Metrolink line to Manchester Airport to open before the end of the year

Metrolink line to Manchester Airport to open before the end of the year

Metrolink line to Manchester Airport to open before the end of the year

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A NEW Metrolink line to Manchester Airport will launch before the year is out – more than 12 months ahead of schedule.

Test trams will begin running on part of the line from June 23, with passengers able to use the new service later this year.

As part of the scheme, a new stop will be built at Sale Water Park, as well as a 300-space park and ride facility.

Several major purpose-built structures have been erected as part of the programme, including a viaduct over the Mersey Valley, two new bridges over the M60 and M56, and the Ringway Road dual carriageway and underpass at Manchester Airport.

Stops include Barlow Moor Road, Sale Water Park, Northern Moor, Wythenshawe Park, Moor Road, Baguley, Roundthorn, Martinscroft, Benchill, Crossacres, Wythenshawe town centre, Robinswood Road, Peel Hall, Shadowmoss and Manchester Airport.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee, said: “The sheer scale of the challenges this project presented make its early completion a truly phenomenal achievement.

He added: “My thanks go to everyone involved: the residents, the businesses, the local councillors and MPs, the contractors, the TfGM and city council officers, and Manchester Airport.”

Andrew Cowan, chief operating officer for Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “We’re delighted that the project will be completed ahead of schedule as the additional transport options open up Airport City to even more people across Greater Manchester, giving us greater connections to areas such as Salford and Oldham.

“We will be aiming to create thousands of jobs with the project and the addition of more transport links, alongside a fourth rail platform which is also under construction, continues to underscore that Manchester Airport is one of the best served in the UK by ground transport.”

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8:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Excommunicate says...

What's the point? As a traveller to Altrincham, arriving at Manchester Airport, I still have to go all the way into Manchester to come out again. Whether I do it by train or "Metro" tram is neither here nor there.

People travelling from Altrincham will no doubt still clog up the car parking everywhere, including Wythenshawe hospital. At least Altrincham hotels and taxis will still be happy.
What's the point? As a traveller to Altrincham, arriving at Manchester Airport, I still have to go all the way into Manchester to come out again. Whether I do it by train or "Metro" tram is neither here nor there. People travelling from Altrincham will no doubt still clog up the car parking everywhere, including Wythenshawe hospital. At least Altrincham hotels and taxis will still be happy. Excommunicate
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9:02pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Altfish says...

There are places other than Altrincham!
The line goes through Wythenshawe, Baguley, Sale Moor; it also passes Sale Water Park where a park and ride has been built.
If you are arriving at the Airport and want to go to the G-Mex/St Peters Square end of town it will be better than the rail link.
We could have done with a new station/interchange on the Altrincham / Stockport line at Baguley and it's a shame that the loop to the hospital had to be shelved. But Manchester is leading the country in light rail - long may it remain so.
There are places other than Altrincham! The line goes through Wythenshawe, Baguley, Sale Moor; it also passes Sale Water Park where a park and ride has been built. If you are arriving at the Airport and want to go to the G-Mex/St Peters Square end of town it will be better than the rail link. We could have done with a new station/interchange on the Altrincham / Stockport line at Baguley and it's a shame that the loop to the hospital had to be shelved. But Manchester is leading the country in light rail - long may it remain so. Altfish
  • Score: -3

11:37am Tue 24 Jun 14

no-one listens says...

I've clearly been living with my head buried in the sand, I had no idea about this new line. I pretty much stumbled across it while out in the car last weekend near Wythenshawe hospital. Whilst i rarely use the tram, (2-3 times a year), I'm sure the new services will benefit many many people. Maybe I'm just getting old and set in my ways disliking change but my first impressions were....
1. If i need to visit Wythenshawe hospital at least i can get there via Clay Lane/Dobbinets Lane. The thought of driving on the road with a tram fills me with dread after all the accidents that occur in Manchester City Center, A place where the only time i visit is to go to the Phones 4 U arena.
2. The poor householders who literally step out of their front gate on to a tram line!
3. If, in parts, the tram is sharing the road with the usual traffic, that's surely going to interfere with the high levels of traffic and cause delays to buses and other road users in those areas.
4. This will be great for people heading to the airport and probably a lot cheaper than a taxi or car parking charges as long as they live along that route. I'm guessing someone on the Altrincham line would need to get a tram to Manchester and then pick up the airport link from there?? if so, that's not so helpful.
5. Maybe the whole idea is to get us off the road and on to trams? Not ideal for someone like me who is self employed and none of my customers live directly along a tram route.
It's pretty impressive to be opening so much quicker than expected. It has it's pros and cons and i guess it's a case of getting used to the changes or avoid them like me! haha
I've clearly been living with my head buried in the sand, I had no idea about this new line. I pretty much stumbled across it while out in the car last weekend near Wythenshawe hospital. Whilst i rarely use the tram, (2-3 times a year), I'm sure the new services will benefit many many people. Maybe I'm just getting old and set in my ways disliking change but my first impressions were.... 1. If i need to visit Wythenshawe hospital at least i can get there via Clay Lane/Dobbinets Lane. The thought of driving on the road with a tram fills me with dread after all the accidents that occur in Manchester City Center, A place where the only time i visit is to go to the Phones 4 U arena. 2. The poor householders who literally step out of their front gate on to a tram line! 3. If, in parts, the tram is sharing the road with the usual traffic, that's surely going to interfere with the high levels of traffic and cause delays to buses and other road users in those areas. 4. This will be great for people heading to the airport and probably a lot cheaper than a taxi or car parking charges as long as they live along that route. I'm guessing someone on the Altrincham line would need to get a tram to Manchester and then pick up the airport link from there?? if so, that's not so helpful. 5. Maybe the whole idea is to get us off the road and on to trams? Not ideal for someone like me who is self employed and none of my customers live directly along a tram route. It's pretty impressive to be opening so much quicker than expected. It has it's pros and cons and i guess it's a case of getting used to the changes or avoid them like me! haha no-one listens
  • Score: 5

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