“With Metrolink we are once again able to demonstrate a track record of delivering major schemes on budget and ahead of schedule,” Burnham says.

The test ride marked the start of LRV testing on a section of the route to intu Trafford Centre. The 5.5km extension to the Metrolink network is being built by M-Pact Thales.

The extension will have six new tram stops serving some of Manchester’s most popular destinations including Old Trafford football stadium, Imperial War Museum North, EventCity, intu Trafford Centre, and Trafford Park, Europe’s largest trading estate with more than 1300 businesses employing over 35,000 people.

The Trafford Park line is the final project under Metrolink’s £2bn 10-year expansion programme, which has extended the network to 93km to serve East Didsbury, Ashton-under-Lyne, Rochdale via Oldham and Manchester Airport.

For more information on global light rail projects, subscribe to IRJ Pro.