Daytime tram tests have commenced on a further section of Nottingham’s new tram lines.

Following a series of successful night-time trials, trams are now set to become a familiar sight on the Chilwell line through the QMC and alongside University Boulevard after an initial test run today (Tuesday).

This section of the expanding network includes the largest new structure on the NET Phase Two project – the impressive Ningbo Friendship Bridge which spans the A52 combined with a 300-metre-long viaduct through the hospital campus.

Executive Chairman of NET concessionaire Tramlink Nottingham Phil Hewitt explained: “The first daytime trials along what is a really high-profile section of the new line is another important step forward. 

“It will give people a real sense of what to expect when services start running in the middle of the year and when the QMC becomes the first hospital in the country to benefit from a direct link to a tram network.” 

The testing and driver training programme is now well advanced with overnight trials taking place across the full length of both new routes and daytime tests as far as Silverdale on the Clifton line.

Chris Deas, NET Project Director for Nottingham City Council, said: “Being able to do the first daytime testing on the Chilwell route through built-up areas of Nottingham demonstrates intensive testing of the NET system. 

“Successful tests will go a long way to confirming that the extended network will soon be available for public service.”

Peter Homa, NUH Chief Executive, said: “This next step of the testing phase takes us one step closer to the tram arriving at QMC which is welcome news for our patients, visitors and staff. The tram will fundamentally change how people access our hospitals and make travelling to QMC faster and easier for many due to the line’s links to the city centre and park and ride facilities. 

“With just months until the trams start operating a full timetable for passengers at QMC, we are beginning to increase the information we share with our patients, visitors and staff about routes, journey times and ticket prices.”