Next week will see the first of 27 new trams arrive on the Metrolink in Manchester.
The first tram is set to be put into service before Christmas once testing and commissioning has been completed.
More trams will then follow every 3-4 weeks. The new trams will be a boost to capacity and will help with social distancing.
Funded by the Transforming Cities Fund, the £72m contract with Bombardier will see the new trams introduced onto Manchester’s Metrolink network, the same M5000 model as the existing fleet and will enable the Metrolink to run more double trams.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Public safety has, and will remain, my absolute priority as we continue to navigate our way out of this pandemic – and 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.
“We know concerns over using public transport – including social distancing – can be a real barrier that prevents people from travelling, and measures like this will help restore and build confidence in our networks.
“With infection rates across Greater Manchester still high it’s important that we continue to work together to stop the spread so, if you must use public transport, please remember the basic rules – wear a face covering and sanitise your hands when using our buses, trains and trams.”
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