Press Release from the Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP: Cycling Accidents Along Chilwell High Road Tram Route

Anna Soubry MP has called an urgent meeting with NET, Tramlink, the local police inspector, representatives from the local authorities and other relevant parties, to discuss the high number of cycling accidents along Chilwell High Road.

Anna said “I am calling together all involved parties as I am alarmed by the number of incidents that have occurred along this part of the tram route. The current layout is dangerous and we have already seen several very serious accidents. ”

This meeting has been called after a cyclist almost died following an accident on Chilwell High Road. The man involved was put into an induced coma and suffered several severe injuries after the wheel of his bicycle got stuck in the tram tracks and was subsequently hit by a car.

Anna added “this is now very serious and it is time to take action before someone is killed. I have requested copies of the risk assessment and for NET’s statistics on cycling accidents.”

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13 Responses to Press Release from the Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP: Cycling Accidents Along Chilwell High Road Tram Route

  1. Dr Allan Dodds says:

    When my father bought me my first bicycle at the age of fourteen in Edinburgh, he stressed the need to take care when encountering tram lines. If one approached them at too shallow an angle the front wheel could jam in the rail, projecting one over the handlebars. All my friends rode bicycles in Edinburgh and every one them was aware of the need to exercise care in this way. None of them ever came a cropper; nor did I. Today, most people are completely ignorant of such commonplace knowledge and education is the only way forward. If tram rails had been considered such a danger to cyclists then the tram system would never have been granted planning permission in the first place. Cyclists should simply take more care. If the infrastructure forces cyclists to make a hazardous move then it should be changed or warning signs put up. A cyclist’s safety is his/her own responsibility.

  2. Howard Shakespeare says:

    It isn’t just Nottingham where cyclists have been involved in accidents as a result of tramlines.
    Similar accidents have occurred in both Croydon and Edinburgh.
    Presumably the danger to bike riders was overlooked when councils considered the reintroduction of trams.

    • Joan Wade says:

      No Howard – Presumably people looked carefully at the danger and realised that trams are far less of a danger to cyclists than other forms of transport. What our decision makers perhaps failed to realise is that there would be a few people who were so opposed to public transport improvements that they would never come to terms with the fact that trams have been reintroduced into our cities.

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        In Amsterdam and Blackpool for example, the trams run on tracks which are not shared with other road users.
        The problem of mixed usage of the roads is not just the danger to cycle riders, but when the roads become blocked. The trams are frequently held up due to broken down vehicles on their track.
        Presumably in a previous age when trams were popular, there were countless accidents involving other road users. As those were the days before Health and Safety, it may be difficult to determine precise numbers. Perhaps the Twamway Museum at Crich would have some statistics.
        One only has to view the old trams to see that they were fitted with ‘Cow Catchers’ at the front.

      • Ian Blakeley says:

        You omitted Brussels Howard. A city where cyclists happily share the roads, and not the pavements, with Buses, Cars, Heavy Lorries, other cyclists and, oh yes, TRAMS.

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        The ‘Croydon’ tram accident this week, illustrates that these huge cumbersome locomotives have no place on the roads.
        It takes very little research to determine that accidents between trams and other road users are very common. This in not merely in Nottingham but wherever there is mixed use of the roads.
        Nottingham City Council are always complaining that they have insufficient finance. Yet they were able to raise over half a billion pounds for a white elephant, and dangerous transport system.

    • RichHartman says:

      Howard – as Mr Dodds says, cyclists need to ride sensibly maintaining an awareness of road conditions. Cyclists aren’t “involved in accidents as a result of tramlines”, it’s the result of cyclists paying inadequate attention to road conditions, nothing more. Trams don’t run red lights; cyclists do. Trams don’t ride on pavements, cyclists do. Cyclists are vulnerable on the road so they need to take more care and not ride close to the rails. It’s so disappointing that our MP sees this as just another tram-bashing bandwagon to jump on: her efforts would be put to better use in campaigning for driving tests for cyclists and a licensing system so they can be prosecuted for the same road traffic offences as any other road users.

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        This evening there has been a serious accident between a tram and a car. The tram has been knocked off its tracks and moved 15 feet.
        This accident happened in Croyden, where cars, trucks, bikes and trams share the same roads. Just the same as Nottingham.
        No further news about possible casualties yet.
        Mixing trams with other road traffic is not safe. A tram is a large heavy locomotive. It can’t move out of the way to avoid an accident.
        There were reasons why trams were scrapped in the mid twentieth century. It wasn’t just that buses were more economic and practical.

      • Howard Shakespeare says:

        Ian. I suggest you google ‘Brussels Tram Bike Accidents’. You will see that there are significant numbers of accidents between trams and bikes.
        Trams and traffic do not mix. The reintroduction of trams is a retrograde step.

      • Joan Wade says:

        Howard – Let me tell you something that you are clearly unaware of. The number of people killed on UK roads each year runs into thousands. These are, for the most part, collisions between cars and pedestrians. Mixing cars with pedestrians is not safe. What you refer to as “Croyden” (sic) incident involved a car crashing into a tram. This can clearly be seen on the video that has surfaced. The media has reported that the car driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving – Cars and alcohol do not mix. Fortunately, nobody was killed or seriously injured and trams remain a very safe means of transport. Per passenger mile they are safer than cars, bikes or walking.

  3. Track replacement works taking place over threee days (12-14 February 2016) at the junction of Victoria Street and Middle Hill close to the Lace Market stop mean there will be some temporary changes to tram services.

    A shuttle bus service will operate between Royal Centre and Nottingham Station throughout the three days to enable passengers travelling across the city centre to complete their journeys.

    Details at:

    “Mike Mabey, NET’s Head of Operations, explained: “This section of the tram route boasts one of the tightest curves in Europe and is one of the busiest sections of the network, therefore after 12 years of constant use, we need to replace some of the track to ensure smooth and effective running of the system whilst also improving the paved area around the nearby tram stop. “

  4. Those of us who cycle along the route of the tramlines may like to know that NET has provided informative leaflets ( and a safety video ( for cyclists.

  5. Judy S says:

    The Beeston Civic Society are holding a talk and discussion entitled Transport in Beeston. It is on Friday night 12th February. 7.30pm The Pearson Centre and in attendance will be representatives from Notts CC Transport Dept, The Tram, Pedals, Big Wheel, East Midlands Trains, NCT, Trent Barton, Better Transport and ShopMobility. Whatever your question, we think we have it covered!! Everyone welcome. Members free. Visitors £2.00

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