NET Phase 2 Expansion Project
For Tramlink Nottingham
Project Value Circa £2,000,000
Tramlink Nottingham, the consortium comprising of six organisations – Vinci Construction UK, Alstom, Keolis, Wellglade, Meridiam Infrastructure and Infravia – was awarded the contract to build NET Phase 2 by Nottingham City Council in December 2011. The construction work is being undertaken by Taylor Woodrow (the civil engineering arm of Vinci Construction) and Alstom, a joint venture on behalf of Tramlink Nottingham and the £570M project is one of the most significant infrastructure projects to have ever been undertaken in Nottingham. NET’s extension will more than double the size of Nottingham’s Tram Network during the first part of 2015.
NET phase 2 has created millions of pounds worth of contracts for local companies and employment for hundreds of local people. Blackburn Starling, one of Nottingham’s oldest companies, has been awarded a £2,000,000 contract for the provision of the Low Voltage Tram Stop Kiosks. The 400V kiosks are situated strategically along the trackside to supply power to each new tram stop along Lines 2 and 3. The kiosks, 28 in total, will provide power for ancillary items including ticket vending machines (TVMs), validating machines, CCTV, communication kiosks, miscellaneous equipment cabinets and local power distribution.
The contract awarded to Blackburn Starling also includes modifying and upgrading the existing 23 tram stop kiosks originally manufactured for NET Line 1. The upgrade includes new underground power supply cables to facilitate the new TVMs and validating machines bringing all 51 tram stops up to the same exacting specifications.
NET Line 1 opened in 2004 and has been highly successful, with 10 million passengers per year, taking 3 million car journeys each year off the congested roads of Nottingham and significantly improving accessibility. The phase two extension will build on this achievement and help to stimulate long term employment growth, attract inward investment and integrate the transport network of the Greater Nottingham region.
When NET’s expansion is complete the tram network will consist of 51 tram stops, with the two new lines linking directly to Line One at Nottingham Station. The expanded tram network will visit 7 park and ride sites, providing service to approximately 23 million passengers a year and will provide a sustainable alternative to travelling by car. The light rail network will support the transformation of Beeston town centre and Clifton and increase the overall public transport capacity to accommodate growth in Greater Nottingham.