Nottingham City Council has opened two new branches of its tram system, paid for in part by the country’s only workplace parking levy.
The new lines run to the city’s south and west, connecting with the original line from the centre to its north and bringing 30% of Nottingham’s population within 800m of a tram stop.
City council estimates suggest the new lines will take three million car journeys a year off the roads, saving 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
The lines have been funded by £376m from the government through a private finance initiative deal, and the remaining £193m from the council, mainly from the workplace parking levy.
This is a £379 per space charge imposed on employers who provide 11 or more car parking places for employees.
Powers to impose such levies have existed since 2000 but no other council has done so, although Birmingham City Council has considered this step.
The new lines run from the city centre 10km to Chilwell via Beeston and 7.5km to Clifton.
Jane Urquhart (Lab), portfolio holder for planning and housing, said: “This sustainable transport system is making Nottingham the envy of other cities.”