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Manchester Metrolink's upgrade gets final Government seal of approval

Plans to upgrade Manchester's tram for the 21st century were given the final seal of approval by Transport Minister Tom Harris today as he signed off the last part of a GBP102million improvements package.

Tom Harris confirmed that a further GBP25.7million 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 with a Government contribution of GDP32.3million.

02 February 2008

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