MPT, a Thales, VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke consortium, has been retained by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to design and build the city’s Trafford Park line.
The consortium will work with the authority’s delivery partner, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, to deliver the extension which will serve the intu Trafford Centre shopping mall.
MPT and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff are currently completing Metrolink’s Second City Crossing and previously delivered extension schemes to MediaCityUK, Manchester Airport, Ashton, East Didsbury, Oldham and Rochdale.
The 5.5-kilometre extension will serve Trafford Park, a site which is home to more than 1,300 businesses. The line will branch off from the stop at Pomona and will create six new stops, two of which will serve Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium and the Imperial War Museum.
In a statement, TfGM’s Metrolink director, Peter Cushing, said: “Together we have developed a tried and tested approach to delivering our award winning expansion programme.
“We have achieved a phenomenal amount since 2008 with bigger and better things still to come so I’m pleased our award winning partnership will continue with the expansion of the Trafford Park line.”