Alstom and joint venture (JV) partner Taylor Woodrow have completed work on the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) extension in the UK, which more than doubled the existing tram line.
The NET extension allows Nottingham commuters to have eco-friendly journeys into and out of the city.
Passenger service has now been initiated on the 17.5km extensions to Nottingham’s light rail network.
The expanded network has 28 new stops to the south and south-west of the city, with the extension linking directly with the existing NET Line One at Nottingham Station.
The 32km network, part-funded by the UK’s only Workplace Parking Levy, now serves 20 of the 30 largest employers in Greater Nottingham, as well as key regeneration sites
The complete tram network serves seven parks and ride sites, while it is able to cater to up to 20 million passenger journeys a year.
Alstom Transport UK managing director Terence Watson said: "Everyone can now see and enjoy the benefits of the expanded network."
The Alstom and Taylor Woodrow JV built all associated infrastructure for the project, including overhead wires, track and signalling.
In addition, Alstom delivered 22 Citadis trams to the city which now form part of the 37-strong tram fleet serving the city, as well as offer maintenance to all of the vehicles.
Alstom is also a member of the Tramlink Nottingham consortium, which includes Keolis, Wellglade, Vinci UK, Meridiam Infrastructure and Infravia.
In December 2011, the consortium was awarded a 23-year design, build, finance, operate, and maintain concession, which included construction of Lines 2 and 3, and operation of the entire network, including Line 1.
Image: Trams now running on Nottingham Express Transit (NET) extension. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.