Philip Purdy - Articles and news items

Key appointment for Metrolink

Industry news, News  •  29 January 2013  •  Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

Greater Manchester’s Metrolink has a new Director, following Philip Purdy’s decision to return to his native Australia in spring…

Get the lowdown on proposed Metrolink stop

Industry news, News  •  4 January 2013  •  Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

An information event on proposals for a new Metrolink stop will take place next week…

M56 to close as Metrolink bridge rolls into place

Industry news, News  •  19 November 2012  •  Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)

“We have carried out a tremendous amount of planning to make sure this work can be done as quickly as possible…”

New Airport line takes off

Industry news, News  •  8 August 2011  •  Transport for Greater Manchester

Work on bringing Metrolink to Manchester Airport takes flight this month, as construction gets underway on the first part of the new nine-mile line…

All aboard for new Metrolink lines

Industry news, News  •  22 June 2011  •  Transport for Greater Manchester

Passengers are set to be aboard Metrolink’s new south Manchester line by the end of the month, Transport for Greater Manchester has announced…

An ambitious future for Manchester’s Metrolink

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.

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…

Generating huge benefits for Greater Manchester

Issue 2 2009, Past issues  •  30 April 2009  •  Philip Purdy, Metrolink Director, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE)

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.