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04.12.13

Trafford Centre tram link could be complete by 2019

The new route for the Manchester Metrolink line to the Trafford Centre will be discussed this week by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) leaders.

The new extension to the light rail network could be complete by 2019.

Cllr Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM Committee, said it would be “a fantastic addition” to the area.

The 5.5km route will run from the existing network at Pomona alongside Manchester Ship Canal before following Trafford Wharf Road, running through the village area of Trafford Park and crossing Parkway Circle to terminate at the Trafford Centre.

Stops are planned close to key facilities and the scheme will be put out to public consultation next year before a formal application will be made to government for a Transport and Works Act Order.

Cllr Fender said: “The route has evolved over time and better reflects how the area it would serve has developed – and continues to develop – since an original set of plans were approved back in 2001.

“There is a great deal of work ahead of us before we can start to think of shovels hitting the ground, but I’m really pleased that it is building momentum and I look forward to more progress being made in the coming months and years.”

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JB   06/12/2013 at 13:51

About time too! This route has been long overdue!

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