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Light Rail/Tram News Lead Story: Issue 290 21 Jul 2006

Metrolink phase 3a operation to be part of existing tendering process

By Andrew Garnett

GMPTE HAS?announced its timetable for construction and operation of Manchester Metrolink’s phase 3a expansion following transport secretary Douglas Alexander’s funding announcement earlier this month (Transit July 7).

In early 2004, prior to Alexander’s predecessor Alistair Darling axing the Metrolink ‘Big Bang’ expansion plans, GMPTE had received final bids from two consortia; Greater Manchester Tramways, which included Stagecoach and Virgin Group, and current...

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