The first of Manchester Metrolink’s new trams will arrive in the city in mid-November and should be in service before Christmas.
In total, 27 new trams are on order under a £72 million contract with manufacturer Bombardier Transportation UK and Kiepe Electric, funded by the Transforming Cities Fund, that was signed in July 2018. Once the first tram has arrived, the rest of the order will follow on at 3-4 week intervals.
The new trams are the M5000 model – the same as the existing fleet – and, once tested and commissioned, they will increase capacity on the network by 15%, enabling Metrolink to run more double trams for customers.
Andy Burnham. Mayor of Greater Manchester, commented: “We know concerns over using public transport – including social distancing – can be a real barrier that prevents people from travelling, and measures like this will help restore and build confidence in our networks.
“With infection rates across Greater Manchester still high, it’s important that we continue to work together to stop the spread, so, if you must use public transport, please remember the basic rules – wear a face covering and sanitise your hands when using our buses, trains and trams.”