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Nottingham Express Transit (NET) plan expansion to East Midlands Airport

Provisional plans to extend Nottingham’s tram network to Derby and East Midlands Airport have been short-listed for approval, meaning Derby and Nottingham councils can now go ahead with a full bid this summer.

The plans include extending the current line from Toton park and ride to the site of the proposed HS2 station at Toton sidings. Subject to further funding, the line would then split with branches south and west. The southern line would go through Long Eaton and via the new East Midlands Gateway rail freight interchange to East Midlands Airport.

The western line would pass under the M1 to travel via Breaston and Borrowash to Derby city centre. The full bid will be competing for a share of the Government’s £1.3billion Transforming Cities Fund (TCF). Planned journey times from Nottingham would be 33 minutes to the HS2 station; 36 minutes to Long Eaton; and 56 minutes to East Midlands Airport.

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