Following on from the proposal for tram-train in Mid Cheshire, we’ve been contacted to let us know that GMPTE commissioned a report in 2007 on the potential for Tram-Train to Greenbank (it seems there’s also a separate report on Tram-Train to Marple).
This report has been released in a redacted form under The Freedom of Information Act. It’s 1.24MB and can be downloaded by clicking on Altrincham-Greenbank Report (REDACTED).
TfGM told the recipient “Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, GMPTE has a duty to supply any information on request, unless there is an exemption. It is TfGM’s policy only to apply the exemptions where there is a genuine risk of harm or prejudice. In such cases, we will still provide information if it is in the public interest to do so. TfGM have redacted the financial information contained in the Altrincham – Greenbank Report as this information is exempt by virtue of S43 of the Act. We cannot disclose the information because we believe it would prejudice TfGM’s ability to get good value for money when dealing with commercial companies. In this instance, we believe that it is not in the public interest to disclose the information to you.” (Seems fair enough – Chairman).
The current position in terms of support is covered in a report submitted to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority on 29 June 2012.
Of particular note is the following relevant text on pages 13 and 14 of the report:
“Rapid transit developments – as agreed in LTP3, a range of corridors will be reviewed by TfGM and Districts for their medium to long-term potential for further Metrolink development, tram-train conversion or other rapid transit development, which would continue to enhance the extent of commuter connectivity in Greater Manchester and offer significant economic/productivity returns. Tram-train is attracting increasing support from DfT, particularly through the committed pilot in South Yorkshire, and would complement the Metrolink programme and the Northern Hub rail expansion proposals, as well as offering scope to better balance the demands of a future devolved railway. Potential investment corridors could include:
• Manchester – Marple via Bredbury (including Rose Hill and Marple options)
• Manchester – Glossop
• Manchester – Atherton – Wigan
• Sale – Altrincham – Hale/Knutsford/Northwich
• Didsbury – Hazel Grove
• Altrincham – Stockport – Manchester
In addition, as part of a wider rapid transit strategy, consideration will be given to any potential enhancements to Metrolink lines or additional extensions to the Metrolink network, alongside any bus rapid transit options which can demonstrate strong business cases that deliver economic growth. This work will also help to ensure that future initiatives offering real potential, such as the onward construction of Metrolink to Port Salford, are safeguarded in wider planning and development programmes, as well as seeking to complement and maximise any opportunities that may be offered in the future”.