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Tram to Trafford Centre approved

A GBP350m tramline to Greater Manchester's Trafford Centre has been given the go-ahead by the government - despite objections from Coronation Street AND Manchester United. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) submitted the plans to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling following a public inquiry last year. TfGM said 89% of people were in favour of the extension plans in a 12-week public consultation in summer 2014.

The new Metrolink 3.4 mile (5.5km) line will go from Pomona to Trafford Park via the Imperial War Museum with six new stops at Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and the Trafford Centre. The cost includes GBP37m for an extra 10 trams.

Funding has already been secured by Greater Manchester Combined Authority through the "earn back" funding arrangement as part of the Greater Manchester devolution deal, although Trafford council is also putting up GBP20m in capital funding. The route, running from the existing Pomona stop on a largely off-street route, is part of a GBP1.5bn expansion programme to see the network triple in size. The extension will increase the size of the Metrolink network to more than 66 miles (106.5km).

14 October 2016


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