PLANS for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Trafford Park line have now been approved, with work commencing at the end of this year the new line could be open as early as 2020.
The £350 million investment adds six new stops to the already existing network running from Pomona to the Trafford Centre.
Following a 12-week public consultation in summer 2014, Transport for Greater Manchester found 89% of those consulted were in favour of the project.
Trafford Park plays host to over 1,300 businesses and 33,000 jobs, the tramline aims to provide a fast and reliable service with a majority of the route not being on roads.
Quite happy they’re working on the metrolink going to the Trafford centre. It’s a right pain to get there if you’re not driving
— Jamie Moran (@jamiemoran01) October 13, 2016
Metrolink to the Trafford centre ????????
— meg prescott ? (@megprescottx) October 13, 2016
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, reacted to the news, saying: “Today’s announcement is another big step forward for Greater Manchester. I’m delighted that our long held ambition to build a new Metrolink line through Trafford Park is now about to become a reality.
“Our new Trafford Park line will connect people across Greater Manchester to thousands of new job opportunities as well as offering fast, frequent and sustainable links to some of our city-region’s greatest sporting and cultural venues, not to mention the Trafford Centre.
“This new line will boost our economy and bring us closer to our goal of a world class transport system for Greater Manchester. I look forward to seeing the first shovel in the ground this winter.”