NET's current plans for the Line Two involve extending the existing tramway from the terminus at Station Street through The Meadows, then south over the River Trent, through Wilford village and the Clifton estate to a new Park and Ride site next to the A453.
The line will make use of a former Great Central Railway viaduct through Wilford and Compton Acres, and will feature extensive street running through the Clifton estate.
The existing NET viaduct which currently ends at the north end of Station Street will be extended over the railway station, following the route taken by the Great Central Railway. On the opposite side of the railway station there will be a new tram stop which will replace the current Station Street stop. The station will be redesigned as a transport interchange at the same time. From here the new line will cross Queens Road and Crocus Street, and reach Meadows Way via a new segregated section. The line will then turn off Meadows Way onto Queen's Walk, a tree-lined footpath that leads to the River Trent. Stops serving The Meadows are planned at Meadows Centre and Queen's Walk, which is by the river. The line will cross the Trent on the Wilford Toll Bridge, an existing pedestrian crossing, which will be widened to accomodate trams.
Leaving Wilford Toll Bridge, the new line will run along Main Road, with a stop for Wilford Village, then along Coronation Avenue. The track will cross the line of the disused former Great Central Railway, before curving right (south) to run alongside, then along, the former railway embankment, which will be partially rebuilt in places. The will be a stop at Wilford Lane, on the south side of this main road. The track continues along the disused embankment as far as the A52 Clifton Boulevarde, with stops planned for Compton Acres (next to the playing fields which ajoin Ruddington Lane) and Ruddington Lane.
The tram line will use the existing bridge underneath the dual carriageway A52, after which the tramway will leave the Great Central alignment. The railway alignment itself continues through Ruddington—beyond the former Ruddington Station the track is still in situ and is in use as far as Loughborough by the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), and between Loughborough and the outskirts of Leicester by the preserved Great Central Railway steam line.
After leaving the former railway alignment, the tramway will skirt the edge of an open space to reach Southchurch Drive, a main thoroughfare in the Clifton estate. There will be a long section of street running in Clifton, along Southchurch Drive and Farnborough Road, with stops at Southchurch Drive North, Rivergreen, Clifton Centre (at the main shopping centre, by the junction with Green Lane), Holy Trinity (at the junction of Southchurch Road and Farnborough Road) and Summerwood Lane. After crossing Nottingham Road at the edge of the Clifton estate, the line will terminate at a new Park and Ride site. There will be a new road link to the A453 Barton Lane, which leads to Junction 24 of the M1.
CW Yes! is an independent pressure group which supports the construction of Line Two via this route.
Back to top
Page generated in ≈ 0.0006 seconds