Public consultation on plans to build a new 5.5km Metrolink line through Trafford Park to the Intu Trafford Centre started today. (GALLERY)
Transport for Greater Manchester is developing the line, which will run from the existing Pomona stop alongside the Manchester Ship Canal before going through the Village area of Trafford Park and terminating at the Trafford Centre. A park-and-ride area is proposed at Parkway Circle.
People will be able to have their say on the proposals over the following 12 weeks, with 14 staffed drop-in events arranged at public venues along the route.
The budget for the project is estimated at £350m and TfGM said that Greater Manchester Combined Authority officials were in the process of applying for funding from central government.
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The GMCA has already approved an initial £37m of funding to get the scheme shovel-ready, which included an order for 10 trams to serve the line.
The route could be built by 2019/20, subject to funding.
Peter Cushing, Metrolink director at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: "This new tram line proposal is great news for the Trafford area. Metrolink will offer excellent transport connections to local businesses, shopping and leisure opportunities along the route – while also opening up links to the wider tram network, which will cover around 92km when the new Airport line opens later this year.
"We're really keen to get people's views on the proposed Trafford Park Line and have already started talking to businesses and stakeholders. I'd now encourage anyone with an interest to take a look at the proposals online or come along and talk to our staff at one of the drop in events."
More information on the proposals and consultation locations is available at www.tfgm.com/TraffordParkLine
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