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Manchester’s new trams will boost capacity

Transport for Greater Manchester is expecting the first of 27 new Metrolink trams to arrive next week, boosting capacity on the network.

The first tram will be put into service before Christmas, once testing and commissioning is complete, with further trams set to arrive every 3-4 weeks after that.

The new trams will be the same M5000 model as the existing fleet. They are being funded by the Transforming Cities Fund, and were first announced as part of the Congestion Deal (March 2018), the city-region’s approach for tackling congestion by improving public transport and providing a genuine alternative to driving.

Once tested and commissioned, they will increase capacity on the network by 15%, enabling Metrolink to run more double trams for customers.

The £72 million contract with manufacturer Bombardier Transportation UK and Kiepe Electric was signed in July 2018.  Once tested and commissioned, the new trams will increase capacity on the network by 15%, enabling Metrolink to run more double trams for customers.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “These new trams will be vital to helping us provide more capacity on Metrolink when we come out of lockdown and once again focus on building back better from this virus.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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