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New QMC tram bridge to open this summer

7th July 2017

Work on a new £1.4m bridge which links the Queen's Medical Centre tram stop to the hospital is expected to be finished within the next two months.

Construction company Interserve started building the new bridge that will link the tram stop with the main building, providing direct access to the hospital's B floor, in October last year.

Plans for the walkway were approved by Nottingham City Council - which put £300,000 towards the cost of the £1.4 million development.

The 8m high bridge will be around 90m long and will have two rest areas with seats along the route.

Lucy Wells, 29, of Arnold, who was at the hospital today (Monday, June 5) to visit a friend, said she thought the bridge would benefit a lot of people.

She added: "I am glad to see it finally coming together, it looks just like the artist's impression pictures. I think it will really benefit people as it's such a long walk from the main [tram] platform, with the lifts or stairs. It isn't all one level like the bridge is."

Damian Tigs, 24, of Mapperley, who was visiting his grandmother, said: "I'm a bit of an engineering/architectural nerd so this was interesting for me to walk past today. It looks simple and I bet it will help people who need the extra help to get them into hospital safely.

"For older people I bet it seems a long walk, but it's better than nothing."

The QMC tram stop opened in August 2015, which connected the hospital to the city transport network. Since opening around 18 months ago over 140,000 trams have passed through with thousands of customers using the QMC stop each week.

Margaret Saunders, 72, of Arnold, who was attending a routine appointment at the hospital today (Monday, June 5), said: "Its looking great.

"The bridge will take me directly to where I need to go for my weekly appointments. It's a direct route for me which is easier than messing with lifts and pathways. I can't wait for it to be opened. I hope it will be well used."

A spokesman for NUH said: "Our new tram entrance, which is due to open in the summer, will provide direct access via a new footbridge from the tram platform into the main hospital at QMC.

"This will significantly improve access into the hospital for everyone; patients, visitors and staff. A meet and greet area for volunteers will be available at the junction where the tram bridge meets the B Floor main hospital to help to direct patients to various points in the hospital.

"More than 2,000 passengers use the tram daily and there will be no disruption to the running of the tram during the construction period, and during this project."