TfGM, the transport authority for Greater Manchester, has secured the future of the UK's largest tram network with a three-year contract extension for KeolisAmey Metrolink Ltd (KAM).
The new deal, running from July 2024 to July 2027, will see KAM continue to operate and maintain the beloved Metrolink trams, as it aims to deliver better experiences for passengers across the region.
"Since coming on board, KeolisAmey Metrolink has become an invaluable partner," said Danny Vaughan, TfGM's head of Metrolink. "Together, we've shown our commitment to a thriving Metrolink, investing in the network and delivering top-notch reliability and punctuality."
The new contract isn't just about maintaining the high standards Metrolink boasts today. It's about pushing the boundaries and exceeding expectations. "There's still plenty of exciting work ahead to deliver the best possible experience for our customers," Vaughan added. "We're thrilled that KAM will be part of this journey for the next three years."
Alistair Gordon, CEO of Keolis UK, Middle East and India, echoed Vaughan's enthusiasm. "We're delighted to continue operating and maintaining Metrolink," he affirmed. "Our team, in partnership with TfGM, has consistently put the customer at the heart of everything we do. We're committed to a high-performance network that truly benefits the communities of Greater Manchester."
KeolisAmey has had a productive period at the helm of the network since 2017. It has seen record high performance levels and overseen the opening of the new Trafford Park line in 2020. This is alongside the introduction of 27 new trams to the network.
Metrolink remains a crucial cog in Greater Manchester's ambitious Bee Network vision – a London-style integrated transport system encompassing trams, buses, cycling and walking routes, with local rail services joining the party by 2030.
"Metrolink is an integral part of Manchester's transport system," declared Peter Anderson, managing director at Amey. "We're proud to continue working with TfGM, connecting communities and making travel easier for everyone in Greater Manchester."
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