6.18 The extension of the Metrolink system from Trafford Bar (on the City Centre to

Altrincham line) to Manchester Airport is regarded as a committed scheme and forms

part of the study’s do-minimum. GMPTE anticipates that the Airport extension will be

operational from 2005. Prior to the commencement of the SEMMMS process, GMPTE,

working with Stockport MBC, initiated the development of proposals to extend

Metrolink further from Hough End on the Airport Line to Stockport via East Didsbury.

Following a very supportive public consultation exercise, GMPTA has resolved to

continue the development of the Stockport extension proposal and start the process of

gaining powers to construct the proposal using the procedures of the Transport and

Works Act.