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Success for Manchester Metrolink at the National Rail Awards

MPT, a joint venture of VolkerRail and Laing O’Rourke, and Transport for Greater Manchester were among the winners at the 2015 National Rail Awards, after receiving the Civil Engineering Achievement of the Year award for the work completed on Manchester Metrolink’s new Airport Line.

The £400m, 14.5km-long Airport Line, which opened in November 2014, was highlighted as a project that had not only been delivered a year ahead of schedule, but also one that had strong environmental management and had engaged and communicated effectively with communities.

Judges were complimentary of the scale and nature of the work, highlighting the successful installation of two new 580 tonne motorway bridges, the 337m long viaduct; over the Mersey Valley and the remodelling of 28 highway junctions.

This is the first time a tram scheme has been recognised with an award at the National Rail Awards.

MPT, project director Peter Jones said: “The team has worked so closely together to deliver successfully over the past seven years and it’s great to get this national recognition.”

Transport for Greater Manchester’s chief executive officer, Dr Jon Lamonte, said: “The Metrolink Airport line provides a vital connection between Manchester city centre, Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport, improving access to thousands of jobs. It really is a transformative project that delivers real economic benefits to Greater Manchester, and one that we completed a whole year ahead of schedule.”

Held annually, the National Rail Awards recognise and celebrate the best people, organisations, stations and projects in the railway industry.