Nottingham tram work to stop for Christmas

Nottingham tram
Image caption Services on the new routes are expected to be running by late 2014

Work to extend Nottingham's tram network is to stop over the Christmas period to allow easier access for shoppers.

The work is part of a £570m project to extend the network to Chilwell and Clifton and double the capacity of the current tram system.

Lane restrictions along University Boulevard will be lifted on 1 December until the new year.

Work will also stop in Queen's Road and Meadow Lane a week later.

'More significant'

Jane Urquhart, from the city council, said: "We have made sure that as many of the roadworks as we can are taken off the highway for the Christmas period.

"It's something we always do - but it's more significant this year because of the tram works."

Responding to criticism from local residents and businesses about the works, she added: "When you are building something on this scale there will always be disruption.

"But in the long term transport in and out of Nottingham will be easier."

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