This is an extension is an extension of Greater Manchester's existing tram network, offering a link from the city centre to a major regional shopping centre
The proposed Metrolink Trafford Park Line will provide
improved public transport and access to employment, business,
leisure and retail opportunities in the area, as well as
connections to the wider, expanded Metrolink network.
Trafford Park has more than 1,300 businesses, employing over
33,000 people, many of whom travel to work by car. Popular
retail and leisure destinations in the area include the intu
Trafford Centre, which attracts over 30 million people a
year, EventCity, the Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays
and Old Trafford.
The proposed Trafford Park Line will offer a genuine
alternative to car travel for businesses, employees and
visitors as well as supporting regeneration and economic
growth. The line is currently in the planning stages and is
expected to be open 2018/19
Currently there are high levels
of single car travel to the centre by both staff and
customers- this project aims to vastly reduce this number by
offering a more sustainable solution.
The whole project is set to cost £350 million
Evidence of success
not yet implemented
The construction of this project encoungered some ecological issues, namely the removal of a roundabout which homed a rabbit colony. this caused a delay to the construction
Potential for learning or transfer
This project has built on a series of successful extensions to the Metrolink network. This Good Practice would appeal to any organisations that are exploring the idea of extending or creating a light rail network. It would also appeal for those looking to implement sustainable transport in urban areas.