UK water first for Metrolink

Manchester's Metrolink has become the first tram system in the UK to be powered using water.

Bosses at Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) signed a deal on Monday with Scottish and Southern Energy to use hydroelectricity to run the trams on the northern city?s streets.

Metrolink, which claims it is already eco-friendly as it does not produce air pollution at street level, said using hydroelectricity to power the trams will substantially cut its CO2 emissions.

Philip Purdy, GMPTE's Metrolink director, said: "About a quarter of the UK's carbon emissions come from transport, and we want to do our bit to reduce them.

"Anyone who travels on Metrolink instead of using their car is already helping to fight climate change as trams are nearly four times better for the environment. Using hydropower will make them even more environmentally friendly."

GMPTE is currently expanding the Metrolink network to Oldham and Rochdale, Droylsden in Tameside, Chorlton in South Manchester, and Media City:UK in Salford Quays.

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