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Manchester Metrolink

The Metrolink tramway/light rail system in Greater Manchester, is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and operated and maintained under contract by RATP Dev Group. In 2014/15, 31.2 million passenger journeys were made on the system.

The network consists of seven lines which radiate from Manchester city centre to termini at Altrincham, Ashton-Under-Lyne, Bury, East Didsbury, Eccles, Manchester Airport and Rochdale. Metrolink has 93 stops along 57 miles (92 km) of standard gauge track making it the largest light rail system in the British Isles. It consists of a mixture of on street track shared with other traffic; reserved track, segregated from other traffic, often running alongside the roadway or in the central reservation and converted former railway lines.

Metrolink is operated by fleet of M5000 trams, the number of which will reach 120 by 2017. The first M5000 trams were introduced in 2009, and replaced the former fleet of thirty-two T-68 and T-68A trams, which had operated the network since opening in 1992, these were withdrawn from service during 2012–14.

http://www.metrolink.co.uk/

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