TfGM starts testing Ashton trams

Metrolink will introduce traffic regulation changes next week in Droylsden and Audenshaw as it prepares to test trams along the new line to Ashton-under-Lyne.

From Monday 15 July, a number of traffic regulation orders will come into effect, including a new reserved tram-only lane along Droylsden Lane, westbound from Lumb Lane to Williamson Lane.

The changes mean that the highway will be ready for overnight tram testing and commissioning to start later this month.

The new reserved tram-lane will be clearly marked in red, and other changes to traffic regulations are being widely publicised throughout the area.

Letters outlining the changes and leaflets explaining how the reserved tram lane will operate are being sent to all local residents and businesses to ensure local road users are ready for Metrolink.

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester's Metrolink director, said: "We've made excellent progress with the new Metrolink line to Ashton and are well on track for opening the new line this winter, as planned.

"People living or travelling along the route will start to see some changes to road-markings soon as we get ready for trams and cars sharing the highway.

"We'll be starting a comprehensive testing and commissioning programme to get the line ready for passenger services soon. That will include overnight tram tests between Droylsden and Ashton, followed by daytime testing and training to familiarise tram drivers with the route.

The following changes will come into effect from 15 July:

  • Droylsden Road: westbound reserved tram lane between Lumb Lane and Williamson Lane
  • Kershaw Lane: banned right turn for eastbound vehicles from Droylsden Road into Kershaw Lane
  • Moss Street: banned right turn for westbound vehicles from Droylsden Road into Moss Street
  • North Drive: banned right turn for westbound vehicles from Droylsden Road into North Drive

Traffic signal changes will also be made at Kershaw Lane, Gainsboro Road and the Leisure Village roundabout, Ashton Moss.

The Metrolink line to Droylsden opened in February this year. The line is being extended by a further 3.8km to Ashton-under-Lyne town centre, providing additional stops at Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Ashton West and Ashton-Under-Lyne. This section is due to open by winter 2013/14.

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