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Tram Line to Manchester Airport completed early

There is a sense of intrigue from staff at Car Hire Manchester Airport, to see how reliant the tram network will be once functioning. 

The Wythenshawe to Manchester Airport tram line will be ready twelve months sooner after Metrolink fast-tracked the project. It will now be launched before the end of 2014, much sooner than originally planned.

Andrew Cowan, chief operating officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said “We’re delighted that the project will be completed ahead of schedule as the additional transport options open up Airport City to even more people across Greater Manchester, giving us greater connections to areas such as Salford and Oldham. We will be aiming to create thousands of jobs with Airport City and the addition of more transport links, alongside a fourth rail platform which is also under construction, continues to underscore that Manchester Airport is one of the best served in the UK by ground transport. As well as assisting staff access the site, we expect that it will also provide another option for the 21m passengers who already use the airport.”

This is believed to transform the lives of many commuters who travel to Manchester Airport and Wythenshawe. Tests have already begun on the track, with the aim time of 12 minutes per tram between the current route between Cornbrook and Manchester Airport, with them running through the city centre once the Second City Crossing is complete in 2017.

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said “The early opening of this vital new line to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport is a tremendous boost for Manchester. For Wythenshawe, it will be a pivotal moment in the town’s regeneration which will significantly enhance its pull as a place to live in and do business. For the airport, which is crucial to the fortunes of the whole of Greater Manchester, it will provide another attractive transport option for customers and improve links with the emerging Airport City development.”

Several new structures have been built as part of the programme, including two new bridges over the M60 and M56. Plus a 300-space Park and Ride facility at Sale Water Park, free for Metrolink passengers to use, will serve the line.