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Lib Dems welcome new Metrolink operator

January 19, 2017 12:57 PM

Councillor Kelly and Irene Davidson working to ensure a continued high-quality Metrolink serviceRochdale Lib Dem leader Councillor Andy Kelly has welcomed the announcement that Keolis Amey will be running the Metrolink service from July. He has thanked RAPT Dev UK Ltd for running Metrolink in the period it was extended to Rochdale, Kingsway Business Park, Newhey and Milnrow. He is now seeking a meeting with the new operators to get the best deal for Rochdale.

Andy said: "We have seen first hand the benefits of our first class tram system but we now need to improve what is already a good service. I wrote to all four bidders in March with recommendations on how to improve our service. This included increasing the frequency of trams to every six minutes, improving safety at our stations including better lighting and CCTV, improved parking in places like Milnrow and Newhey and even letting dogs travel on our trams. I am confident that Keolis Amey will deliver what we have asked for and I will ask them to come to Rochdale, hold a public meeting and ensure that we get an even better service that benefits our Borough."

Councillor Irene Davidson, who led the campaign to deliver Metrolink to Rochdale when Council Leader said: "Metrolink has had a positive impact on our town, there's no doubt about it. I know that people have concerns about Keolis and their association with the unpopular Southern Rail but their track record of delivery on light rail is outstanding. Nottingham's tram system which they run is exceptional and has a high passenger satisfaction level - in fact the best of any tram network in the UK. I look forward to them providing a similar service throughout Greater Manchester. It's important though that we open positive communication with Keolis Amey as early as possible."