Manchester Metrolink line opens more than a year ahead of schedule

Manchester Metrolink line opens more than a year ahead of schedule
Launch of £400m airport tram link shows value of not micro-managing everything from Whitehall, says local transport boss

Big transport infrastructure projects tend to follow the same narrative as an episode of Grand Designs. Just as each home builder ends up admitting to Kevin McCloud that they have vastly outspent their original budget and wildly overrun their build time, so do ambitious public transport schemes seem to come in way later and at a far higher cost than originally projected.

But while Berlins airport is now more than four years late and Edinburghs truncated tramline cost £375m more than forecast, on Monday a whole new Metrolink line will open in Manchester over a year ahead of schedule.

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Source: Guardian Transport

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/02/manchester-metrolink-line-opens-ahead-schedule