TFGM has announced that preparatory works on the new 5.5km (3.4 mile) Metrolink line have now begun. Approved in October last year, the Trafford Park line will branch off from the existing Pomona stop and call at six new destinations - Wharfside (near to Old Trafford football stadium), Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and the intu Trafford Centre. As Europe’s largest industrial estate, Trafford Park hosts over 1300 businesses and 35,000 employees.
The scheme may result in possible lane closures
Expected to open in 2020, the line will increase the Metrolink network to more than 64 miles over 99 stops and reportedly comes after 89% of people expressed favourable views of the extension during a twelve-week public consultation in summer 2014. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has warned the scheme, contracted to M-Pact Thales, may result in possible lane closures - and has announced a series of drop-ins for people to find out more:
- Tuesday 10 January, Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Wharf Road, 10am-4.30pm
- Wednesday 11 January, MediaCityUK, The Open Centre, 10am-4.30pm
- Friday 13 January, intu Trafford Centre, Lower Peel Avenue, 10am-10pm
- Saturday 14 January, intu Trafford Centre, Lower Peel Avenue, 10am-9pm
- Monday 20 February, EventCity, 10am-4.30pm
Trafford Park Metrolink map
Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director for TfGM, said: “Keeping people informed about our work to expand the tram network has been key to Metrolink’s success.
“We’re committed to keeping businesses, residents, employees, commuters and visitors to the area up-to-date at every stage of the work to build a new line through Trafford Park to the Trafford Centre. I’d encourage anyone with an interest to sign up to keep in the loop with regular news bulletins at www.tfgm.com/MetrolinkTPL.”
The public are also encouraged to keep updated on the line’s progress by following #MetrolinkTPL on Twitter and Facebook and visit tfgm.com/MetrolinkTPL, which will be regularly updated. Alternatively, call 0161 244 1555 during office hours.