Metrolink: Investment in more rolling stock

Running ‘double’ trams is an effective way to increase the number of passengers conveyed on the service – without requiring extra drivers or alteration to service patterns. However, the limited amount of trams means that many services are ‘single’ trams, even at peak times when they are full to standing capacity. Whilst an expensive capital expenditure, this would be largely a one-off investment – baring maintenance – that would mean a better quality service. With yet another line opening to the Trafford Centre in the future, the throughput of people in the City Zone will only increase, and therefore the increasing the capacity by turning more ‘single’ trams into ‘double trams should be considered.

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