Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly has announced that people living and commuting in Greater Manchester will soon benefit from extensions to the popular Metrolink tram. This follows the government pledge of £244m towards the £382m cost of the scheme.
By 2012, residents and commuters will be able to use the Metrolink to travel as far as Oldham, Rochdale or Chorlton as new track and new stops are created. Work will also include upgrades, such as rejuvenating disused rail routes for the trams to run on, contributing to faster journey times and more frequent services.
This £244m investment represents the final allocation of the £520m dedicated by the government in 2004 to Greater Manchester transport improvements.
Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive is also constructing a further extension to the Metrolink network, separately funded, to Droylsden in the east of the city.