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Lots of shiny new trams, but where are all the passengers?

Patronage on three recently-opened extensions to the Metrolink light rail system in Greater Manchester is less than half the business case forecasts, according to Transport for Greater Manchester.

Andrew Forster
08 July 2016


POST-OPENING evaluations are a requirement for many major transport schemes nowadays and a new report published by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)  presents a ‘one year after opening’ evaluation of three extensions to the conurbation’s Metrolink light rail network. The extensions – to Oldham and Rochdale town centres; East Didsbury; and Ashton-under-Lyne – are part of the wider Metrolink Phase 3 expansion programme. They were part-funded by the DfT and...

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