Manchester’s Metrolink celebrates twenty-five years in service today April 6, and what an amazing journey it has been.
Metrolink first started running it’s trams in 1992 when passenger services started between Bury and Manchester Victoria rail station, soon after it started services on the Altrincham line.
Since 1992 the growth has been gigantic, with services in almost every part of Manchester, sadly not yet into Partington! although we once was given assurances that it could be possible.
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee, said: “Having overseen the development of the original plans to reintroduce a tram system to Greater Manchester, I’m immensely proud to see the positive impact it’s made to so many people’s lives.
“It took 10 years to develop the first lines out to Bury and Altrincham, so you could say that today’s birthday is in fact the realisation of 35 years of careful planning and commitment by a great many people.
“Metrolink was developed with the future in mind so it was inevitable that expansion was on the cards. It was absolutely essential that we were able to serve areas where population growth was expected, but to also be flexible enough to adapt to those places where it perhaps wasn’t forecast back in 1982 – like Salford Quays and east Manchester.
“This year has already seen us deliver the Second City Crossing and start work on a new line out to the Trafford Centre and that’s a real testament to the fact that we don’t rest on our laurels. Here’s to another 25 years of growth.”