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Lessons must be learned from tram chaos

The Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry says it is essential that lessons are learned from the disruption caused by the tram extensions to Toton and Clifton. Extending the multi-million line which opened last year caused months of pain and disruption for traders and residents. She says this should not be allowed to happen in future big infrastructure projects.

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Shops affected by Nottingham tram works 'desperate' for customers

Business owners in Beeston and Chilwell in Nottingham are urging shoppers to return to the area after years of roadwork chaos caused by the construction of the tram route.

Shop owners like Julie Cameron say they want to get the message out there that the roads are now all open, and they desperately need shoppers to come back.

Many have seen their profits drop sharply, and say if the footfall doesn't increase, they may have to close.

QMC first hospital in country to be linked by a tram

A general view of the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham Credit: Geoff Kirby/Press Association Images

Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham has become the first hospital in the country to be linked by a tram after the Phase Two extension was officially opened.

It is estimated 1,200 passengers will use the stop daily including staff, patients and visitors.

The service will run every eight minutes for 18 hours a day between 6:00am and midnight.

A Phase Two tram

Queen's Medical Centre statistics:

  • The hospital is 38 years old
  • 6,300 staff work at the QMC
  • It has 27 miles of corridors
  • 2,263 people pass through its doors everyday

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Nottingham's Phase One tram makes almost one hundred million journeys

A tram passing through Old Market Square in Nottingham Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment/PA Images

Nottingham's Phase One tram network opened in March 2004. Over its 11 years in service 99,900,000 journeys have been made.

  • 2003/04 - 400,000
  • 2004/05 - 8,500,000
  • 2005/06 - 9,800,000
  • 2006/07 - 10,100,000
  • 2007/08 - 10,200,000
  • 2008/09 - 9,800,000
  • 2009/10 - 9,000,000
  • 2010/11 - 9,700,000
  • 2011/12 - 9,000,000
  • 2012/13 - 7,400,000
  • 2013/14 - 7,900,000
  • 2014/15 - 8,100,000
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