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Tram gets students on track at Central

As thousands of students across Nottingham have been enrolling on college courses over the last week, Central College Nottingham was celebrating the opening of its own specially named stop at ‘High Road-Central College’ outside its Beeston Centre. Most of the College sites are now easily accessible via tram. Stops in Clifton are only a few minutes away from Central’s Clifton Centre, allowing students from the other side of the city to reach college with ease. Central’s Highfields Centre, which is a specialist Engineering department, is also located very close by stops on University Boulevard.

Principal Malcolm Cowgill said: “There’s been a great atmosphere around the College this week as we’re enrolling thousands of new and returning students at our Centres, many of them using the new tram routes. The introduction of the new tram routes is already providing much greater flexibility for their transport options.

“After more than two years of various disruptions to travel along the route, our students at Beeston and Highfields Centres will now be able to get to the College with ease. The new trams are looking fantastic and we’ve had some really positive feedback already.”

18-year-old Kieran Kirk enrolled on a Level 3 Electrical course at Central College Beeston Centre on 25 August and took advantage of the tram launch. He said: “I’d already got my Level 1 and 2 Electrical but I needed to find a decent Level 3 course that I could travel to, and this was the closest. But I live in Bulwell and so I was really lucky that the tram opened the day I was enrolling!

“Without the tram I’d have been having to get the bus and it would have meant at least two buses, maybe taking about an hour and a half to get in. It’s helped me out a lot as it’s a straightforward route now. I’m really looking forward to my course, as the College itself is really decent and I’d recommend it any day – especially now it’s so easy to get to!”

Mr Cowgill added: “During the tram works, we’ve witnessed a lot of disruption along Chilwell High Road and beyond. Both staff and students have rallied round to support the local economy by continuing to visit small businesses during a difficult time for the traders. At one stage it was even difficult for pedestrians to access the road itself, but now this couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Yultan Mellor, Central’s Vice Principal – Curriculum said: “Both new and returning students have a vibrant range of independent shops and cafes to visit either on foot on with a short hop on the tram/bus. Judging by what we’ve seen so far, the incoming students will help provide a boost to the local businesses from the start of term.

“Not only that, but our commercial hair and beauty salon at Beeston Centre will now benefit from increased passing trade which will be of huge benefit to learners who can work with real life clients. It’s also a handy stop off for people on their way home from work now.

“People are already returning to Beeston and the High Road in Chilwell is becoming a destination in its own right so we’re delighted it’s up and running in time for the new academic year.”

Central College’s Centres in New Basford, on Maid Marian Way and on London Road were already close to the existing tram line stops in the city centre.

Central College Nottingham offers a range of courses at its Beeston Centre, including Hair & Beauty, Construction, GCSEs and Entry-level courses. For information call 0115 914 6414.