Trams in Stockport ‘within a decade’ Plans for special ‘tram-train’ system revealed
PLANS to connect Stockport to the Metrolink network with a special ‘tram train’ system have been revealed.
Proposals seek to create an orbital route running from Reddish through the Heatons into Stockport and then through Edgeley, Cheadle Heath, Cheadle, Gatley and Baguley.
The ‘tram train’ technology – which allows adapted trams to use existing rail lines – would see the trams run along the StockportChester line for much of the route.
Tram train supporters say its use in Greater Manchester would reduce cost and inconvenience by minimising the amount of new track laid.
Cheadle MP Mark Hunter said:“Theproposals,backed by Stockport Council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), are a major step forward and there’s a real opportunity to have trams running in a decade or less.
“We have to show strong community support and a good business case to get the funding.”
The proposals come in a rail study for Stockport, published jointly by Stockport Council and TfGM.
In addition to a new orbital tram route from Reddish through Cheadle and Gatley to Manchester Airport, it also proposes introducing a tram service on the Marple-Manchester line, extending the East Didsbury Metrolink line into Stockport and through to Hazel Grove, and improving Stockport rail station.
It also deals with the challenges HS2 will bring – with a proposal to connect the West Coast Mainline with high speed rail to ensure Stockport remains a key hub.
Coun Iain Roberts, deputy leader of Stockport council, said: “Stockport already has strong transport links.
“By further developing the rail network we can take a logical step forward in improving connectivity across the south of Manchester and beyond.”
There are plans to link Stockport to the tram network Matt Ratcliffe