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A major tram network extension in Manchester given the go-ahead

by Paul Addison on October 26, 2016 No comments

Through his legal powers, Chris Grayling, the transport secretary, has granted permission for the expansion of the Metro link network.

The go ahead has been given for to the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), a new £350m tram line is set to run for 5.5 kilometres through Trafford Park under a Transport and Works Act Order. This means work could start on the project this winter and be operational by 2020/2021.

The Metrolink network is owned by TfGM, who have developed plans for the Trafford Park line, and will be appoint a contractor very soon

In Greater Manchester, Trafford Park is the largest major employment zone outside of the city centre. It is home to over 1,300 businesses and more than 33,000 jobs.

The new line will be increasing the Metrolink network size to more than 106.5km served by 99 stops. These will be coming of the existing Pomona stop, as well as calling six new tram stops at main destinations. On top of this, to ensure faster, more reliable journeys, most of the new routes have not been put onto the roads.

The combined authority as part of the Greater Manchester devolution deal have secured the £350m funding package for the project.

Metrolink is now the largest light rail network in the UK, due to it being part of a £1.5bn expansion and tippling in size over the last few years.

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Paul AddisonA major tram network extension in Manchester given the go-ahead

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