Nottingham-Kimberley tram extension study gets boost

Railway viaduct Campaigners say many old rail lines in the area are suitable for carrying trams

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A study into whether a fourth tram line into Nottingham could be built has received new backing.

Broxtowe Borough Council has agreed to allow a feasibility study into the route through Kimberley and Eastwood.

The estimated £70,000 cost of work to examine practical challenges will largely be met by the private sector.

The county council and planners have backed the new line but funding, likely to be hundreds of millions of pounds, has yet to be found.

Richard Robinson, borough councillor for Kimberley and Cossall, said the campaign had now reached an important milestone: "I am absolutely over the moon with the decision last night, seven years of hard campaigning went into that.

"I think it happened for two reasons. One, because we had a strong vision and two, that we were supported by the community."

Extensions to Beeston and Chilwell, costing £570m, are due to open in early 2015.

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