MANCHESTER: Public gives Trafford Park Metrolink line plans the thumbs-up

Public gives Trafford Park Metrolink line plans the thumbs-up

Transport leaders are forging ahead with proposals to build a new Metrolink line to Trafford Park following an overwhelmingly positive public response to the plans.

Full funding has been secured to build the £350 million line as part of a wider devolution deal for Greater Manchester.

During the 12-week public consultation this summer, 89% of comments were in favour of plans to build the 5.5km tram line through Trafford Park to the intu Trafford Centre. Of more than 1,500 responses received, 6% were neutral and just 5% not in favour.

If the necessary powers are granted, work on the new extension could start as soon as 2016.

Trafford Park is the largest major employment centre outside the city centre with more than 1,300 businesses and over 33,000 jobs, with employees travelling from across Greater Manchester and further afield.

The majority of the line is proposed to run segregated from the highway – providing a reliable, frequent service free from traffic –branching off from the existing Pomona stop and through to the intu Trafford Centre.

Six new stops are planned near to key destinations – Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and Trafford Centre.

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