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8 March 2017: Metrolink Director bows out on a high
27 February 2017: Second City Crossing Open
18 January 2016: Metrolink will have a new operator from July
12 January 2017: Metrolink breaks ground for Trafford Park line
Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, and TfGM Committee Chair, Councillor Fender, attended a Second City Crossing preview event on 21 February.
Public services started on Sunday 26 February.
Picture courtesy of TfGM
The man who has overseen the completion of Metrolink’s expansion into the largest light rail network in the country has welcomed his successor into the driving seat.
Peter Cushing has formally handed over the leadership and day to day management of the network to Danny Vaughan, who has been Peter’s deputy since joining Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) from Luas, Dublin’s light rail network, in 2013.
Peter replaced then-Metrolink Director Philip Purdy in January 2013, having previously been involved with overseeing day-to-day operations on an interim basis.
He will continue in a part-time capacity to oversee the change in operator from RATP Dev UK Ltd to KeolisAmey.
Danny has taken up a new role as Head of Metrolink.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said:
“Peter has been outstanding. He has played a vital role in successfully delivering one of the country’s largest transport projects in the Metrolink expansion.
During his tenure – which, with the short-term impacts of the expansion felt most keenly, has been one of the most challenging periods in the network’s history – we have seen record-breaking patronage and year-on-year increases in passenger satisfaction.
That is, quite simply, remarkable and the greatest tribute to his first-class stewardship.
He can be incredibly proud of everything he has achieved and I wish him the very best for the future. While I am sad to lose someone of his standing and calibre, I know the network is in incredibly good hands with Danny.”
“It has been an absolute honour and privilege to be part of the Metrolink team during the network’s transformation. They are a fantastic group of people and deserve a great deal of praise for the incredible things they’ve achieved in recent years.
The past four years has not been without its challenges, but they have only served to make the many successes we’ve shared all the more rewarding.
This year is going to be a fantastic period for the network, with completion of the Second City Crossing, silver jubilee celebrations, and a new operating contract in place.
Collectively, it feels like a fitting point in time to end my tenure and I can think of no better person to pass the mantle to than Danny, given his vast experience in the light rail industry and his fantastic approach to working with all the partners involved.”
On Sunday, 26 February, Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC) opened from Deansgate–Castlefield via St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square to Victoria. This completes the ‘big-bang’ expansion.
Back in 2008 Metrolink had lines to Altrincham, Bury and Eccles; there were 26 T68 and 6 T68A trams.
Now there are also lines to Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton–under–Lyne, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport. A fleet of 120 Bombardier M500 trams serve all lines.
The present operators and maintainers, RATP Dev and MPT, contracts end in July 2017. KeolisAmey’s contract will start in July and run for up to 10 years.
Their appointment follows a competitive process led by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) involving three other shortlisted bidders. It has been ratified by Greater Manchester’s Combined Authority leaders.
KeolisAmey is a joint venture partnership of UK public transport operator, Keolis, and infrastructure asset management specialist, Amey.
Across the globe, they work with public authorities to deliver innovative and pragmatic solutions that create better passenger experiences.
Together, the partnership successfully operates London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR), which caters for more than 117 million journeys a year and has a performance and dependability record that is among the best in mainland UK (approximately 99% of trains depart on schedule).
Keolis is also the operator of Nottingham’s NET (Nottingham Express Transit) tram network, which has achieved the highest passenger satisfaction rating of all light rail networks in the country (98%), and runs the world’s largest tramway, Yarra Trams in Melbourne, Australia.
Work has started on the £350 million Metrolink Trafford Park line. This six-stop line will offer rapid transport connections to key business and leisure destinations on a 5.5km (3.4 mile) route to the intu Trafford Centre.
Trafford Park is the largest major employment zone in Greater Manchester outside the city centre. It is home to over 1,300 businesses and more than 33,000 jobs – with employees travelling from across Greater Manchester and further afield. The route will also take in other major visitor attractions including Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum North and Eventcity.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is continuing its award winning collaboration with MPact-Thales (MPT) and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff on the scheme. They have successfully worked together delivering the phase 3 extensions to MediaCityUK, Manchester Airport, Ashton, East Didsbury and Oldham and Rochdale, with the finishing touches being applied to the Second City Crossing.
Advanced utility works are now underway, which will run concurrently with other enabling works. Some local traffic management measures will be required at sites on Barton Dock Road, Village Way, Village Place and Trafford Wharf Road.
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