On the right track, major milestone for Metrolink Trafford Park Line
9 February 2018
marked a major milestone for the much anticipated £350m Metrolink Trafford Park
Line scheme as the first piece of track was laid at Parkway Circle.
of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, the Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor
Sean Anstee and Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee,
Councillor Andrew Fender were alongside a number of key attendees to witness this
the city region’s first major project to benefit from the ground-breaking
Devolution Deal, signed by Greater Manchester leaders and central government,
in November 2014. The
deal provides earnback funding of up to £900 million over 30 years and has
provided funding for the £350 million Trafford Park Metrolink line as part of a
joined up transport network right across the
Giving people a real alternative to driving
Andy Burnham, said: “Improving public transport in Greater Manchester is a top
priority for me. By extending Metrolink to some of the busiest visitor
attractions in Greater Manchester, we can give people a real alternative to
driving and help reduce traffic congestion.
Trafford Park Line is one of the first schemes to benefit from Greater
Manchester’s devolution agreement and it is great to be here and witness this
major milestone and the first piece of track being laid.
plays a pivotal role in connecting people to job, leisure and retail
opportunities and this extension through Europe’s largest trading estate to
Event City and intu Trafford Centre will only enhance this further.”
of Trafford Council, Cllr Sean Anstee, said: “Trafford Park and areas around
the Trafford Centre are vitally important to our local economy; they provide
tens of thousands of jobs, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and help
to deliver continued growth, investment and regeneration, so I can’t emphasise
enough the importance of this scheme.
witness the first piece of track being laid here at Parkway Circle is a great
achievement and a real sign of progress for what will be a key tram service for
the people of Trafford and far beyond.”
Sustainable transport links to some of Greater Manchester’s busiest visitor destinations
will have six new tram stops, offering sustainable transport links to some of
Greater Manchester’s busiest visitor destinations including intu Trafford
Centre, EventCity, Imperial War Museum North and Old Trafford football stadium.
It will also run through Trafford Park, Europe’s largest trading estate and
home to more than 1,300 businesses employing over 35,000 people. Trams will run
on a largely traffic-free, segregated route, meaning reliable journey times during
peak hours and for major sporting, business and cultural events.
of the TfGM Committee, Cllr Andrew Fender, said: “Following the recent major
expansion of the Metrolink network and completion of the second city crossing,
it's great that we have been able to maintain the momentum with building the
Trafford Park line. It's ever more important for TfGM to provide sustainable
public transport alternatives to better serve our communities now and into the
work began in late 2016 and the new line is due to open in 2020. Services will
run from intu Trafford Centre through Manchester city centre to an improved
stop at Crumpsall.
more information about the Trafford Park Line, you can visit https://www.tfgm.com/trafford-park-line
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