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Manchester Metrolink News 2018

1 February 2018: First track laying on Trafford Park Line
28 January 2018: Metrolink service pattern change
16 January 2018: Crumpsall stop upgrade

1 February 2018: First track laying on Trafford Park Line

Today marked a major milestone for the much anticipated £350m Metrolink Trafford Park Line scheme as the first piece of track was laid at Parkway Circle.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, the Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Sean Anstee and Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee, Councillor Andrew Fender were alongside a number of key attendees to witness this major milestone.

It’s the city region’s first major project to benefit from the ground-breaking Devolution Deal, signed by Greater Manchester leaders and central government, in November 2014. The deal provides earnback funding of up to £900 million over 30 years and has provided funding for the £350 million Trafford Park Metrolink line as part of a joined up transport network right across the city region.

Construction work began in late 2016 and the new line is due to open in 2020. Services will run from the Trafford Centre through Manchester city centre to an improved stop at Crumpsall.

28 January 2018: Metrolink service pattern change

These changes, starting today, benefit passengers with later running trams, better connections and improved capacity and resilience.

*Airport ‘early bird’ services (3am – 6am Monday to Saturday and 3am – 7am Sunday) will continue to terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield.

Trams will continue to operate at six or 12 minutes intervals. Metrolink staff will be on hand at key stops in the first weeks of the new pattern to explain any changes and guide customers.

Passengers will also notice a change to the network map, which has been re-designed due to recent service changes and takes into consideration feedback from customers. Coloured lines have been reintroduced to make it easier to distinguish the services that operate as well as numbered flags.

16 January 2018: Crumpsall stop upgrade

A new pedestrian crossing opened on 3 January; making it easier for passengers to cross the tram tracks and providing track-level access to the platforms - like many other stops across the Metrolink network

Overnight on 14/15 January the former footbridge was lifted out by contractors M-Pact Thales, who completed the works during the early hours of Sunday morning, using a 220-tonne crane, minimising disruption to Metrolink customers.

Removing this 13.5 tonne, 14 metres long, 2.5 metres wide and 2.6 metres high, footbridge was a significant engineering feat and has been captured by time-lapse footage posted by TfGM on YouTube.

This first phase also includes upgrading the stairs on the Bury-bound platform, removing the old lift shaft and disabled access ramp on the Manchester-bound platform. It is due to be completed in March 2018.

There will be a final phase of work before the new Trafford Park line opens in 2020.

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