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11.06.12

New Metrolink line opens to Oldham

The new Metrolink line that extends the light rail network to Oldham is set to open on Wednesday, subject to final testing.

The service from Oldham Mumps will reach the city centre in around 25 minutes, with services running every 12 minutes.

A six-minute service will be introduced as patronage grows and capacity through the city centre increases.

New destinations on the line are Monsall, Central Park, Freehold andSouth Chadderton, while previously existing stops at Mumps, Hollinwood, Failsworth and Newton Heath & Moston have been completely rebuilt.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is an historic day forOldhamand the Metrolink network. From next week, people will be able to make brand new journeys from brand new stops on brand new trams and tracks.

“Today also marks the latest stage of a massive expansion of the Metrolink network that will bring our trams to even more new destinations and open up even more opportunities for businesses and communities.”

Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “To have Metrolink up and running will be a hugely significant and exciting day in the history of our borough.

“The arrival of the tram has been a long time coming and we must make sure we keep to the agreed timetable for the town centre route as it is central to our future prospects.

“This is the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken here and we believe it will act as a catalyst to create new jobs and opportunities.”

All services will call throughManchestercity centre and then travel on to theSouth Manchesterline, ending at St Werburgh’s Road in Chorlton.

Passengers can connect with services to Bury atVictoriaand services to Altrincham, Eccles and MediaCityUK inManchestercity centre or at Cornbrook. They can also link up with bus services at Central Park and Shudehill, or heavy rail services atManchesterVictoria.

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