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Nottingham tram extension one step nearer

A party from Nottingham’s twin city of Karlsruhe joined the first group of people to cross onto the Karlsruhe Friendship Bridge over Nottingham Station recently.

The Oberbürgermeister of Karlsruhe, Dr Frank Mentrup, travelled by tram from the current Station Street terminus over the new bridge to the new tram stop at the station’s southern concourse.

Nottingham has been twinned with Karlsruhe since 1969. In recognition of this, one of the new Alstom-built trams was named after Jim Taylor who died earlier this year and was a key figure in the city’s links with Karlsruhe and in bringing trams to Nottingham.

Testing of the new route continues at night as far as the turnback at Wilford Lane. Track should be complete to Clifton, as well as the other route ‘leg’ to Toton, by the end of the year with services expected to start in the first half of 2015.

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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