Manchester Tram & Rail Link announcements

Manchester Metrolink starts Phase 3b

Railway Gazette 22 March 2011

UK:ai??i??Construction work has started on a 3Ai??9Ai??km extension of the Manchester Metrolink light rail network from Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne, following a groundreaking ceremony held on March 8. This is the first of the projects included in Phase 3b of the network expansion programme to get underway.

The work is being undertaken by the M-Pact Thales consortium of Laing O’Rourke, GrantRail and Thales as an option on the existing contract for Phase 3a, which includes construction of a line to Droylsden from the existing terminus at Manchester Piccadilly.

The four-stop Ashton extension will open in winter 2014. It will run on-street to Audenshaw, and then follow a segregated alignment to reach a bus-tram interchange in Ashton town centre. There will be a park-and-ride site for more than 600 cars at Ashton Moss.

Manchester rail link welcomed as a ‘boost’ to region

Funding for a new rail link connecting Manchester’s main stations has been welcomed as a boost to the region.

BBC 23/03/2011

The rail link is part of a wider A?530m plan to improve rail services in and around the city.

Transport bosses said the news was a key step towards providing faster, more frequent trains from Manchester to Liverpool and Leeds.

The Chancellor’s announcement confirmed funding for a short stretch of line known as the Ordsall Curve in Salford.

The building of the curve would allow services to travel between Piccadilly and Victoria, reviving a former plan in the city for a “Picc-Vic” link.

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