Hopes for a tram extension to Gedling could be dashed if Labour get into power at the next general election.
Speaking during a visit to Nottingham, the shadow transport secretary Andy McDonald said Nottingham’s tram network would be extended from Phoenix Park to Kimberley, and from Toton to East Midlands Airport if Labour got into power.
Mr McDonald said: “Nottingham’s tram is a great example of what can be achieved in a city on this scale.
“But there is yet further potential that we could do, and there are plans to look at extensions to the system, so that’s a really exciting prospect, because we need to capitalise on the success that’s already there.
“We’ve already got that infrastructure there. It’s already established it’s a case of getting greater benefits by expanding that.”
Asked about how much the extension would cost, and how he planned to pay for it, he said: “Frankly the cost of this whole system is surprisingly economical and under control. I’m really quite impressed by the cost.
“The challenge for this sector is to bring those costs down and there is already a consultation underway about where further tram networks can be expanded.
“But we are talking about hundreds of millions for certain stretches, which I think represents an excellent return.”
Councillor David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, and said: “We’re pleased that there’s a recognition of the success and popularity of our tram network, with different areas keen to explore the possibility of bringing its swift, reliable services to them.
“There’s no doubt that expanding our already well connected tram network would help to further reduce congestion around the city, and we are continuing to look at options for future extensions across the whole of Nottingham.
A spokeswoman for the Department for Transport said: “Passengers across Derby and Nottingham are benefitting from new technology, including real-time travel information and a roll out of smart ticketing, thanks to £7 million from our Transforming Cities Fund.
“We are also working with both councils to develop plans for a share of the second £1.22 billion round of the fund, supporting larger improvements to public and sustainable transport in the city regions.
“We will consider proposals to fund additional tram schemes, based on value for money for the taxpayer and benefits for passengers and the wider community.”