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A tram for Station Street awaits for the off from Hucknall, in the final week of trial running.

An extra tram stop for Silverdale?

CW YES! favours an extra tram stop for Silverdale, to the south of the estate, and close to Fairham Brook. The possible locations we suggest would have new pedestrian access from The Downs or Waingrove, with minimal disturbance to existing houses and gardens.

A new tram stop for Silverdale would be a better arrangement for local residents. NET currently propose a tram stop at the southern end of Ruddington Lane, but a walk from Silverdale means negotiating the southern subway under the ring road, a security risk at night. The alternative for Silverdale residents would be to walk to the tram stop at the northern end of Southchurch Drive, Clifton, a longer trek in the wrong direction for city-bound passengers.

NET must evaluate the additional traffic potential from an extra tram stop with the possible traffic loss from Clifton to Nottingham in consequence of slower tram journeys.

...or another one for Wilford village?

Some local residents have suggested an extra tram stop, located between the Wilford Lane and Wilford village stops. This would serve the Bader Road estate, with a new footpath access across the Klondyke allotments. Since NET wish to retain the embankment north of Wilford Lane, and place the tram track at ground level on the West Bridgford side, an extra tram stop would be relatively isolated from the Wilford housing, and the new Emmanuel and Becket schools would likely be adequately served by the Wilford village and Wilford Lane stops. Again, slower trams for residents further south is a commercial consideration for NET.

The tram bridge over Canal Street, looking west. In the future, the Broad Marsh tram stop and transport interchange will be located to the right.

After the opening of the CW route in 2013, there would be the prospect of extending the CW tram to Ruddington, or to the East Midlands Airport (EMA).


A tramline to Ruddington, a large dormitory village for Nottingham, would make further use of the redundant Great Central railway trackbed. The main considerations for a Ruddington tram route seem to be whether it could effectively relieve the A52 ring road and the A60, and for tram timings to be competitive with buses. There are wildlife issues at Wilwell Cutting that would require resolution and negotiations with the wildlife bodies.

East Midlands Airport

EMA is of regional significance, and a high quality public transport link is essential for the future. Air passenger traffic could treble to over 7 million by 2015. Direct heavy rail access could be provided from the line linking Trent junction to Castle Donnington, currently freight-only, via a new spur and tunnel. Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted and Birmingham airports already have direct heavy rail links. But restricted track capacity between Trent junction and Nottingham station currently precludes an intensive rail-air shuttle link, and ideas of extra intensive rail traffic from Derby or Leicester face similar problems.

An extension of CW to EMA was mooted in the A453 multi-modal study, alongside a dualled A453. The trams would have speed, frequency and convenience. They could provide a direct run from Hucknall and numerous other places in the Nottingham area. Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Manchester airports are all likely to have tram or metro links in the next few years.

Think of the use and convenience of an eventual direct link from the CW route to the premier regional airport. Think of the prestige and rise in property values in Clifton, Wilford and Compton Acres!

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