Nottingham Express Transit Phase 3 Business Case
SYSTRA has provided specialist long-term support throughout the development of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) light rail system. Our work began in the 1990s providing revenue forecasting and business case support for Line One which became operational in 2004. We also supported NET Phase Two to produce the business cases and patronage modelling as well as a range of inquiry and commissioning support. Phase 2 became operational in 2015.
This recent commission has considered three potential extension to the current Nottingham Express Transit system including two extensions to serve significant residential and employment growth sites and a new route to east Nottingham accessing a number of regeneration and existing residential and employment areas that have relatively poor public transport accessibility to the city centre and are reliant on a highly congested highway network.
The aim of these routes is to promote economic development along the corridors, facilitate modal change from highway to public transport, reduce highway congestion into the city centre and reduce the environmental impact of transport in Nottingham.
The study initially considered each of the three scheme options to optimise the designs aiming to maximise the scheme benefits and minimise construction and operational costs with the aim to generate the most robust benefit cost ratio. This included a review of routing, stop locations, service frequency and park and ride strategy.
A five case Outline Business Case was produced for each of the three NET extension routes based on the optimised schemes and included:
- Strategic Case- detailing the objectives and need of the scheme, the options that had been assessed, the policy background and the economic regeneration that each scheme serves.
- Economic Case – using the East Midlands Gateway model produced by SYSTRA this provided the economic justification for the schemes including
- Commercial Case - setting out the preferred procurement route for the scheme.
- Financial Case - demonstrating a robust estimation of the scheme’s likely costs and a firm strategy for funding.
- Management Case - to demonstrate how the scheme is to be delivered.
These Outline Business Case documents have shown there is a robust case for each of the three schemes identified in term of the levels of economic development they facilitate, the transport benefits they create, and the policy fit to local and national objectives.