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11.06.18

Summer works will see Metrolink’s future Trafford Park extension linked to Eccles line

Work to deliver a bigger and better Metrolink network across Manchester will be carried out this summer.

The work, which will result in a 13 day closure of the Eccles line from the end of July, will link the under-construction Trafford Park Metrolink line with the existing tram network at Pomona stop.

A 350 tonne and 100 tonne crane will arrive on site to temporarily remove the overhead power lines, before the old track plinths to the west end of the Pomona stop are cut out and replaced. Rails will then be reinstalled and overhead lines put back in place.

In an effort to minimise the disruption, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will work with KeolisAmey, Metrolink and other partners to carry out maintenance and repair works on the tram network during the line closure, as well as timing the work to coincide with school holidays and using noise blankets.

Alex Cropper, TfGM’s head of projects, said: “This work is a landmark moment for the future expansion of Metrolink as we look to connect the upcoming Trafford Park line with the rest of the tram network.

“Unfortunately it will result in some disruption for passengers for a short period of time – but we have done a lot of planning to keep customers informed and on the move during the process and to keep disruption to a minimum.”

He concluded: “Once the new tram line through to intu Trafford Centre is open it will mean more frequent services and much improved access to jobs and leisure across the wider tram network.”

 

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