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Transport chiefs put pen to paper to seal new Metrolink deal

12 July - Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), MPact Thales (MPT) and WSP have signed on the dotted line as work continues on Metrolink’s latest expansion.


The award-winning collaboration will see MPT - a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales design and construct the extension to the intu Trafford Centre via Trafford Park, while WSP will continue as TfGM’s delivery partner.

The scheme is the first major project to benefit from the GM Devolution Deal, signed by Greater Manchester leaders and central government, in November 2014.

The £350m funding for the scheme - which takes into account, amongst other things, design and construction of the line, land acquisition and utility work - comes from the ‘Earn Back’ deal that was a key component of the Devolution Agreement and a £20 million contribution from Trafford Council.

The contract was procured as a variation to the one that has already seen MPT deliver extensions to MediaCityUK, Ashton, East Didsbury, Oldham and Rochdale, Manchester Airport and the Second City Crossing.

Chair of the TfGM Committee, Cllr Andrew Fender, said: “It makes absolute sense to continue the award-winning partnership with MPT and WSP to deliver the next exciting chapter in the Metrolink story.

“The phase three expansion programme has without doubt been one of largest and most ambitious transport projects to be delivered in the UK and is unprecedented in the light rail industry in terms of the size and scale of growth.

“I’m pleased that all formalities are now complete - it’s an existing and successful partnership and I know we are in great hands with Metrolink’s latest exciting expansion.”

Bryan Glass, MPT Director, said: “The Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales MPT consortium has successfully delivered three main contract extensions for Manchester Metrolink. We are therefore delighted to continue as a trusted partner to TfGM delivering the latest phase of the Metrolink’s growth taking the line through Trafford Park to the Trafford Centre.”

Ian Beaumont, programme director at WSP in Manchester, commented: “We’ve built a strong relationship working with TfGM and MPT to deliver the vision of an integrated transport system across the city and we look forward to continuing this partnership. Our in-depth knowledge of the city and range of technical and programme management expertise makes us best-placed to oversee the next phase of this major infrastructure expansion to the Metrolink system, improving connectivity across Greater Manchester for the tens of millions of commuters and visitors who use the network every year.”

Trafford Park itself is the largest major employment zone in Greater Manchester outside the city centre and is home to over 1,300 businesses and more than 35,000 jobs.

The new 3.4mile (5.5km) Trafford Park line, which will increase the size of the Metrolink network to more than 64 miles (103km) served by 99 stops, will branch off from the existing Pomona stop and call at six new tram stops at key destinations, including Wharfside, near to Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum, key business areas through Europe’s largest industrial estate and to visitor destinations such as Eventcity and the intu Trafford Centre.

Public support for the Trafford Park line was established at a major public consultation in summer 2014, where 89% of respondents were in favour.

Advanced utility works are now underway along the line of the route, which will run concurrently with other enabling works. Work on the new Metrolink line is due to be completed by the end of 2020.

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.


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Notes to Editors

About TfGM:

1. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is the transport delivery arm for Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and its Transport for Greater Manchester Committee (TfGMC).

2. TfGM oversees transport and travel across Greater Manchester, home of the UK’s largest regional economy outside London and a diverse population of over 2.7 million people.

3. TfGM:

  • is responsible for delivering the Greater Manchester Transport Fund, a £1.5bn transport investment package which will drive economic growth and create 21,000 new jobs.
  • owns and manages Metrolink, the UK’s largest light rail network, covering more than 60 miles with 93 stops across seven lines and hosting 38 million passenger journeys every year.
  •  is delivering the Metrolink Trafford Park line, a new extension that will run through Trafford Park (Europe’s largest industrial estate) to the intu Trafford Centre.
  • is responsible for the bus priority package which is improving bus links between Leigh, Atherton, Salford, Middleton and Parrs Wood and Manchester city centre.
  • builds, maintains and staffs bus stations and interchanges, and installs and maintains 12,000 bus stops and 4,000 shelters in partnership with JCDecaux.
  • works closely with 30+ bus operators to ensure high quality services in the right places.
  • is a key partner in Rail North – calling for increased rail devolution for the north of England, and is working to prepare for HS2 and in the £1bn+ North of England programme.
  • manages the road network and co-ordinates maintenance, investment and strategic modelling to keep traffic flowing, as well as installing and maintaining traffic signals.
  • is overseeing an investment of more than £40m into cycle routes and facilities through the Cycle City programme, alongside a wide-ranging  programme of cycling information, education and training.
  • works with Job Centres, job-seekers and local businesses to encourage sustainable commuting.

4. For more information, visit www.tfgm.com.

About WSP:

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,000 talented people in the UK and Ireland and 36,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network. 




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