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Momentum builds for Metrolink extension works at Trafford

Work to construct a new six-stop Metrolink line to Trafford Park industrial estate and into the Trafford Centre will move up a gear this month, resulting in some disruption for commuters.

TfGM has stated that there may be road closures whilst engineers get to work on the £350m upgrade to the light rail network.

The closures, which are expected to be in force for around three years during the construction work, have already been planned out by TfGM and Trafford Council.

Work being completed includes major utility diversions, the installation of 5.5km track and overhead line infrastructure as well as the construction of six new stops for the line.

Alex Cropper, head of projects at TfGM, said: “These temporary road changes are essential to allow us to build the new Trafford Park Metrolink line as efficiently as possible, while keeping access for businesses and anyone who is working in, living in or travelling through the area.”

 The head of projects also said that TfGM was installing several CCTV cameras so that the impact of the changes could be closely monitored where necessary, and also to change traffic lights to keep cars moving.

“A number of roadside electronic signs will also be installed around the wider Trafford area to advise local road users of the works taking place,” added Cropper.  

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused during the works but hope that by sharing this information now, before the temporary road closures are introduced, people can plan ahead and adapt their journeys.”

In February, Metrolink also celebrated the completion of its £1.5bn big bang expansion as trams on the Second City Crossing started running through the city centre.

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David   03/05/2017 at 12:13

Cool, at least one tram system is doing well...

Andrew Gwilt   03/05/2017 at 16:16

What about the Metrolink extension to Stockport and the loop to Manchester Airport via Wythenshaw Town Centre. As the extension to Salford Dock is under construction and is due to be completed in 2020.

Angie   03/05/2017 at 22:19

Is there a up to date map of where the tram is going to run ? What business are going to be effected /shut down.

Lee   04/05/2017 at 08:44

Andrew, The potential alignment to Stockport is protected by Manchester and Stockport Councils, though nothing is likely to happen on this extension for some time, if ever. Metrolink is already running to the airport via Wythenshaw and has done for some time, with services starting at Cornbrook, though these are due to be extended via Manchester City Centre now that the second city crossing is operational. The Trafford PArk extension is going as far as Trafford PArk, not to Port Salford (Salford Dock as you call it) as there is no Port Salford development as yet to warrant it. Should those proposals come to fruition, there MAY be a case to extend across the Manchester Ship Canal into Port Salford, however that would require a movable tram bridge in order to maintain the canal as a navigable waterway for coastal shipping.

Tim B   04/05/2017 at 09:29

I come to RTM for rail news, not roads news :-)

Lee   04/05/2017 at 14:34

Tim B, last time I checked, which was this morning when I got on Metrolink and just now looking out the office window, Metrolink runs on rails.

Andrew Gwilt   05/05/2017 at 02:41

Thanks for clarifying. Lee.

Mark Butterworth   05/05/2017 at 07:57

If need be why can't they just extend the extant Eccles line to Port Salford via Barton Airport and kill two birds with one stone? Simple. Have they sorted the noise problem with ITV near their set on the Trafford Line? Finally I know they have a system map for the colour blind it does look a mess though. Can't they go back to the Harry Beck one colour for each line map. It's simple and works everywhere else.

Andrew G   07/05/2017 at 17:29

Never knew Manchester had another airport called Barton Airport unless Barton Airport is used for military use whilst Manchester Airport is a International regional airport that serves the City of Manchester and neighbouring counties including Northwest Derbyshire and most parts of Cheshire, Lancashire, West Yorkshire and also serves Greater Manchester including towns-Oldham, Altrincham, Bury and Stockport and is few miles off the M60 Manchester Orbital Motorway.

Lee   08/05/2017 at 13:00

Mark, most of the Trafford Park route was identified and protected during the first phase of LRT construction. This route would serve the industrial estate plus the shopping centre which generate the most trips. Barton is more an aerodrome than an airport with a grass runway. It caters for light aircraft plus Emergency services helicopters and is certainly not a significant trip generator, even though it is located at the side of the M60, like Manchester Airport is.

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