by Iain Roberts on 25 October, 2018
The tram option relies on some technology called tram-train – allowing trams to run on train tracks. It’s been used on the continent for decades, but never in the UK. A tram-train trial service running from Sheffield to Rotherham finally launches to the public today: nearly three years late and five times over budget, but it’s here. We hope this will give the green light for tram-train to be used more widely, and so give us the option of running a tram service along the existing railway lines through Cheadle and Gatley.
Secondly, a piece of work by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on new stations is finally nearing completion, we’re told. TfGM are identifying locations across Greater Manchester for new rail stations. The work was meant to be completed in June, but is only now getting there. We’ve made the case for Cheadle – if it makes it near the top of the list, it increases the chance of getting Government funding in the next few years.