26 June, 2008 – Tram investment for Metrolink
Greater Manchester Public Transport Authority (GMPTA) has announced it has purchased 28 new trams to run on a series of tram lines. At a total cost of £575 million, the project will see new lines being laid to Droylsden, Oldham, Rochdale and Chorlton.
Each tram is priced at a little more than £2 million and will be put together in a construction partnership between Vossloh Kiepe and Bombardier.
Philip Purdy, a Metrolink director, said: "We’ve got a construction team in place to build the three new lines, and I’m pleased we’ve now reached the stage where we can order new trams to run on them."
Mr Purdy expects 90,000 journeys to take place on the new tram lines every day, so the extra trams, each capable of carrying 200 people, will be needed to satisfy demand.
The lines will lead to a doubling of the tram network and a welcome boost to Manchester’s public transport infrastructure.
Source: Invest in England's Northwest