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Manchester Metrolink Phase 3 OLE

November 2010 - July 2014

£8.2m

Manchester

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Pod-Trak was contracted by Brecknell Willis & Co to install all of the overhead line equipment (OLE) including Traction Power on the Phase 3 extensions to the Manchester Metrolink.

This links the City Centre to Manchester Airport, Didsbury, Ashton, Media City, Oldham, Rochdale and the new tram depot at Trafford. Works included tying the new OLE into the existing phase 1 and 2 lines over a series of disruptive possessions, and the construction of new OLE over the new track bed.

The Tramway OLE was varied in its construction, ranging from autotensioned traditional catenary systems over segregated areas, to fixed termination trolley wire systems within the public areas. The
extensions included many complex OLE layouts over road junctions and pedestrianised areas. The overhead line works were the largest ever undertaken in a UK light rail environment.

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