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Old December 29th, 2013, 08:26 PM   #41
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I know, there are plans for new tram stop next to Broadmarsh centre. When we will see this new stop?
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That has been cancelled as the shopping centre has been brought by new owners and we await the plans for their redevelopment of the centre.

However, the current tram viaduct (which also connects to the new train station bridge) will be turred into a new platform which will be part of a new 9 storey college which will be built soon.

There will be a walk way connecting to the new college, from the currently under construction tram and foot bridge over the station.

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Old January 7th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #43
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Nottingham's new hub
07 January 2014 by Marc Johnson



A lot of work has been carried out behind the hoardings which have been a feature of the station for some while, and the project team, an alliance of Network Rail, East Midlands Trains, Nottingham City Council and Taylor Woodrow, were very keen to show what they had been up to.

The works are a key part of the Nottingham Hub which, besides the station enhancement and refurbishment, also includes the Nottingham Area Resignalling project and the NET (Nottingham Express Transit) Phase 2 tramway works. The Hub is intended to increase transport capacity, integrate transport modes, improve performance, initiate regeneration of the area around the station and generally to inspire the City of Nottingham.

The total funding of the Hub is around £150 million. Of this, around £50 million is going into the station redevelopment works which have been in planning since the turn of the century.

A key objective for the alliance has been to make use of local suppliers and labour, and there has been significant success in this with 40% of sub-contracts let to local firms and 35% of the 1,500 actively-involved people being from the greater Nottingham area.

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They discovered and restored ceiling of the buffet on platforms 4, 5 and 6.

The alliance identified six key phases to the project. The first was the 950 space multi-storey car park completed some time ago. Then there is the new southern concourse that will link the car park and Queen’s Road ‘kiss and ride’ facility with the NET tram station and the old concourse and dispersal bridge of the railway station. A new canopy has now been erected on Platform 7 (the former Platform 6) where there was none before.

All of the platform buildings are being refurbished, including some that were disused before, and new glazed areas have been installed in the existing platform canopies to allow daylight into areas that were previously rather gloomy. Some of the platforms are to be resurfaced. The Grade II* listed porte-cochère and concourse of the original station are being fully and sensitively refurbished. Lastly, there is the NET tram station being built on the big new bridge across the station.

Works not already completed are on schedule. The platform buildings and modified canopies will be returned to normal use in January 2014. The refurbished main station buildings (porte- cochère and concourse) will reopen in April 2014, together with the new south concourse on Queen’s Road. The NET tram station is due to come into operation fully by October next year, though trams may begin operating before this date.

There are some interesting things to be seen already as a result of what has been done thus far. The porte-cochère, like most of the old station, dates back to the 1903 reconstruction of Nottingham Station by the Midland Railway Company. It features much beautiful old terra cotta and a large, fully glazed roof. The whole is about 100 metres long by 20 metres in width and is surmounted by a pepper-pot- style clock tower. One of the notable features is the multiplicity of fine arched openings into the space, each decorated with ornate terra cotta work.

The original roadway inside this area sloped significantly from north to south in order to tie into the roads outside. This is no longer necessary since the whole area is to be pedestrianised and enclosed. The floor, as it now becomes, has been levelled by raising the south end. This floor is being laid with carefully selected terrazzo.

The roof has been entirely refurbished; the original ironwork has been cleaned, repaired and repainted, and the glazing has been replaced with laminated glass.

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Work continues in the porte-cochere.

All of the terra cotta has been cleaned, damaged areas being repaired or replaced. This work has been expertly done by the best possible people, the local Hathern Terra Cotta company, which was responsible for the original terra cotta in 1903. They have been able to use some of the original moulds from that work to manufacture replacement sections, and they are making matching arch pieces for the new archway that will lead from the porte-cochère into the south concourse.

This opening has been cut very carefully as a rectangular hole through an existing brick wall, using a steel portal to support the structure above. The new terra cotta arch will be erected (on timber centring) under the structural steel, and the brickwork will be reinstated around it to hide the modern structure. This should fit in well with the original arches already mentioned.

The 1903 concourse is being restored with equal painstaking attention to detail, and the roof and ceiling already look impressive. Further improvements are taking place on the adjoining dispersal bridge. All in all, there will be a huge volume of sympathetically restored space for use by customers and station visitors within these buildings on the Carrington Street side of the station. There are to be retail units in this area, including a significant one in the former ticket office. The ticket office itself will be re-positioned to a more prominent and customer-friendly location, roughly on the site of the old W H Smith.

Immediately adjacent to these old structures will be the new south concourse. This will be the heart of the hub as it will link to the station, the multi-storey car park, the NET tram station and the “kiss and ride” and taxi exchange in Queen’s Road. There will be lifts, stairs and escalators linking Queen’s Road street level, station concourse level one floor up and the NET station a further floor above. This will be the key interchange area of the new facility, and should be a major improvement for all users.

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The platform building refurbishment works are well under way, and they have thrown up quite a surprise. In the former buffet on the platform 4/5/6 island, the removal of the false ceiling and wall cladding revealed that there was a clerestory roof above and that much of the plasterwork of the room had originally featured decorative plasterwork. The plaster frieze immediately below the glazed lights of the clerestory had been badly damaged, but fortunately it was possible to restore it.

Alaways of Lincoln carried out a good deal of the specialist building restoration and working for them were a pair of expert plasterers who had the skills and knowledge required. They were able to clean and restore undamaged panels, then take plaster casts from these. Using these casts they were able to create new panels, exact replicas of the originals, and with these they were able to replace the irreparable sections of the frieze. Only a few of the stained glass panels were in good enough condition to be restored, and so new panels were made by copying these, allowing the whole clerestory to be reglazed exactly as it was originally. Railway Heritage Trust funds were key to enabling this work. It should delight customers when they see it after it reopens shortly.



The key challenge for the alliance in managing the project has been maintaining an operational station whilst the works proceed. Whilst there were opportunities to carry out certain works during the station closure that was arranged for the parallel remodelling and resignalling project, most of the time the facility has remained open to customers. The co-operation of East Midlands Trains has been crucial in this. For example, the company was very supportive of the decision to close the whole of the buildings on Carrington Street rather than attempting the works in separate phases in different sections of the buildings.

Shaun and his alliance colleagues were all keen to deliver the vision of the project, which is to make the station into a real transport hub for Nottingham City but also to turn the Carrington Street buildings into a destination in its own right, with retail units and meeting places that will attract people from the city and surrounding area for their own sake. Shaun mentioned the way in which St Pancras International has become a small town and its own attraction, and he clearly aspires to seeing a smaller version of this at ‘the Hub’ in Nottingham. The quality of the restoration works is an encouraging augury.

Given that improvements are due to continue, with journey time reductions in the forthcoming timetable (fastest journey to London 91 minutes for example) and Midland main line electrification due shortly, things are looking up for Nottingham station. Locals have long wished to see the beautiful old buildings here restored sympathetically, and now it is happening. With a foot fall of around 6.5 million each year before the current works began, and increasing too, it is not before time.
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Old January 10th, 2014, 10:52 PM   #44
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More talks about a possible NET phase 3

http://www.nottinghampost.com/NEW-TR...ail/story.html

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NOTTS' controversial tram system should be extended to Kimberley, a Government planning inspector has said.

Now, Mrs KA Ellison, of the Government's Planning Inspectorate, has said that a proposed phase three – which would extend the network to Kimberley – "should be regarded as both desirable and enjoying reasonable prospects of being brought forward".

Her comments came in a ruling on an appeal by a developer which wants to build homes on the phase three route, linking Phoenix Park with Kimberley.

Chris Deas, Nottingham Express Transit project director at Nottingham City Council, said: "We are pleased that the planning inspector recognises the need to safeguard the potential tram route towards Kimberley."

Nottingham Tram: Nottinghamshire County Council to back idea of further extensions

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NOTTS County Council will discuss a motion next week which says the authority will support further extensions to the region’s tram network.

The motion, which is being put forward by Transport and Highways committee chairman Kevin Greaves and supported by vice-chairman Steve Calvert, will be debated next Thursday.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 01:58 PM   #45
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The new viaduct and arch bridge at the QMC hospital and Nottingham University:

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Tramline construction updates from the past week:

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Photos from Beeston this evening


Chilwell Road, looking west
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A few pics of the Chilwell branch from my visit to Nottingham last weekend

Wires up at Toton Lane


Inham Nook looking west


Inham Nook looking east; note tram stop under construction. Also looks like they messed up on the concrete as it's being relaid...


OLE poles up at Eskdale Drive


Track laid just short of Bramcote Lane


Bramcote Lane crossing looking west


Bramcote Lane crossing looking east
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WB, Wilford and around the station today....

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Overhead supports in Wilford and the Meadows

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Around the station, hard landscaping and tracks joined up

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Nottingham Station update:

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A few videos of the new citadis Nottingham trams:





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Some timelapse videos of the A453 widening and bridges:



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'Launch Event' for NCTs new double decker buses

An event was held in Nottingham Market Square today by NCT (Nottingham City Transport) showcasing they're brand new double decker buses and their routes, with free snacks and freebies etc given out

Here's a photo from their Facebook page (the red route has been in service for about a month now), the orange, lime and turquoise buses will be on the roads from March!



The Orange Line serves QMC, Beeston and Chilwell which are the same areas as one of the new tram routes!
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From Global Rail News:

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Work halted after remains found on Nottingham tram site
10 MAR, 2014

Work was suspended on the site of tram works in Nottingham after human remains were discovered by contractors Taylor Woodrow.

Police cordoned off the site in Poplars Court, Lenton Lane, following the excavation of two skulls on March 4 during work on the NET Phase Two extension of Nottingham’s tram network.

Tests carried out by a forensic anthropologist confirmed that the remains were over 70 years old and Nottinghamshire Police has said it is not treating the find as suspicious.

The bones are believed to be from a nearby church burial ground.

A spokesman for Taylor Woodrow Alstom said: “Construction work in the area has since resumed, although the actual site of the discovery remains cordoned off while further archaeological investigations continue.”
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The new trams are looking spiffing

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Nottingham Stations Main Entrance opens!

The southern concourse will open late spring/summer time with the upper levels and tram bridge/stop opening in December

Tenants will be moving into the stalls withing the next few weeks/months

Some pics from earlier, shame about the gloomy smoggy weather

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This is the opposite side of the no entry sign published earlier - looks like cyclists will be allowed to leave Carrington Street onto Station Street but not the other way round














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Not exactly transport, but due to the new redeveloped station and tram lines, this Southside scheme will start construction early next year!

160-bed hotel and offices to be built opposite Nottingham railway station

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A 160-bedroom hotel and 50,000 sq ft office building will be built next to Nottingham railway station in a deal worth more than £20m, it has been revealed.

Nottingham City Council has agreed terms with developer Peel Group under which it will help secure the development by agreeing to occupy half the space.

This is also only phase one - Peel has significant further landholdings alongside the rail line and I'm pretty confident further development will come.

"They are delivering grade A offices and starting what can be a major business district. It is fantastic to see the city council enabling this scheme to come forward at an ideal time when the economy is strengthening and inquiry levels are picking up.'




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The new station looks really good. How large is Nottingham anyway?

I'm generally surprised at how bus-based a lot of PT is in British cities (aside from London, of course). It's only been recently that cities have started building light rail, and from my time living in the UK, the suburban rail networks aren't that great. They're more for intercity commutes. You can't even compare the PT in British cities to their German counterparts. Heck, even Australian cities have better transport.

That said, its great to see real investment in second tier cities.
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It has a population of around 800,000

Nottingham has one of the best public transport systems in the country, most buses run from between every 5-10 minutes with free wifi, leather seats, on board electronic maps and announcement speakers etc

Yeeeh there are very few stops throughout the second tier cities, even London, within the suburban region to travel throughout the city

Quite a few cities, Nottingham included used to have light rail systems pre WW2 era, but became non profitable and had to be closed down
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The UK actively depopulated its inner cities after the war which made new high capacity public transport difficult to justify. We also removed a lot of power over taxation and spending from local government, giving municipalities little ability to invest in new systems. Finally it privatised bus services outside London (although some smaller cities like Nottingham, Edinburgh and Blackpool managed to keep them in public ownership) to promote competition, which means the bus companies actively compete with any raid transit, rather than support it.

Some cities like Nottingham and Manchester are pushing forward with additional investment, but most cities have lacked the will or the means to do so and their systems have stagnated.
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