Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Nottingham Trams

Nottingham is one of a few cities in the UK that operate trams. It is a light-rail tramway called the  Nottingham Express Transit (NET). The first line opened to the public on 9 March 2004, having cost £200 million (equivalent to £229 million at 2012 prices).

The system has 15 Incentro AT6/5 trams, similar to those used in Nantes, built by Bombardier Transportation (formerly ADtranz) in Derby.
The trams run on 750 volts DC and have a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). They are 100% low-floor vehicles articulated in five sections, and are 33 metres long and 2.4 metres wide.
From a very early stage, the trams have been named after famous local people.

In 2010 Nottingham was named as England's least car-dependent city with around 9 million passengers using the trams every year.



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