Nottingham’s tram network has celebrated the successful completion of a £3.5 million refurbishment programme that’s seen the transformation of its original fleet of Incentro vehicles.
The final tram to receive the comprehensive makeover left NET’s Wilkinson Street depot today (Monday, March 22), marking the end of a project that will help future-proof the network.
Paul Robinson, Managing Director, explained: “This extensive refurbishment project has already delivered significant benefits for customers, particularly those with disabilities.
“The new look matches NET’s newer Citadis models and research has shown that having a single look across the fleet can help customers with sight impairments to access the network and also makes it easier to use for people with dementia.”
The refresh has been more than skin-deep and included a major mechanical overhaul, and the replacement of floors and all interior fittings to boost reliability, comfort and accessibility.
The fleet overhaul was carried out by engineers from Alstom and has continued through the coronavirus pandemic. As the last refurbished tram re-joined the fleet, Peter Broadley, Alstom Head of UK Services said: “We have worked closely with the operator on this important project and are delighted to have completed the refurbishment of all 15 Incentro trams. We look forward to supporting the fleet as it continues to serve Nottingham for many years to come.”
Paul Robinson added: “The refurbished trams have already proved a huge hit with customers and the completion of the upgrade programme reflects our continued commitment to investing in a first-class tram network for Nottingham.”