Launch date set for trams to Manchester Airport ….

Posted on October 14th, 2014, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes:

Services on Metrolink’s new line to Manchester Airport will open to passengers on Monday 3 November – well over 12 months ahead of schedule.

The final stage of a thorough pre-launch process will start on Monday 20 October when test trams will start to run out of service between Cornbrook and the airport every 12 minutes – which is how often trams will run on the line from launch. This will bring changes to first and last trams across the network and passengers are advised to check the Metrolink website from Monday (20 October) to see if and how their first or last services are changing.

Trams from the airport will run as far as Cornbrook initially until Metrolink’s transformational Second City Crossing opens in 2017 and unlocks extra track capacity through the city centre.

Journeys from the Airport to Cornbrook, where passengers can connect with frequent services to stops across the network, will take around 45 minutes and will effectively double the number of trams running between St Werburgh’s Road and Cornbrook.

A driver’s eye view of the journey from Cornbrook (speeded up to take just 2½ minutes) is available here.

A 300-space park and ride facility – free for Metrolink passengers to use – will open at the Sale Water Park stop, conveniently located just off Junction 6 of the M60. The 14½km Airport line will bring the size of the Metrolink network – owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – to 92½km (57½ miles), serving 92 stops. Footage of the M60 bridge installation – one of several major structures created for the new line – is available here.

Full details are on the TfGM website.

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