It looks like the proposed extension of Manchester Metrolink to the Trafford Centre may be about to get the go-ahead with funding coming through the “Earnback” scheme. The Metrolink extension is one of two transport schemes which Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership would like to see funded in this way initially.
Greater Manchester is the first area in the country who have reached agreement with the government on the “earnback” deal which enables them to invest in projects they feel are the most important. When these projects lead to extra tax revenues being generated Greater Manchester can then claim up to £30 million more to put into new projects.
Following discussions with the ten town halls which make up Greater Manchester the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership would like to see the Trafford Centre Metrolink line and a road scheme which would link the A6 at Hazel Grove to Manchester Airport.
It appears that the road scheme is the top priority for the area but after this is funded the Metrolink line should soon follow. However, like all schemes such as this it is likely to be sometime in the future before the plans are confirmed, funded and constructed started.