Commuters taking the Met today found that there were changes to their journey to MediaCity with the temporary closure of the Eccles Line between Cornbrook and Eccles, including the MediaCityUK spur. The closures will be in place until August 9th.
Meanwhile the Metrolink’s Trafford Park Line advanced further this month with track laying at intu Trafford Centre, the final destination of this major new extension.
The £350m Trafford Park Line extension, which is due to open in 2020, will add a further 5.5km and six stops to Metrolink. The new line is being funded by Greater Manchester’s Devolution Deal, which was signed by the city-region’s leaders in 2014. Trafford Council are providing £20m towards the project.
Cllr Mark Aldred, Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “Track laying at intu Trafford Centre is another large symbolic step forward for the Trafford Park Line. The great progress we have made so far is due to the hard work, expertise and co-operation of everyone working on this project, including Trafford Council, MPT, intu Trafford Centre, EventCity and the Peel Group.
“Trafford Park and intu Trafford Centre are two of the economic hearts of our city-region. When it is open the new line will provide a vital link to them and the jobs, cultural attractions and shopping along the route. This means people will have a real alternative to driving, meaning fewer cars on the road, less congestion and less pollution.”
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