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21.01.14

Improved Metrolink trams enter service in Manchester

The fleet of Metrolink trams in Manchester is being expanded, with the first three out of an order of 30 M5000s coming into service this month.

The latest trams have eight extra seats with a revised layout compared to the current M5000s, as well as additional handholds and a layout developed with input from Metrolink’s Disability Design Reference Group.

The vehicles, built by Bombardier, were ordered by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to replace the ageing T68 tram fleet and to serve the expanding Metrolink network, which will soon cover Oldham town centre.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM Committee said: “The new layout and seating are a direct result of us acting on feedback. What these improvements demonstrate is that not only do we listen to our customers and value their feedback, but we also attach great importance their comfort and convenience.

“The rest of this new fleet of vehicles will be put into service over the next couple of years, following the replacement of the remaining old-style T68 models still in service and providing the extra capacity to support the ongoing expansion of the network.”

The trams are currently being tested on the East Didsbury-Oldham-Rochdale line, and will enter passenger service from January 27.

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