Hydrock supporting Manchester Metrolink extension to Trafford Park

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Hydrock has been appointed to provide geo-environmental services to assist MPact-Thales (a joint venture comprising Laing O’Rourke, Volker Rail and Thales) during the £350m delivery of the Metrolink extension from Manchester to Trafford Park.

The new line consists of 5.5km of segregated twin track between the existing Metrolink tram stop at Pomona (south west Manchester) and intu Trafford Centre. It will create six new stops at Wharfside for Old Trafford, the Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Park Village, Parkway, EventCity and at the Trafford Centre. Construction began in early 2017, and the extension is due to be operational by 2020.

Trafford Park itself is the largest major employment zone in Greater Manchester outside the city centre and is home to over 1,300 businesses and more than 35,000 jobs.

Our work will comprise contaminated land risk assessment and materials management support to Laing O’Rourke, including production of a remediation strategy, materials management plan and asbestos management plan, controlled waters risk assessment, and liaison with the regulators.

The new route will provide improved public transport and access to employment, business, leisure and retail opportunities in the area, as well as connections to the wider, expanded Metrolink network.

Project Lead for MPact-Thales, Andy Smith, commented: “Hydrock has provided us with excellent service."