Trampower first became known to us some time ago when Andrew Gwynne MP was contacted regarding the trams or light rail on ‘our’ line for a regular passenger service.
Trampower have plans to run trams along the line though Denton and Reddish South from Manchester Victoria through to Altrincham with a station at Cheadle and an interchange at Baguley. Trampower want to connect up Denton to these other Stations as they wish Denton to become an important tram interchange where passengers could then catch a tram over to Sheffield via the Woodhead Tunnel.
We have been concerted a number of times by Lincoln Shields, Business Development Manager for Trampower and we arranged a meeting for October.
Our Chaiman, Alan Jones and senior member Anita Lunn were accompanied by Nigel Gilmore, Head of Transport from Tameside.
This sounds an exciting proposal as Trampower have plans to run trams to Sheffield using the updated developments at Woodhead Tunnel with Denton becoming a terminus for that route; but they also want to run trams along our line from Manchester Victoria.
These proposals are occurring at the same time as the line franchise is up for renewal so there are two major options currently up for discussion.