The new Trafford Park Line development, constructed by MPT - a consortium of VolkerRail, Laing O’Rourke and Thales - was recognised at the 2020 British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA), receiving the Transport Project of the Year award, Health, the Safety and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year award, and the prestigious Project of the Year award.
Over the last ten years, MPT has been expanding the Metrolink system to become the UK’s largest tram network, running to over 100km and 99 stops.
The new 5.5km Trafford Park Line route was officially opened in April 2020, offering sustainable transport links to some of Greater Manchester’s busiest visitor destinations. The new line also runs through Trafford Park, Europe’s largest trading estate and home to more than 1,400 businesses, employing over 33,000 people.
Running for over 30 years, the BICA seeks to recognise and reward the incredible impact that the British construction industry has on society, celebrating the hard work and dedication of the whole project team - including clients, architects, designers and contractors.
The Health, Safety and Wellbeing Initiative of the Year award recognises initiatives that tackle mental health and promote a safe and healthy working environment. The Transport Project of the Year award showcases transport projects that are enhancing capacity, providing better connectivity, or helping to improve the reliability of local, regional or national transport services.
The Project of the Year award is selected from the winners of the excellence in project outcomes categories, and the winner of this award is seen as the most outstanding project of the year.
Andy Pritchard, MPT project leader, said: “Everyone who has been involved on the Trafford Park Line and/or with MPT over the last decade should be immensely proud of this achievement. Our people have helped to shape MPT into the well-established joint venture, and it is our teams who have created the success of the Trafford Park Line.”
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