Metrolink on the move

24 April 2013  •  Author(s): Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director, Transport for Greater Manchester

2013 promises to be a key year for Greater Manchester’s tram system – Metrolink. It marks the half-way point of a £1.4 billion expansion of a network that has seen over 300 million journeys made on its trams since it first opened over 20 years ago. I’m delighted to be taking over as Metrolink Director at such an exciting time and looking forward to the challenges ahead.

The Metrolink network is undergoing the most significant change in its history and will soon become the biggest light-rail system in the UK.

When Metrolink opened in 1992, it consisted of 30km of track, 27 stops, 26 trams and one depot. The system will very soon have trebled in size – with an entirely new fleet of 94 trams, two depots and a network covering 97km of track and 99 stops.

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