The new walkway, which is due to open summer 2017, will provide direct access from the tram platform to the south side of the hospital (at the same level as the hospital’s main entrance).
Today’s ground-breaking ceremony was attended by Cllr Sarah Piper (Dunkirk and Lenton) and Chris Deas, Major Projects Director (Nottingham City Council), along with representatives from the QMC Residents’ Forum and NUH tram volunteers.
NUH Chief Executive, Peter Homa, said: “We are delighted that QMC remains the only hospital in the country to be directly connected by a tram. The tram has significantly improved access to our hospital for patients, visitors and staff and continues to grow in popularity, with some 2,200 passengers choosing the tram to get to and from our hospital daily.
The commencement of construction work on this much-needed development is good news for everyone. We look forward to the opening of new bridge this summer and the even better access it will provide to tram passengers. We are delighted once again to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and Nottingham Express Transit (NET) to improve the experience of our patients, visitors and staff.”
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council said: “We’re really pleased that work has begun on the new direct link between QMC’s tram stop and the hospital. Nottingham has one of the best-integrated public transport networks in the country and QMC was the first UK hospital directly on a tram route. As one of the key locations on the network, the new link bridge will provide quicker and easier access for patients, visitors and staff travelling to the hospital”.
Paul Robinson, General Manager at Nottingham Express Transit, said: “The QMC tram stop has been hugely successful and a fantastic asset for hospital staff, visitors and out-patients since it opened in August 2015.
“We’re delighted to see work start on a development that will provide a tremendous boost for our customers by making direct access from our network to the hospital buildings easier than ever before.”
The QMC tram stop opened in August 2015, connecting the hospital with a citywide 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.
The £1.4million development has been supported with £300,000 funding from Nottingham City Council.