Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC); a new line running through the heart of the city centre, won the Construction and Engineering Project of the Year at the National Transport Awards.
This M-Pact Thales (MPT) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) project is the latest £165m extension of the Manchester Metrolink and marked the completion of the network’s phenomenal £1.5bn expansion programme, which has seen it grow to three times its original size.
The line, as with the rest of the expansion programme, was constructed by MPT, a consortium of Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Thales, and delivered in partnership with WSP.
2CC offers new links and more frequent trams through Manchester city centre, as well as improved service reliability and greater operational flexibility for a network now responsible for more than 40m passenger journeys a year.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “The National Transport Awards are effectively the Oscars of the transport industry, so to see 2CC scoop top prize is absolutely fantastic.
“This is a marvellous project that has transformed the public transport landscape across the city region, providing resilience and enhancing operational capability on the tram network, which is also enjoying continued growth in passenger numbers.
“A massive thank you from me to all those involved; our staff and that of all our partners and contractors.”