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Civils contract awarded for Manchester Metrolink extension

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The MPact Thales (MPT) joint venture has been selected to work with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to deliver the Manchester Metrolink extension to Trafford shopping centre via Trafford Park

The JV – made up of Laing O’Rourke, Thales UK and VolkerRail – will also work with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver the expansion of the tram system.

At a meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), council leaders gave the green light for TfGM to continue the contracts with MPT and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff for the delivery and management of the scheme to design and construct the line.

VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke will once again be responsible for the design and construction of the civil engineering and track. Thales will deliver the tram operating systems and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff will continue as TfGM’s delivery partner.

“Together we have developed a tried and tested approach to delivering our award winning expansion programme,” said TfGM’s Metrolink director Peter Cushing.

“We have achieved a phenomenal amount since 2008 with bigger and better things still to come, so I’m pleased our award winning partnership will continue with the expansion of the Trafford Park line.”

The new 5.5km Trafford Park line, which will increase the size of the Metrolink network to more than 103km served by 99 stops, will branch off from the existing Pomona stop and call at six new tram stops at key destinations, including Wharfside, close to Old Trafford.

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