Laing O’Rourke JV signs contract for Manchester’s Metrolink expansion

WCN Editorial Team 13 Jul 2017 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Transport for Greater Manchester has signed an agreement with MPT, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales, to deliver the £350m next phase of the Metrolink expansion.

WSP will continue as delivery partner of TfGM. Currently, advanced utility works are in progress along the line of the route, which will run concurrently with other enabling works.

The new 3.4-mile Trafford Park line will branch off from the existing Pomona stop and call at six new tram stops at key destinations, including Wharfside, near to Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum and the Trafford Centre.

Work on the new Metrolink line is scheduled to be wrapped up by the end of 2020.

MPT director Bryan Glass said: “The Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales MPT consortium has successfully delivered three main contract extensions for Manchester Metrolink.

“We are therefore delighted to continue as a trusted partner to TfGM delivering the latest phase of the Metrolink’s growth taking the line through Trafford Park to the Trafford Centre.”

Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “It makes absolute sense to continue the award-winning partnership with MPT and WSP to deliver the next exciting chapter in the Metrolink story.

“The phase three expansion programme has without doubt been one of largest and most ambitious transport projects to be delivered in the UK and is unprecedented in the light rail industry in terms of the size and scale of growth.

“I’m pleased that all formalities are now complete - it’s an existing and successful partnership and I know we are in great hands with Metrolink’s latest exciting expansion.”

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