Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

End of the Line for City Fans Hoping for an Early Tram Ride ; Metrolink Hoped to Open Etihad Stop Early but Bosses Have Gone Back to Their Earlier Plan

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

End of the Line for City Fans Hoping for an Early Tram Ride ; Metrolink Hoped to Open Etihad Stop Early but Bosses Have Gone Back to Their Earlier Plan

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MANCHESTER City fans are not set to get an early ride on the new Droylsden Metrolink line.

Bosses at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) had been looking at possibly opening the line from Piccadilly to the Etihad Stadium before the rest of the route opens.

But they have now decided it will be better to open the whole line to Droylsden in a single phase.

Philip Purdy, Metrolink director at TfGM, said sticking with the original plan would cause less confusion.

He said: "We explored the possibility of opening the line up to the Etihad Campus stop first but it's clear that doing so would impact on the opening of the rest of the line to Droylsden.

"That's because it would require temporary works and would affect our current processes, like testing and commissioning and driver training." The M.E.N. told in June how trams had begun tests on the new line amid hopes passengers could start using it later this year.

The Droylsden line was due to open in the summer but problems with a new computer-controlled tram management system could delay it until autumn. …

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