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Metrolink £102m upgrade gets approval

Plans to upgrade Manchester Metrolink got the final seal of approval by transport minister Tom Harris today as he signed off the last part of a £102 million improvements package.

Mr Harris confirmed that a further £25.7million will invested in the project, which completes the £58m central Government contribution.

The money will pay for renovation works along the existing Metrolink system, including the upgrading of bridges, cabling and overhead lines as well as junction improvements on the Eccles line.

The first round of refurbishment works were approved in July 2006.

Mr Harris said: “This funding marks the last piece of a historic funding package for Manchester Metrolink, which will bring the service up to modern standards.

"The tram is clearly important to Manchester's travelling public and I am glad that it's long term future is now secured."