MPT to deliver extension for Manchester tram project

Transport infrastructure consortium M-Pact Thales (MPT) has been awarded the contract to provide the new Manchester Airport link and extensions through Oldham town centre and into Rochdale town centre, as part of the ongoing programme to deliver a tram system around Manchester.

Construction work for this additional £275m extension has already begun, with MPT carrying out all the design, construction and maintenance work for the new lines.

Construction firm Laing O’Rourke and railway infrastructure company VolkerRail will deliver civil and rail infrastructure requirements.

French electronics company Thales will provide all engineering works for the electrical systems, including power and overhead-line equipment, and the tram operating system, under a standalone contract.