UK Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced that there are plan on expanding the Greater Manchester tram network through tram-train services, enabling faster, more reliable journeys across the network and cutting congestion. The Department for Transport, Network Rail and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are working to explore a range of proposals for expansion.
This could include an innovative tram-train system in Greater Manchester and underlines a shared agreement on the opportunity for greater local control of transport services. Proposals will be brought forward by TfGM before the summer.
“Metrolink has been transformative for Greater Manchester and I want to see the network expand. A Greater Manchester tram-train also has the potential to seamlessly integrate our existing rail and tram tracks and services. We will work closely to explore proposals which would see Transport for Greater Manchester running more services, underlining our belief in greater local control,” Chris Grayling said.
Using existing rail and tram infrastructure, a Greater Manchester tram-train system could increase rail capacity, reduce congestion, improve air quality and deliver more seamless, frequent journeys for passengers across the city-region.