The opening date for the Metrolink Trafford Park Line has been confirmed

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The official opening date for the long-awaited Trafford Park Line has finally been confirmed

Metrolink will be running trams to the intu Trafford Centre - and five other destinations en route - from Sunday 22 March.

Costing £350m, the new Trafford Park Line will add six new stops to the Metrolink network, which now has a total of 99 separate platforms.

Drivers are currently taking part in a training course ahead of the first public journey on the new track - which offers easy access to popular destinations like Old Trafford stadium and Imperial War Museum North, as well as the intu Trafford Centre itself.

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Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham called the new line "a much-needed addition to the Metrolink network" that "will encourage more people to use public transport" - reducing congestion and improving air quality as a result.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Chief Executive, Eamonn Boylan, said: “A project of this size and scale is a huge undertaking and we are pleased at how smoothly it’s come together, meaning we’re opening the line much sooner than we anticipated.

“We’re very pleased to be welcoming passengers on board and opening up the Trafford Park area for workers, shoppers and visitors. I have no doubt it’ll make a huge difference to the area, particularly to the many local businesses.

“One particularly exciting partnership we’ve developed has been with intu Trafford Centre, and we look forward to growing our relationship in the years ahead.”

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The Trafford Park Line will run from Cornbrook through Pomona, calling at new stations: Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, Barton Dock Road, and finally intu Trafford Centre.

Learn more about the additions to the network on the Metrolink website.

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