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Work has officially started on the much anticipated £350 million pound  Metrolink Trafford Park line in Greater Manchester.

This project will see a new six stop line, offering speedy transport connections to key business and leisure destinations on a route to the Trafford Centre.

Boosting public transport connections to more than 1,300 businesses at Trafford Park, Europe’s largest industrial estate, taking in other major visitor attractions including Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum North and EventCity.

A series of drop-in events are currently taking place where people can find out more about the Trafford Park line expansion, which will take approximately four years to construct.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, comments:

“It’s great to see the first spades in the ground for yet another Metrolink line. Metrolink is one of Greater Manchester’s major success stories, helping to drive regeneration and boost local economies”.

Trafford Council Leader, Cllr Sean Anstee, said:

“This is a key milestone and supports our plans for Trafford to boost business investment, increase employment opportunities and the local economy. Trafford is an economic powerhouse that welcomes businesses, excellent transport links are a vital part of attracting new investment.”

Plans to link intu Trafford Centre to Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network have been an important part of the Cities ambitions for Trafford Park for since it was built in 1998.

As one of the UK’s largest retail and leisure destinations and a major regional employer, this vital connection between Greater Manchester as a whole and the intu Trafford Centre will play a crucial role in the city region’s ongoing growth and development.

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