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Making way for Metrolink

Since 2007, we have been working closely with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to expand the Metrolink system throughout Greater Manchester.

In 2008, work started on Phase 3 – the expansion of the Metrolink network to include Ashton-under-Lyne, Rochdale, Oldham, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport.

To make way for the new trams, utility companies, including ourselves and water, wastewater, gas and telecoms had to divert our existing equipment.

We developed a programme of works to divert and relocate all of our underground electricity cables and substations and our Energy Solutions team managed the project from initial design proposals through to construction, delivery and commissioning. This was completed ahead of schedule and under budget in 2014.

In late 2013 the team focused their efforts on delivering a second city crossing through the city centre of Manchester, known as “2CC”.

This major project presented many challenges in regards to traffic and pedestrian management.

We also encountered a number of engineering obstacles from having to divert our equipment at the same time as other utility companies, as well as managing the project alongside other construction projects in Manchester city centre.

Working closely with Transport for Greater Manchester, Manchester City Council and other utilities, we created and installed innovative multi-utility trenches, in order to manage the project more efficiently.

With the help of our delivery partners Excalon and T Sumner Smith, we proposed the use of global traffic management, which included temporary bridge structures to maintain traffic flow and pedestrian footfall in the busy Manchester city centre,

Currently, we are near completion of diversion works for “2CC” and we are really looking forward to the next phases beginning, including the proposed Trafford Park line, which is due to commence later this year.

If you have any queries or would like to know more about the project, please contact us

(Photos below courtesy of T Sumner Smith)

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