The first of 22 new trams destined for Nottingham’s extended tram network will be test running into the city centre for the first time this week as part of a stringent commissioning programme.
The striking Alstom Citadis trams are due to enter operating service in spring next year, and successful tests have already been carried out on the line north of the Wilkinson Street depot.
Now they are to be put through their paces on street sections of the network between the depot and the city centre.
Paul Robinson, NET General Manager, explained: “Before the new trams can carry fare-paying customers they need to undergo rigorous testing, and I’m pleased to say the first stage of this programme has run very smoothly.
“All testing is being carried out overnight when other services are not running, and involve driving the trams at different speeds along the route they will eventually operate on.”
The first Citadis arrived in Nottingham in September, and two more have since arrived in the city. The remainder are expected to be delivered at a rate of around one per month.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transport, said: “The people of Nottingham can get a first glimpse of the new trams, which we are confident will prove as successful and reliable as our current fleet.”
Michael Anderson, Project Director at NET Phase Two construction contractors Taylor Woodrow Alstom, commented: “Testing of the new trams in the city centre represents yet another significant milestone for the project at a time when construction work on the new lines is continuing apace.”