STALYBRIDGE MP Jonathan Reynolds has confirmed transport bosses are contemplating extending the Metrolink tram service to Stalybridge.
Currently, Metrolink’s 3B line terminates in Ashton, approximately 100 metres from the train station.
Posting on his Facebook page Mr Reynolds writes: “I am very pleased to receive this letter from Transport for Greater Manchester.
“I have been pushing for the extension of Metrolink from Ashton to Stalybridge for some time now, because it would boost our economy and improve local connections and job opportunities.
“I’m interpreting this letter as a cautious confirmation that if TfGM can make the case for the resource, trams for Stalybridge could be on the cards.
“I’ll keep campaigning til we get to ride on the first one!”
The letter, signed by Simon Warburton, TfGM’s transport strategy director, says: “Amongst a range of alternative transport solutions, options that are being explored include an extension of the current Metrolink line from Ashton-under-Lyne to Stalybridge.
“We are keen to ensure that our thinking closely aligns with the current work being undertaken by Tameside MBC on the redevelopment of Stalybridge town centre.
“This work is at a very early stage and I anticipate we will begin to review this and other options with GMCA members over the coming months in preparation for an updated 2040 Strategy Delivery Plan which we aim to publish this summer.”
At this stage there is no indication whether the tram extension would be a road-based scheme, as is the rest of the line into Manchester Piccadilly, or if it would be incorporated alongside the existing train track to Stalybridge station.