is placed with the concessionaire and its contractor, so the council will not pay additional costs to either of the above parties in relation to the timing of the completion of NET Phase Two.”