Latest Rail News

11.11.13

Tram-train to be considered for Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester has approved plans to develop a tram-train strategy for the city.

It could entail light rail and heavy rail carriages sharing the same tracks.

A report outlining proposals for a network has been agreed by the TfGM committee’s capital projects and policy sub-committee. An initial study into the feasibility, cost and benefits of routes will now be taken forward.

Possible routes include Manchester to Marple via Bredbury (this route has the most economic viability, TfGM said); or Manchester-Atherton-Wigan; Manchester-Glossop; Manchester-Sale-Altrincham-Hale-Knutsford; Manchester-East Didsbury-Hazel Grove; or Stockport-Altrincham.

Tram-train could give more frequent access to the city centre and the ongoing cost would be met by fare revenue, the committee said.

The TfGM committee chair, Cllr Andrew Fender, said: “I am delighted that clear progress has been made with the identification of the potential for tram-train in Greater Manchester.

“Track-sharing between heavy and light rail trains with street-running capability is already well established in continental Europe, especially in Germany.

“Not only are there numerous benefits to commuters, such as increased capacity and frequency and better inner-city connectivity, but tram-trains also have the potential to be financially self-sustaining.

“At this point however, tram-train very much remains a long-term project for Greater Manchester, making it difficult to identify potential implementation dates or funding.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

(Library image shows a Metrolink tram next to a Northern train)

Comments

Pedr   06/06/2014 at 15:09

Porthmadog has had trains running on a tramway for two or three years now without significant problems. The new station cost just over £1m and was supported by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government. There has been regrettably little mention of it in RTM. What can be done in a small Welsh port can surely be replicated on a grander scale in Manchester.

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's no... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in the Midlands. He said: “It’s very... more >