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Developing Greater Manchester’s rapid transit network is essential to keeping the city-region moving and the economy growing.

The Metrolink tram system is one of Greater Manchester’s major rapid transit success stories.

From humble beginnings, Metrolink has expanded to become the largest light rail network in the UK. Services now run on eight lines to 99 stops covering nearly 64 miles.

We continue to explore new ways to expand the Metrolink network and develop new rapid transit schemes as part of the Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040.

In the medium-term (to 2030) new Metrolink lines are being considered, along with potential for ‘tram-train’ services.

Longer-term options being explored include tunnelled ‘metro-style’ services under the city centre.