Nottingham – transport for the future

As we start 2013 Nottingham looks as though it will be at the forefront of some amazing new transport systems.


The A453 widening starts this months – making the route into Nottingham from the M1 and south a proper road – not the horse-track we currently have. This dualling is long overdue. I think this will have the biggest and most measurable impact on the City.

And then the tram works continues. The £500m scheme will become even more visible during 2013. The mess is visible at the moment. Like most of these major infrastructure projects I guess we will expect it to get worse before it gets better? I have mixed views on the tram. By it’s very nature it is pretty inflexible. It goes no-where near my house (the local NIMBY’s are happy) but it does go past my office – and into town. If the fares are reduced I may even use it!

Then we should hear shortly that the HS2 extension will come through our region. As I blogged before Christmas – it will be an interesting question about whether we get a stop – the second question will be whether it will be in Nottingham or in Derby. Or at Toton Sidings. This will have my full support if we get a stop. If we don’t it won’t (it will then be a waste of money!).

These three projects have the capability of putting Nottingham well and truly on the map. Two are underway – or will be and the third looks a good odds-on favourite. We just have to tolerate the short term mess?

5 comments on “Nottingham – transport for the future

  1. While duelling the A453, they should have considered extending the Clifton tram line out to East Midlands Airport, East Midlands Parkway isn’t fit for the purpose in this case and whilst digging up the area for the road, digging the same area for a tram line wouldn’t add to the inconvenience.

    Also, if HS2 does have a stop at Toton Sidings, the tram line out to Bardil’s Island could be extended to the new stop linking it into the city. It’ll be very interesting to see the route HS2 does take, I just can’t believe it’s taking so long to build it.

    • Ian, I agree that the tram line could have been extended, but we should remember that when the tram was being planned the A453 had been put on the back-burner. It is a very recent (relatively) announcement!

      I think the tram would be extended to Toton if the HS2 line comes there…It is part of the rationale – although the road network (A52/M1) is the compelling reason why it wouldn’t go to one of either Derby or Nottingham.

      • Which I suppose shows another problem, the amount of time it takes for any project to get changed and to take off in the first place and the inflexibility transport projects as a whole that any change delays the project by years. If the tram can’t be extended now, there’s no reason why the work can’t be put in on the A453 so that the least amount of disruption is caused when they can extend the line.

        I know there is a lot of negativity towards the tram but having lived in Nottingham’s twin city of Karlsruhe for a year, I’ve seen how a tram network can work and what benefits it brings. As for it being inflexible, all transport is. When University Boulevard was closed after over running roadworks, there was gridlock because the amount of traffic that passed down it every morning had nowhere else to go. The alternative routes not available to trams weren’t that available to motorists.

        Agree with the HS2 reasoning that it’ll avoid both Derby and Nottingham although it’ll be interesting to see whether they go through the centre of Long Eaton or use the green belt between Long Eaton and Toton Corner to build it. It’ll probably be 30 years before it’s done anyway – amazing that something that is claimed to be “High Speed” is so slow to be built.

      • We are certainly not like China in terms of speed of delivery! We have a rather slow process of planning and then of procurement – but even these don’t explain why HS2 will take years!

        On the transport systems – I think it depends on where you are. In London or New York I wouldn’t dream of using anything other than the tube / subway. But in Nottingham the tram serves the suburban area – not the city. I hate to say it, it is also expensive. Public transport needs to be reliable, clean and cheap…

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