Daytime tram testing has today (Thursday) begun to Clifton town centre and through to the new Park and Ride site.

In another important step towards the start of passenger services on the expanded network, the latest trials mean that trams will be running during the day along the whole length of the Clifton line.

Tramlink Nottingham Executive Chairman, Phil Hewitt said: “Daytime running from one end of the line to the other means we can really start to ramp up the essential driver training programme. All NET’s drivers have to have an intimate knowledge of the new routes and this part of the project will intensify over the coming weeks.

“We understand that people may now begin to wonder why they can’t get on the trams when they can see them running up and down the lines to Chilwell and Clifton but we will be working closely with our partners to make sure the system is open to the public as soon as possible. There can however be no shortcuts taken in the system tests and training as we have to be sure that when we do open for passengers the network is both safe and reliable.”

Mr Hewitt added: “So far the commissioning programme has been going extremely well and we’re looking forward to day time trials being extended to the whole of the Beeston line in the near future.”