Last of 27 New Metrolink Trams Delivered to Greater Manchester

Metrolink has announced that all 27 of its new trams have now been delivered in Greater Manchester.

This is part of a 72 million GBP investment in the region’s network and the introduction of the franchised Bee Network, which will launch in September 2023.

The M5000 trams were produced following a contract between Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Bombardier Transportation UK – now Alstom – and Kiepe Electric, which was signed in July 2018.

Metrolink Trams
The last of the 27 new Metrolink trams at the Queen’s Road depot

The last of the trams was delivered to Metrolink operator, KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) on 24 September and is now undergoing testing before entering service.

Danny Vaughan, Head of Metrolink at TfGM, said:

“I’m delighted that we’ve now received all 27 new trams which will mean we can boost capacity on the network and attract more people onto Metrolink, as well as other modes of public transport as part of the Bee Network.”

These new vehicles will boost Metrolink’s tram capacity and enable more services to be scheduled during high-profile events.

TfGM’s Bee Network aims to offer an integrated London-style transport system which will include electric buses, trains and cycling and walking infrastructure alongside the improved tram network.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said:

“It’s really important we attract people onto public transport as we build the Bee Network, and Metrolink is a key part of our plans for a more integrated, ‘London-style’ system.

“Metrolink is synonymous with Greater Manchester and, following a decade of investment and growth is now the largest network in the country. We are proud of it, and it shows what can be done when you have local control over something that is run in the interests of the people it serves.”

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