The latest (and given
the appalling attitude of the
public transport in general, and light rail in particular, perhaps the
last) new system is in Nottingham. A job interview in Nottingham on
10th March 2004 gave me the opportunity (I thought) to photograph
Nottingham's buses and the pending light rail system. I was more than
pleasantly surprised to discover the trams were up and running, so not
a single bus was photographed. Few trams were, as I had limited time
and wanted to ride the system. All seemed fine and dandy, apart from
the overcrowding, and some of the seats seemed rather oddly positioned.
But I liked what I saw. If only the government could grasp the meaning
of the phrase "PUBLIC transport" and see beyond the short-term
costs of these systems to the long-term benefits.
208 waiting at the Station
for departure to the park and ride site at Phoenix Park. The
with the Railway Station is very good, being a short walk across a
At the other end of the
line, at Hucknall, is 212. I didn't have time to check out the distance
from the tram terminus to Hucknall town centre, so I can make no
comment. Despite the railing, this view was
better than from the other side of the tram due to light conditions
(highlighted by the brightness of the electronic indicator reflected on
shiny new tram).
At the Beastmarket stop in
central Nottingham (with a very
handily located travel shop behind) is 215, en route to Hucknall.
Two years later I returned to Nottingham, principally to
photograph the buses, but I wasn't going to ignore the trams. Indeed, I
started with a tram ride from Hucknall to Nottingham. 207 is seen
arriving at Hucknall.
206 is seen in the Old Market Square, heading for Hucknall. The trams
seemed to be just as busy in April 2006 as they were in 2004.
is seen heading in the opposite direction.
is seen climbig Market Street en route to Phoenix Park.
wanderings took me to Bulwell. 210 is seen approaching Bulwell Station
en route to Hucknall.
A short time was spent at The Forest
stop, where the platform layout allows photos such as this of 205
approaching form the city.
Heading the opposite way was 209, in a
horrible all over advert. Why do bus and tram operators insist on using
contravision adverts, which restrict the outward vision of passengers
209 and 203 are seen at Nottingham
Station Street stop.