Manchester’s civic leaders have broken ground on the £350 million Trafford Park line.
The 5.5 km line will connect the Metrolink network to the intu Trafford Centre and Manchester United’s home ground, Old Trafford.
Due to open in 2020/21, the line will branch off from the existing Pomona stop.
The project is being delivered by MPT – a Thales, VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke consortium – and WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff. The same partnership built the extensions to MediaCityUK, Manchester Airport, Ashton, East Didsbury, Oldham and Rochdale, and, most recently, the Second City Crossing.
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, said: “It’s great to see the first spades in the ground for yet another Metrolink line.
“Metrolink is one of Greater Manchester’s major success stories, helping to drive regeneration and boost local economies.
“Trafford Park is the largest industrial estate in Europe and deserving of first class transport links – and this new route also takes in other iconic destinations, from Old Trafford to the Trafford Centre.”