Electricity North West hooks up Manchester Metrolink extension

Electricity North West has begun the installation of 22km of new power lines as part of a £350 million extension to the Manchester Metrolink.

Electricity North West hooks up Manchester Metrolink extension

The network operator is leading the construction of 3.2 km of “innovative” multi-utility trenches which will host up to 40 pipes and ducts for the provision of electricity, gas, water and telecommunications.

“It’s our responsibility to keep the lights on for five million homes and businesses across the North West and to also connect communities by investing in essential major transport projects like the new Metrolink expansion,” said Electricity North West asset diversions manager Adrian Devine.

“We’re coordinating a fantastic joint utility approach to ensure the project is carried out safely and with minimum disruption as possible to local residents, businesses and commuters.” 

Electricity North West has been involved in the latest expansion of the Metrolink network, which has included lines to Ashton-under-Lyne, Rochdale, Oldham, East Didsbury, Manchester Airport and a second crossing of Manchester City Centre, since 2007.

Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Andrew Fender said: “A key benefit of delivering our phenomenal Metrolink expansion programme is that it has allowed the team to develop innovative and collaborative ways of working, such as the joint utility trench strategy. 

“As a result, we’ve seen substantial cost savings against original estimates for utility diversions.

“We’ve also seen other significant programme benefits, most recently through the delivery of the second city crossing – our new line through the heart of Manchester –  and significantly – the Manchester Airport line, which was completed more than a year ahead of schedule.”


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