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Work ramps up to build new tram line to Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre Credit: Eamonn and James Clarke/Eamonn and James Clarke/PA Images

Work to build a new six-stop Metrolink line to the busy Trafford Park industrial estate and intu Trafford Centre will ramp up this month.

The road closures will be introduced in three phases and will remain in force for approximately three years.

  • From today Mosley Road will be closed south at its junction with Village Way, which will also include a footway closure on the south side of Village Way
  • The second phase will include a closure of Wharf End and Victoria Place, a footway closure of Sir Alex Ferguson Way and a 30mph speed limit on Park Way. This will come into effect on Monday 22 May.
  • From Monday 19 June, Trafford Wharf Road and Village Way will become one way eastbound. Further closures of adjoining roads will also be necessary at times.

Diversion routes will be clearly signposted and local bus services will be re-routed.

Road users are encouraged to allow more time for their journeys.


Teenager spared prison after racist rant on Manchester tram

A teenager has been spared jail but banned from the Metrolink network after a US Army veteran was racially abused on a tram in Manchester city centre.

Aaron Cauchi Credit: MEN

19 year old Aaron Cauchi is the last of three to be sentenced after university lecturer Juan Jasso was told to ‘get back to Africa’ just days after the Brexit vote in June last year. Juan Jasso, who has lived in this country for 18 years, became an unlikely internet sensation when video footage of him standing up for himself appeared online.

Cauchi must pay legal costs and received a criminal behaviour order for two years, which bans him from travelling on Metrolink services across Greater Manchester and associating with the other two defendants.

Juan Jasso was racially abused on a packed tram. Credit: PA

Mr Jasso - who was hailed as ‘Super Juan’ on social media - was applauded by other passengers after he told the three to mind their language. In a victim impact statement read out in court, Mr Jasso said their behaviour was ‘disgusting’ and said he wanted to ‘challenge them’ because children were on board.


Man falls under tram at Prestwich tram station

Prestwich Metrolink station Credit: Google Maps

A man has fallen under a tram at Prestwich causing severe disruptions to Metrolink services between Queens Road and Bury.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said:

We were called to Prestwich Metrolink station at 4pm to reports that a man in his 40s had fallen under a tram. A man has been taken to hospital with injuries that are not thought to be life threatening.

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