VolkerRail wins at Light Rail Awards

The MPT Consortium, formed of VolkerRail, Laing O'Rourke and Thales, has been named UK Project of the Year and Supplier of the Year (over €10 million) at the International Light Rail Awards. The MPT Consortium was tasked by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) with delivering the £900m expansion programme for the Manchester Metrolink network. 

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The judges' comments included: "Nobody should underestimate the scale of the project to extend Manchester Metrolink so dramatically and in such a relatively short space of time. Integrating further new vehicles, so many new lines and a new depot and control centre, while maintaining consistent services is an epic achievement. This is a perfect example of client, contractor and operator in harmony - one big, close-knit family that is helping to deliver the largest light rail expansion project in the UK. This is a true flagship project for the country." 


The contract is part of a £1.5 billion programme to modernise and enhance Metrolink. Work is well on track across the city, with the latest section opening to passengers this week, several weeks ahead of schedule. The new network covers almost 50 miles, serving 73 stops.