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More Metrolink extensions: Didsbury and Ashton get connected

It's not all bad news on the trams

Published on March 8th 2010.


More Metrolink extensions: Didsbury and Ashton get connected

We got this press release today.

'Construction work on new Metrolink extensions in Tameside and South Manchester has been given the green light by the Department for Transport.

A better assessment of Metrolink's history might be that it's gone from strength to strength to average, to piss-poor, to a bit better than crap, to full stop in the Coldest Winter since Mammoths Roamed the World, to sporadically efficient.

'Transport Minister Sadiq Khan today announced the government’s full approval of plans to extend the Metrolink from Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne in Tameside and from Chorlton to Didsbury in South Manchester .

'A further eight new trams will be ordered to serve Greater Manchester’s expanding Metrolink network, six of which will be funded by the DfT. In addition funding has also been provided for two new Park and Ride sites at Ashton Moss and Ashton West able to accommodate over 600 cars in total.

'The new Metrolink line from Piccadilly to Droylsden, which is currently under construction, will be extended a further 3.9km to Ashton-Under-Lyne town centre. The extension will have new Metrolink stops at Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Ashton West and Ashton-Under-Lyne .

'The new Metrolink line from Piccadilly to Droylsden, which is currently under construction, will be extended a further 3.9km to Ashton-Under-Lyne town centre. The extension will have new Metrolink stops at Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Ashton West and Ashton-Under-Lyne .

'GMPTE will now appoint contractors for the Metrolink extensions in Tameside and South Manchester . Detailed design and preparatory works will now be carried out, and local approvals secured, with construction work starting early next year.

'Both extensions are part of the Greater Manchester Transport Fund, a £1.5 billion investment programme covering 15 major transport schemes for Greater Manchester.

'Councillor Keith Whitmore, chair of the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA), has welcomed the news.

'He said: “GMITA created the Greater Manchester Transport Fund in May 2009 to provide a public transport system that will help the economy of Greater Manchester to keep growing. Today’s announcement by the Minister alongside the order for an additional eight trams marks another step towards achieving our ambitions for the future of the city region’s public transport network.”

'Councillor Ian Macdonald, Vice Chair of GMITA, said: “We were the first authority to bring trams back to city streets, and this announcement is testament to the success of that decision. Metrolink has gone from strength to strength since it opened in 1992 and I’m delighted that we’re now going to see it expanded even further.”'

Let's leave the press release for a minute and ponder whether Cllr Macdonald has been using the tram system in the last eighteen months.

A better assessment of Metrolink's history might be that it's gone from strength to strength to average, to piss-poor, to a bit better than crap, to full stop in the Coldest Winter since Mammoths Roamed the World, to sporadically efficient.

Now Confidential wants the best light rail system for Manchester in the country, of course we do. We wait with keen anticipation, bated breath and crossed fingers that when the dust settles on all the extension and renovation work this is what Greater Manchester will have. But a dose of reality from Councillors in positions of responsibility, even on official press releases, wouldn't go amiss. Otherwise the people of Greater Manchester might consider them complacent. God forbid that.

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19 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AgricolaMarch 8th 2010.

EDITORIAL: Now, now, no personal comments please

Thomas MemMarch 8th 2010.

EDITORIAL: Part II. Now, now, no personal comments please

Charlie BMarch 8th 2010.

EDITORIAL: Part III. Now, now, no personal comments please

Adam RichmondMarch 8th 2010.

I see the IQ of the readership is as high as normal then.

ArtfuldodgerMarch 8th 2010.

EDITORIAL: Part IV. Now, now, no personal comments please

Simon ManningMarch 8th 2010.

It's a bit rich calling that stop "Withington" - it's at Hough End which is a good 15 min walk from the centre of Withington village.

DescartesMarch 9th 2010.

That's not Didsbury, that's Burnage - it's clearly obvious from the map.

Tyson ThebeerhoundMarch 9th 2010.

Two points really. It's going to go to more places no one really wants to go-Audenshaw etc whilst the existing infrastructure still needs sorting out. Quality please, not quantity.

Dave SpannerMarch 9th 2010.

To be fair plenty of people probably want to get out of Audenshaw, they should get a chance.

Brian JenkinsMarch 9th 2010.

It's alright...just alright. Compared to tram systems throughout the rest of Europe it's laughable though.
Is 8 new trams nearly enough?..Doubt it very much.
Will they run when it get's to minus 5?..mmmm.
I was on a tram to Alty the other saturday night, the driver came walking down the tram telling everyone to get off because one passenger wouldn't pay. It was like seeing a spoilt child throwing his toys around after being refused more chocolate drops. Why not sell tickets at news agents etc and just activate them as you get on?..It works throughout Europe..why not here?

Brian JenkinsMarch 9th 2010.

And I still say that the most recent posts should go to the top, NOT the bottom of the post threads!..What say Mr Ed!?

Jonathan Schofield - editorMarch 9th 2010.

Disagree Jenks. Our, admittedly distinctive, way makes people read all the way down them, taking in people's gems of wit and wisdom - or any other nonsense they've thrown at us.

NortherngeezerMarch 9th 2010.

Your right Jonathan, a big part of this site is the rants and what people write, its natural to read them top to bottom, not the other way round. I suspect also that folks are getting used to the new format of the site too, navigations easy now, after using it for a couple of months.

MetrostinkMarch 9th 2010.

Thanks Metrolink for ruining the peaceful existence of many West Didsbury and Didsbury residents by running the line withing feet of their houses - I can only hope someone decides to build a railway line at the end of the idiots who allowed this' gardens

HarryMarch 9th 2010.

You daft person it follows a rail line which for a century also apparently ruined the equilibrium of the locals. That's part of living in a city. And it could be worse you could be living next to a farm. A tram to Didsbury is a grand idea. And you get great access around the city too.

Man ChesterMarch 10th 2010.

Oh dear Metrostink, heaven forbid a modern transport system being built on people's doorsteps! Horse and stagecoach forever...but I guess you never have reason to leave Didsbury eh?

John HarrisMarch 11th 2010.

Metrolink to Didsbury? I'll believe it when I see it... <br><br>This was supposedly about to happen when I first moved to Manchester in 1999. Has anyone noticed that the country is bankrupt and whoever wins the election is going to take a chainsaw to spending plans?

AnonymousMarch 11th 2010.

You should not believe what you read in the papers John. Like houses you don't finance Tramlines out of spending

Lord of the PiesMarch 16th 2010.

Cool!

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