Date published: 28 October 2009
An exterior picture of how the new trams will look.
Work to prepare for the arrival of Metrolink in Droylsden is continuing apace - with construction of the new tram line down Ashton New Road due to start later this month.
GMPTE is overseeing a £600m expansion of the Metrolink network which will take trams from East Manchester to Droylsden by spring 2012. People will be able to find out more about the project at a series of drop-in events next week.
MPact-Thales - the construction team behind the project - will begin building the Clayton section of the new line later this month but other work is already taking place in several areas to divert utilities along the route.
As a result, Ashton New Road will be reduced to one lane until mid November. Entrances to Turner Street and Canberra Street will close in November until the end of the year, and this will be followed with further work at junctions with Clayton Street and Dargai Street.
The utility works will also affect the following roads over coming weeks and months:
Manchester Road (between Scott Road and Market Street); Greenside Lane; Canal Street and Craven Street; Davenport Street (between Manor Road and Manchester Road); Manchester Road and Cemetery Road junction; Edge Lane (from the Manchester Road junction up to Bailey Street); Ralph Street; Howgill Street and Bailey Street; Croft Street; Eccleshall Road.
MPact-Thales will start works to build the tramway along Ashton New Road later this month, starting near Clayton Lane and heading east.
Philip Purdy, GMPTE's Metrolink Director, said: "The project is really beginning to grow and there are several pockets of work being carried out across the route as we pave the way for the new tram line to be built.
"We are due to start the initial phases of construction work on the first street-running section later this month, which is a big landmark for us, but there is still a lot utility work to be done in the meantime.
"I'd encourage anyone with an interest in this major project - particularly those living nearby - to go along to one of the drop-in events being held next week, speak to the team and find out more about the work we are doing."
Letters have been sent to almost 9,000 homes and businesses along the route to inform them of the work. People will also be able to find out about the project - and speak to officials from GMPTE and MPact-Thales - at the following drop-in events:
The new Metrolink line will run through the heart of East Manchester, mostly along existing streets, to Droylsden. The four-mile extension will include eight new stops and will run past the City of Manchester stadium and the Velodrome.
The route is due to open in spring 2012, with trams running to and from Manchester every six minutes.
The £600 million expansion of the Metrolink network will also see new lines built to Oldham and Rochdale, Chorlton in South Manchester and MediaCityUK in Salford.