Worried residents take a closer look at tram plans
THIS month, Southchurch Drive in Clifton will change forever.
The road is due to close for eight months while work starts on the city's new tram line to Wilford and Clifton.
And last night people on the estate had the chance to air their views and find out more as the plans went on display at Clifton Cornerstone building.
Staff from tram operators Nottingham Express Transit and the contractors were on hand to speak to them.
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Michael Moreton, 81, was not impressed. "I think there is no point in the tram at all," he said. "I am very concerned about Southchurch Drive closing and the lack of buses. It will cause chaos for me and a lot of people.
"They say there will be benefits in the long run, but I won't see them."
Work on the road will start on Monday, March 11. It will involve moving pipes and cables, installing tracks and building tram stops.
The road will be closed to through-traffic, including buses, between Swansdowne Drive and Green Lane.
The only traffic allowed will be vehicles delivering to shops and people going to Clifton Leisure Centre.
It is part of the £570 million extension to the tram network, with another line going to Chilwell via Beeston.
Christine Stevenson, 58, of Clifton, feels it is money well spent, though she is concerned about disruption during the works.
"It will be great for Clifton when it is up and running," she said. "I can't wait for it and will certainly be using it.
"It is a good use of public money. It will get more cars off the road as well."
Michael Elliott, 53, of Clifton, was also excited about the tram.
He said: "I lived in the Lenton area when the first tram line in Nottingham was built and I used it regularly.
"It was great and I'm happy it is going to be coming to Clifton."
The service is expected to start operating late next year.