Overcrowded Manchester Metrolink Tram, Piccadilly, greater Manchester, Lancs, England, UK - Peak travel
Contributor:Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5283 x 2598 px | 44.7 x 22 cm | 17.6 x 8.7 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:7 December 2019
Location:Piccadilly gardens, Manchester, England, UK
Metrolink (also known as Manchester Metrolink) is a tram/light rail system in Greater Manchester, England. The network has 93 stops along 62 miles (100 km) of standard-gauge track, making it the most extensive light rail system in the United Kingdom. Metrolink is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and operated and maintained under contract by a Keolis/Amey consortium. In 2018/19, 43.7 million passenger journeys were made on the system. The network consists of seven lines which radiate from Manchester city centre to termini at Altrincham, Ashton-under-Lyne, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles, Manchester Airport, MediaCityUK (Salford Quays) and Rochdale via Oldham - as well as to the Trafford Centre in the near future, as part of the Trafford Park Line set to be opened in 2020/21. It consists of a mixture of on-street track shared with other traffic; reserved track sections, segregated from other traffic, and converted former railway lines. It is operated by a fleet of Bombardier Flexity Swift M5000s. With increased tram traffic brought about by the expansion of the Metrolink network, it became necessary to build a new route across Manchester City Centre to alleviate congestion and improve capacity. Known as the Second City Crossing (or 2CC), the project involved laying 0.8 miles (1.3 km) of tram tracks from St Peter's Square tram stop via Princess Street, Albert Square, Cross Street and Corporation Street to rejoin the original Metrolink line just before Victoria station. One new tram stop was built at Exchange Square. The project also involved re-ordering St Peter's Square and re-siting the Cenotaph to accommodate an enlarged tram interchange and junction. Construction began in 2014, and the 2CC route opened fully in February 2017