Manchester

Metrolink replacement trams vote

Tram
Image caption Some of the older trams have been operating since 1992

Plans to buy replacement trams for older vehicles on Greater Manchester's Metrolink could be approved by senior councillors later.

Transport for Greater Manchester, the body responsible for the network is looking at replacing some of its 32 older trams.

The combined authority is being asked to buy 12 new trams at a possible cost of £24m.

If the scheme is approved commuters could see replacements in a year.

The plans centre on replacing some its fleet of 32 T68 trams, which have been in operation since Metrolink's opening in 1992.

These trams have a 30-year lifespan.

TFGM has already spent £124m on buying 62 M5000 trams from Bombardier in Vienna, to run on the expanded network and to ease overcrowding.

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