Philip Purdy - Articles and news items
Issue 2 2011 • 6 May 2011 • Philip Purdy. Director of Metrolink, Transport for Greater Manchester
Bringing people together is one of the greatest benefits of any transport system, and here in Manchester, we’re transforming the city’s iconic Metrolink service to connect passengers with new areas across the region. New routes, new trams and new ticket machines are only part of the ambitious work currently being delivered, which will almost triple the network’s size and improve the passenger experience.
If you take a stroll across Manchester city centre, the chances are you’ll see one of the new yellow and silver M5000 trams that have arrived on the Metrolink network in the past year, bringing a splash of colour to the city.
First introduced in December 2009, the new trams form part of a wider package of improvements across the existing system – owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (formerly GMPTE) and operated by Stagecoach – and are symbolic of the huge changes that are taking place to extend Metrolink into new areas.
The arrival of Metrolink in Rochdale will be one step closer this month, with track-laying work beginning at Rochdale railway station on 25 October…
Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe, to supply an additional 14 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles to GMPTE’s Metrolink system…
It’s a very exciting time to be leading the Metrolink team. Manchester is a world-class city and we’re looking forward to providing a tram system that matches that. There is a huge amount of work going on at the moment on Metrolink.
In fact, we’re investing nearly £700 million on improving the existing system and building new Metrolink lines, which will nearly double the size of the network. We’re expecting the new routes to take five million car journeys off local roads every year, and to increase the number of journeys passengers make on the network by more than 50% to 33 million.