Rail (UK)

Test­ing be­gins of new Manch­ester trams

- Manchester · Manchester International Airport · Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet · Queens · Vienna · Austria · Vossloh Kiepe

Test­ing of the first of 27 new Bom­bardier/Kiepe Elec­tric M5000 trams has be­gun at Queens Road de­pot, Manch­ester, ahead of it en­ter­ing ser­vice be­fore Christ­mas. The trams were or­dered in 2018 in a £72 mil­lion deal. They are be­ing built in Vi­enna and de­liv­er­ies will take place ev­ery three to four weeks. Metrolink wants them to lengthen ser­vices in the short term to help with so­cial dis­tanc­ing, be­fore us­ing them to boost ca­pac­ity in the long term. The first tram is moved from a low-loader, hav­ing ar­rived from Aus­tria.

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