Chorlton tram line open for business

Tram at St Werbugh's Road
Image caption The journey from St Werburgh's Road to St Peter's Square takes about 15 minutes

An extension to Greater Manchester's tram network has opened following the completion of testing and commissioning work.

The new line will stop at St Werburgh's Road, Chorlton and Firswood.

It is part of a £1.4bn expansion which will see the tram network triple in size, with the number of trams rising from 30 to about 100.

The network is also due to expand to Oldham, Rochdale, Ashton, Droylsden and Manchester Airport in the coming years.

There are also plans for a second line to cross Manchester city centre.

The journey time from St Werburgh's Road to St Peter's Square is approximately 15 minutes.

Trams run 0600 to 2345 Monday to Thursday, 0600 to 0045 Friday and Saturday and 0700 to 2245 on Sundays.

Councillor Andrew Fender, chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "It is both an historic occasion and a sign of the exciting future in store for the network, as we continue our £1.4bn expansion - the single biggest investment in public transport outside of London.

"Residents and businesses have been eagerly awaiting this news and I would like to thank them for their patience, understanding and continued support while we completed the essential testing and commissioning."

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