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New Metrolink bridge for Bridgewater Canal

21 September 2018

The Trafford Park Line reached another milestone this month with the construction of a bridge over the Bridgewater Canal.

Built adjacent to Park Way the beams for the new bridge were put into place between Friday 7 and Sunday 9 September by contractors MPT. Two 500 tonne cranes lifted nine beams across the canal to create the new structure, which has a span of 29 metres.

The bridge’s deck will be created in the next few months and the rails will be laid early next year.

When it is complete in 2020 the £350m Trafford Park Line extension will add a further 5.5km and six stops to Metrolink, already the UK’s largest light rail network. The new line is being funded by Greater Manchester’s Devolution Deal, which was signed by the city-region’s leaders in 2014. Trafford Council are providing £20m towards the project.

Cllr Mark Aldred, TfGM’s Chair said:

“The Trafford Park Line is a complex construction project and this bridge is just the latest piece to be completed. I’d like to thank our partners, including MPT and Trafford Council, and the hard-working people on the ground who have brought us this far.

“When it is complete the Trafford Park Line will provide a vital link to the jobs, shopping and cultural destinations along the route. This means people will have a real alternative to driving, meaning fewer cars on the road, less congestion and less pollution.”

Lawrence Smith MPT’s Senior Engineer said:

“It’s a testament to the skill and dedication of the people working on the Trafford Park Line that this construction project was completed over one weekend. It may look relatively simple, but this scheme was the result of months of planning to minimise disruption and to ensure we stay on schedule. There are over 250 people working on the Trafford Park Line, from senior engineers to apprentices, which is just another benefit this project is bringing to Greater Manchester and the wider region’s economy.”