Wednesday 20th of August 2014
The Car Hire Manchester Airport branch are still in shock with how quick this project has come towards completion, with it being so far ahead of schedule.
The new Metrolink line is preparing for take-off as trams arrived at the Manchester Airport station. The project is ahead of schedule by twelve months, with testing under way for a grand opening later this year. Services will initially run every 12 minutes between Manchester Airport and Cornbrook.
Peter Cushing, Metrolink director at Transport for Greater Manchester, said “It was great to see the first trams pulling into the airport station last night as part of a thorough testing and commissioning process for the new line through Wythenshawe.
We’re on schedule to start running the new service later this year, more than 12 months ahead of schedule. The testing process is a key stage of getting the line ready as we test every inch of the route, including road junctions and train drivers, and look to seamlessly introduce the new service to a busy network. With 15 stops on the way, this new line is going to help people right across Greater Manchester travel to some exciting new destinations.”
The arrival of the trams at the airport station marks another major milestone in the expansion of the tram network. Once the line is opened, Metrolink will have a network stretching more than 57 miles and will have 92 stops. Metrolink bosses say the route, which stretches over nine miles, is one of biggest civil engineering projects in the country.
Several major structures have been built as part of the programme, including a viaduct over the Mersey Valley, two new bridges over the M60 and M56 and the Ringway Road dual carriageway and underpass at Manchester Airport. Streetlights and roadsigns along the entire route have also been revamped and a 300-space ‘park and ride’ site is being built at Sale Water Park.