Key meeting on plans to extend tram network

The trams, pictured here in Bulwell, could soon be heading for Eastwood and Kimberley.
The trams, pictured here in Bulwell, could soon be heading for Eastwood and Kimberley.

A high-profile meeting later this month could put meat on the bones of plans to extend Nottinghamshire’s tram network into Eastwood and Kimberley.

The meeting is with Sir John Peace, the chairman of Midlands Engine, a coalition of councils, business leaders and local enterprise partnerships.

Prominent businessman Sir John hails from Nottinghamshire, and one of Midlands Engine’s key aims is to improve transport connectivity across the region.

All the main stakeholders in the tram extension campaign will be at the meeting, including Coun Richard Robinson, of Broxtowe Borough Council. Along with Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero, Coun Robinson has been at the heart of the campaign.

“I have burnt some midnight oil preparing very detailed submissions that have now been sent to councils in the East Midlands,” said Coun Robinson.

“These include outline plans for the tram network to be extended from Phoenix Park at Cinderhill through Kimberley and Eastwood into Amber Valley.

“In addition, there have been some exciting proposals put forward that would link the north of Broxtowe (Nuthall, Awsworth, Kimberley and Eastwood) with a fast link through to the new HS2 hub station at Toton, from a hub station in Langley Mill.

“There has been some heavyweight support from significant local businesses, in addition to community organisations.”