TFGM have been given the green light for a new tram line linking the Trafford centre and key locations along the route.
Funding is already secured for the build and a contractor is expected to be appointed shortly.
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has granted Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) legal powers to build the new 3.4-mile line under a Transport and Works Act order. That means work could start on the line this winter, and the route could be operational by 2020/2021. TfGM, which owns the Metrolink network, has developed the plans for the Trafford Park line and will shortly appoint a contractor. The new Trafford Park line, which will increase the size of the Metrolink network to more than 66 miles served by 99 stops, will branch off from the existing Pomona stop and call at six new tram stops at key destinations, including Wharfside near to Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Park and visitor destinations such as EventCity and the intu Trafford Centre.