A contractor for the new £350M tram line in Manchester is to be appointed shortly, after the government gave the scheme the green light.
A spokeswoman for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) said it was “moving fast” to appoint a contractor for the new 5.5km Trafford Park Metrolink line.
Works on the line could start this winter and it could be operational by 2020/2021. Funding has already been secured by Greater Manchester Combined Authority through the “earn back” funding arrangement as part of the Greater Manchester devolution deal.
Mott MacDonald has provided the engineering for the link, the environmental assessment was done by Aecom. Systra carried out the transport modelling and the project’s architects were Austin Smith Lord.
The scheme will have six new stops, which are Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and Trafford Centre. Most of the new route is not on roads.
“This new line will boost our economy and bring us closer to our goal of a world class transport system for Greater Manchester. I look forward to seeing the first shovel in the ground this winter,” said the mayor of Greater Manchester Tony Lloyd.
Metrolink is now largest light rail network in the UK, carrying passengers for more than 35M journeys a year.