The final vehicle is one of a batch of 16 vehicles ordered by Transport for Greater Manchester in September 2014.

The M5000s were built by a consortium of Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe. The first vehicle entered service on the Piccadilly – Eccles line in December 2009 and the fleet has grown steadily to support the expansion of the Metrolink network and enable the replacement of the AnsaldoBreda T-68 trams, the final examples of which were withdrawn in 2014.