Trafford Park Line marks progress with track laying at intu Trafford Centre
25 July 2018
Trafford Park Line took another step forward today with track laying at intu
Trafford Centre, the final destination of this major new extension.
Mark Aldred, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee;
Zoe Inman, intu Trafford Centre’s Operations Manager and James Whittaker, Group
Development Director for Peel Land and Property were among the attendees to
witness the milestone on Barton Dock Road.
£350m Trafford Park Line extension, which is due to open in 2020, will add a
further 5.5km and six stops to Metrolink, already the UK’s largest light rail
network. The new line is being funded by Greater Manchester’s Devolution Deal,
which was signed by the city-region’s leaders in 2014. Trafford Council are
providing £20m towards the project.
Mark Aldred, Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “Track laying at intu Trafford
Centre is another large symbolic step forward for the Trafford Park Line. The
great progress we have made so far is due to the hard work, expertise and
co-operation of everyone working on this project, including Trafford Council, MPT,
intu Trafford Centre, EventCity and the Peel Group.
A vital link between two economic hearts
Park and intu Trafford Centre are two of the economic hearts of our
city-region. When it is open the new line will provide a vital link to them and
the jobs, cultural attractions and shopping along the route. This means people
will have a real alternative to driving, meaning fewer cars on the road, less
congestion and less pollution.”
is also now being laid at EventCity, Parkway, Village Way and Warren Bruce Road.
Thanks to close partnership working between TfGM and the utility companies,
over 190km of infrastructure – including electricity, gas, water and
telecommunications pipes and cabling - has been rerouted. The recent completion
of this utility diversion work means work can continue on schedule to construct
the new tram infrastructure along the full route.
Andrew Western, Leader of Trafford Council, said: “This scheme is hugely
important for Trafford Park and the areas around intu Trafford Centre, both of
which are essential to our local economy; not only do they provide thousands of
jobs, they also attract a significant number of visitors while also delivering
continued growth, regeneration and investment. So it’s great to see this
project progressing to the next stage; once it’s completed, the Trafford Park
line will be a key tram service for the people of Trafford and beyond.”
Trafford Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK. It has more
than 200 stores and leisure attractions and attracts millions of annual
visitors and has thousands of employees.
Excellent access to intu Trafford Centre
Inman, Operations Manager for intu Trafford Centre, said: “We are delighted to
see the Trafford Park extension progressing at such a pace and are looking
forward to seeing it open in 2020. The two new stops will provide excellent
access to the centre linking us to Trafford Park, Manchester city centre and
the wider Metrolink network.”
James Whittaker, Group Development Director for Peel Land and Property, said: “It’s
fantastic to see the extent of progress being made by Transport for Greater
Manchester on the Trafford Park extension to Metrolink. We are delighted to be
supporting TfGM and Trafford Council in bringing Metrolink services to hugely
popular destinations within TraffordCity, including intu Trafford Centre and
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Further progress will be made in the coming months with early
work taking place at Pomona stop to start to connect the Trafford Park Line to
the existing Metrolink network. This will involve the temporary closure of the Eccles Line
between Cornbrook and Eccles, including the
MediaCityUK spur, from Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018 (inclusive).
In September, beams will be installed to form a new bridge to carry the new
Metrolink line over the Bridgewater Canal adjacent to Park Way - another major
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