Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is set to increase its Metrolink tram capacity by 15% to help provide more space for social distancing.
The first of 27 new Metrolink trams is set to arrive next week, with further trams set to arrive every three-to-four weeks after that.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Public safety has, and will remain, my absolute priority as we continue to navigate our way out of this pandemic – and these new trams will be vital to helping us provide more capacity on Metrolink when we come out of lockdown and once again focus on building back better from this virus.
“We know concerns over using public transport – including social distancing – can be a real barrier that prevents people from travelling, and measures like this will help restore and build confidence in our networks.”
The new trams are being funded by the Transforming Cities Fund, and were first announced as part of the Congestion Deal (March 2018), the city-region’s approach for tackling congestion by improving public transport and providing a genuine alternative to driving.
The £72m contract with manufacturer Bombardier Transportation UK and Kiepe Electric was signed in July 2018.