As Manchester’s light rail network reaches a quarter-century of operation, TONY MILES charts its expansion and looks ahead to what the future may hold

On 6 April 1992, the first Metrolink trams began carrying passengers between Manchester’s Victoria station and Bury. A couple of weeks later, on 27 April, trams returned to Manchester’s streets as services were extended to G-Mex (subsequently renamed Deansgate- Castlefield), with through running to Altrincham from 15 June. Finally, the short branch to Piccadilly station opened on 20 July, connecting the City’s two main stations by rail slightly over 150 years after the need for a railway link was first proposed.

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