AECOM has played a key role in enabling the extension of the Manchester Metrolink, a major light rail system in the UK that will transport 22 million passengers a year. By 2016 Manchester will have the largest tram network in the UK as a result of the Manchester Metrolink upgrade and expansion programme.

AECOM prepared the outline and detailed designs for the Network Rail elements of the enabling works for the scheme. This included changes to the former heavy rail infrastructure along the Oldham loop between Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale to facilitate its conversion to tram tracks. AECOM’s work also involved the removal of a signal box, which is unusual on the UK network, as well as the provision of a new signal box. AECOM designed more than 10 miles of re-signalling as part of the expansion.