Manchester to Droylsden Metrolink to open in February

The new Metrolink service between Manchester and Droylsden will now open in February having run into delays.

It will begin doing business on Monday 11th February, seven weeks behind schedule, but will offer free transport to locals for three days prior to this.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) committee in charge of Metrolink, attributed the delay to a tram management system not being in place in time.

He said: “We’re now entering the final stages of the programme for the new line to Droylsden, which means we’re getting ever closer to that landmark moment when we open the doors to passengers for the first time.

“The progress we’ve made so far on testing and commissioning has been encouraging, but it’s now clear that we’ll not be able to open for service before the year is out as the tram management system being delivered by Thales has not been available within the prescribed time frame.

“While it’s disappointing to be seven weeks beyond the revised target, we’re confident we’ll be opening the line in February thanks to the interim solution put in place by TfGM. This arrangement is similar to those developed by TfGM which enabled the opening of the South Manchester and Oldham lines.”

Eight new stops will be added to the Droylsden line – New Islington, Holt Town, Etihad Campus, Velopark, Clayton Hall, Edge Lane, Cemetery Road and Droylsden – which will serve the Manchester Velodrome and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

An expansion to add Ashton-under-Lyne to the list will be added by the end of next year.

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Source : Click-Manchester

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