TfGM submits funding bid for Metrolink expansion
Transport for Greater Manchester has submitted a funding bid to the Department for Transport to extend the Metrolink’s Airport line.
The Airport line currently terminates at Manchester Airport’s railway station, but the funding bid outlines the potential to extend the line with an additional stop at Terminal 2.
TfGM said the expansion would “align with Manchester Airport Group’s intended expansion to Terminal 2 and the future development of Airport City”.
The Airport line was originally completed in 2014 by contractor MPT, a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail, and Thales.
TfGM will also look into extending the Metrolink from Terminal 2 to the proposed HS2 station at the airport, which forms part of the wider “Western Loop” initiative, subject to the funding and a business case.
The Western Loop could potentially link the HS2 station at the airport to Wythenshawe Hospital and the surrounding area, and is being considered alongside other options to make the airport a transport hub for the area.
These include proposals for a busway and cycleway linking Altrincham with the airport’s HS2 station; additional bus priority lanes on the existing road network; and an extension of the railway station’s platforms to increase capacity.