The MPT Consortium, formed of VolkerRail, Laing O'Rourke and Thales, has been named UK Project of the Year and Supplier of the Year (over €10 million) at the International Light Rail Awards. The MPT Consortium was tasked by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) with delivering the £900m expansion programme for the Manchester Metrolink network.
The judges' comments included: "Nobody should underestimate the scale of the project to extend Manchester Metrolink so dramatically and in such a relatively short space of time. Integrating further new vehicles, so many new lines and a new depot and control centre, while maintaining consistent services is an epic achievement. This is a perfect example of client, contractor and operator in harmony - one big, close-knit family that is helping to deliver the largest light rail expansion project in the UK. This is a true flagship project for the country."