Metrolink

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Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink tram leaving Manchester Victoria train station

Metrolink, sometimes known as Manchester Metrolink, is a tram or light rail system throughout Greater Manchester. The system is owned by Transport for Great Manchester (TfGM). 

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink departing from Central Park

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink Tram

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink tram

The network has seven lines from Manchester city centre to Altringham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles and Manchester Airport. The Metrolink has 93 stops across 57 miles of standard gauge track, which makes it the lightest rail system in the UK, it is mixed with on street tracks and reserved track that are segregated from other traffic and it is operated by a fleet of Bombardier Flexity Swift M5000s. 

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Old style Metrolink tram crossing Bridgewater canal

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink tram on the Oldham Rochdale line

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink tram crossing the Bridgewater Bridge

The projects have been developed in different phases, known as 1, 2, 3a and 3b. The most recent is 2CC, which started operation in February of this year. Construction work on the Trafford Park line extension from Pomona to the Trafford Centre is estimated to finish in 2020. There have also been proposals from the TfGM to expand with new lines to Stockport and a also loop around track in Wythenshawe. In 2008 Peter Saville collaborated with Transport for Greater Manchester to help them with the re-branding of the Metrolink with its yellow and silver polka-dot design that you will see on the trams today. 

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Metrolink tram derailed

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Merolink rail workers

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

Old style Metrolink tram in rush hour

Metrolink tram light rail transport transportation

A Metrolink tram passing the back of the G-Mex

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