Manchester: Metrolink Plans

From the GMPTE site:
Construction work to start on new Metrolink line
Published on Friday, 22 May 2009
The first stages of work to build the new Metrolink line to Central Park will get underway next month.
GMPTE is overseeing the construction of the new tram line along the disused railway from Smedley Viaduct to Central Park and eventually on to Oldham and Rochdale.
MPact-Thales, the consortium appointed to design, build and maintain the new lines, has already cleared the route and will start to install drainage in June. Once complete, work on the foundations for the new tram stops can begin.
Work will also have to be done to some of the bridges along the route.
People will be able to find out more about the project from Metrolink officials at a drop-in session at St Augustine’s School, Monsall, on Monday 8 June, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
Philip Purdy, GMPTE’s Metrolink Director, said: “We’ve already done a lot of work to get us to this point but people are going to see a lot more activity in the area over the next few months.
“It’s an exciting development and one that I am sure is going to generate a lot of local interest, so I’d encourage people to go along to the information events that we’ll be holding throughout the project and speak to the team to find out more.”
The project is part of a wider £600 million scheme that will take Metrolink to Droylsden in East Manchester, Chorlton in South Manchester and MediaCityUK in Salford.
Trams will start running from Manchester to new stops at Monsall and Central Park from spring 2011, then Oldham Mumps from autumn 2011 and finally Rochdale from spring 2012.
To find out more about the project, call the Metrolink public liaison team on 0161 244 1555 (open during office hours), or visit www.gmpte.com/futuremetrolink.

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