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Plans to build a tram line joining Manchester city centre with the intu Trafford Centre have been brought to life in a new fly-through video commissioned by Transport for Greater Manchester as part of a 12-week public consultation on plans for the new line.
The new video takes passengers on a virtual journey along the 5.5km route, which would branch off from the existing Pomona stop on a largely off-street route through to the intu Trafford Centre, providing a direct link to the city.
It shows six new stops:
- Wharfside for Old Trafford
- Imperial War Museum North
- Trafford Park Village
- intu Trafford Centre
Peter Cushing, Metrolink director at Transport for Greater Manchester, said: "We've had a fantastic level of response to our plans for a Metrolink line to Trafford Park.
"Our officers have spoken to hundreds of people at drop-in events along the line and there's still plenty of time for people to have their say on the proposals.
"This video fly-through really brings the tram line proposals to life, showing how Metrolink would give more people across Greater Manchester better access to jobs, shopping and leisure."
Feedback received during the 12-week long public consultation will help TfGM finalise the before applying to government for statutory powers to construct and run services on the new line.
Any comments on the proposals can be made online at www.tfgm.com/traffordparkline, by completing a response form in the consultation brochure, or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The consultation closes on 26 September.
The proposed route runs from the Pomona stop along the Manchester Ship Canal, following Trafford Wharf Road and Warren Bruce Road before running through the Village area of Trafford Park.
It then runs through the Parkway Circle area, where a nearby Park and Ride is proposed, and crosses the Bridgewater Canal before terminating at the intu Trafford Centre.
The new line would also allow for an increase in services for cricket and football match days and events at Old Trafford through a proposed new turn-back facility at Warren Bruce Road – similar to that serving the Etihad Campus at Velopark.
It could be built as early as 2019/20, but this would be subject to the timescales involved with securing both the necessary powers and full funding.