A shared dedication to increasing the Better Manchester tram community thru tram-train services and products, enabling sooner, extra dependable trips around the community and chopping congestion, shall be welcomed via the Shipping Secretary and Better Manchester Mayor lately (25 January 2019).
Chris Grayling will announce on a consult with to the brand new Wharfside Metrolink forestall – a part of the £350 million Trafford Park Line extension supported via govt in the course of the Better Manchester Devolution Deal – that the Division for Shipping, Community Rail and Shipping for Better Manchester (TfGM) are operating to discover a spread of proposals for growth.
This would come with an leading edge tram-train device in Better Manchester and underlines a shared settlement at the alternative for higher native regulate of shipping services and products. Proposals shall be introduced ahead via TfGM prior to the summer season.
Each the Shipping Secretary and the Mayor will even agree at the want for a good, collaborative way to assist free up the opportunity of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, and proceed to make actual development in reforming Better Manchester’s bus community.
Shipping Secretary Chris Grayling mentioned:
Metrolink has been transformative for Better Manchester and I wish to see the community extend.
A Better Manchester tram-train additionally has the possible to seamlessly combine our present rail and tram tracks and services and products. We will be able to paintings intently to discover proposals which might see Shipping for Better Manchester working extra services and products, underlining our trust in higher native regulate.
Better Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham mentioned:
Better Manchester is a rising city-region, however our shipping community and infrastructure is protecting us again. The folks of Better Manchester deserve a shipping device that works for us each now and sooner or later.
Better Manchester leaders lately shared our imaginative and prescient for the way forward for the city-region together with our plan for jobs, houses and enlargement. Bringing leading edge tram-train to Better Manchester with higher native regulate and higher integration of our shipping device is a key a part of this imaginative and prescient and I’m happy that the federal government helps this ambition.
I additionally welcome the federal government’s dedication to operating in combination to ship bus reform and protected the most productive conceivable results for Better Manchester and the north from each Northern Powerhouse Rail and Top Pace 2.
The usage of present rail and tram infrastructure, a Better Manchester tram-train device may building up rail capability, scale back congestion, beef up air high quality and ship extra seamless, common trips for passengers around the city-region.