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Ticket to Kyoto: 5 European partners, 1 goal

Issue 1 2011  •  25 February 2011  •  GMPTE (Manchester), moBiel (Bielefeld), RATP (Paris), RET (Rotterdam) and STIB (Brussels)

Five European public transport companies have joined forces in a four-year project against climate change. With concrete energy saving measures they aim to introduce the principle of low CO2 emissions as the new standard for public transport companies. The name of the project: Ticket to Kyoto (T2K).

Ticket to Kyoto is a good example of pan- European cooperation in the public transport sector. The five partners work together constructively to exchange high level ideas, realise quick wins and draw-up long-term strategies from which all parties can benefit. Even though there are huge differences between the five public transport companies, synergy is the magic word. Half of the budget is provided by a grant from the INTERREG IVB NWE. The mixture of experiences, local cultures and day-to-day challenges enriches the outcome for the total project and for each partner individually.

Metrolink one step closer to Rochdale as track-laying begins

Industry news, News  •  7 October 2010  •  GMPTE (Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive)

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 to Supply 14 Additional Light Rail Vehicles to Manchester Metrolink in the UK

Industry news, News  •  5 August 2010  •  Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe, to supply an additional 14 BOMBARDIER FLEXITY Swift light rail vehicles to GMPTE’s Metrolink system…

Contractors appointed for Metrolink extensions

Industry news, News  •  4 August 2010  •  GMPTE

This week has been a landmark for Manchester’s Metrolink system as contractors were appointed to construct new Metrolink lines to Oldham & Rochdale town centres & to Manchester Airport…

Greater Manchester’s light rail revolution

Issue 4 2007, Past issues  •  9 August 2007  •  Jeff Done, GMPTE’s Metrolink Team Leader

Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network has become one of the most successful light rail schemes in the UK since it began operating in 1992. Passengers now make around 55,000 journeys on the service every day; that’s nearly 20 million each year.

There are three Metrolink lines which run from Manchester to Bury in the North of the county, Altrincham in the South-West and Eccles in the West. The Bury and Altrincham lines, which replaced heavy rail routes, were the first to open and the Eccles line followed in 2000. Metrolink runs through the heart of Manchester city centre and links the two main train stations at Victoria and Piccadilly.