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Metrolink airport line finished a year early

15 Oct 14 A new 14.5km addition to the Manchester Metrolink tram network has been built and handed over more than a year ahead of schedule.

A tram being tested on the new line
A tram being tested on the new line

Services on Metrolink’s new line to Manchester Airport will open to passengers on Monday 3rd November.

The 14.5km Airport line will bring the size of the Metrolink network – owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – to 92.5km (57.5 miles), serving 92 stops.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “Seeing our trams reach Manchester Airport more than a year ahead of schedule is a truly amazing achievement.”

Major infrastructure for the new line, including new bridges over the M56 and M60 motorways, and new tram stops and supporting systems and facilities, were built by MPT, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales.

“Technical design and delivery of the new Airport Line has placed the most modern construction technology right in the heart of the community,” said MPT project leader Peter Jones. “We’ve developed a close and productive working relationship between our delivery teams and TfGM, and the residents and businesses along the line, and I’d like to thank everyone concerned for their patience and understanding while the work was in progress.

“To see the line open a year earlier than planned is a very proud moment for our team.”

Footage of the M60 bridge installation in 2012 is below.

Here is a driver’s eye view of the new route.

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