by Iain Roberts on 25 January, 2019
As the Guardian reports:
Grayling said he and Network Rail saw tram-trains as part of the solution to chronic capacity problems in central Manchester.
During a meeting with Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, on Friday, the transport secretary said: “There is several hundred million pounds set aside for the centre of Manchester in the next few years to ease capacity problems and I want to make sure we spend that in the best possible way.”
The mid-Cheshire line from Stockport through Cheadle and Gatley to Altrincham could be the first tram-train line.
“The Liberal Democrats are campaigning to bring a rail service to Cheadle. How that happens will be decided by government ministers, not local councillors, but it must happen,” said Cllr Graham Greenhalgh. “If ministers fund a new station for Cheadle and give us a train service, we will take it. If they fund a tram-train service, we will take that. The option we will not accept is to do nothing.”13 Comments