Nottingham tram park and ride prompts concern

Plans for a 1,300 space car park at one end of Nottingham's new tram line has provoked anger from some residents.

The 9.8km (6.1 mile) line 3 to Chilwell will use land off Toton Lane - near Bardills island - as a park and ride.

But some people in the area said they were concerned about serious traffic congestion and loss of green belt land.

Operators Tramlink said it would be speaking to residents and traders about any issues.

The £570m extension, involving two new lines, was given the final go-ahead in December.

'Nightmare' traffic

Resident Christine Batham said the area around Bardills island was already a congestion blackspot.

"So you can imagine what it is going to happen when there is 1,300 cars trying to get in and out," she said.

"We are going to get all the mess and inconvenience and we are going to get very little back for it."

Patricia Knighton claimed to know no-one in the area who was in favour of the park and ride.

"It will be a nightmare," she said. "The traffic will back up round the island and will cause chaos.

"Soon no-one will be able to get to work and it will cause so many traffic jams it will be murder."

Journeys double

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Transportation at Nottingham City Council, said: "We have carried out detailed research to test the impact of traffic entering the Park and Ride site from the Bardills Island, and this research shows that the roundabout, including the A52 approach routes, will have the capacity to deal with the traffic.

"In addition we will be creating extra capacity at the island for traffic exiting the Park & Ride site and entering the roundabout from Toton Lane.

"National Planning Policy states that creating Park & Ride sites is an appropriate use of greenbelt land, and the location, size and scale of the Park & Ride site received full approval through the NET Phase Two Public Inquiry which took place in 2007."

A spokesman for Tramlink said in the coming weeks it would be stepping up communication with local people and it had appointed a new "stakeholder manager" to deal with concerns - and more staff were being appointed in similar roles.

Nottingham City Council estimates the new tram lines will double the use of the existing tram, with an estimated 20 million tram journeys expected each year.

Services on the new routes are expected to be running by late 2014.

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