UK Power Networks Services has been accepted onto a framework that will deliver projects to renew and upgrade Manchester Metrolink's electrical infrastructure to help support Transport for Greater Manchester's (TfGM's) green transport strategy. For more information see the IDTechEx report on Distributed Generation: Minigrid Microgrid Zero Emission 2018-2038.
The investment and upgrade works aim to meet Greater Manchester's sustainability ambitions for a cleaner, greener and more prosperous city region, by supporting a fully integrated, high-capacity tram system across Greater Manchester that's also environmentally sustainable. Manchester Metrolink is already one of the most sustainable modes of transport in Greater Manchester - the trams are powered by renewable and green energy sources with no harmful emissions, and each can carry more than 200 passengers.
Greater Manchester's population has risen to 2.8 million people. The electrical upgrade will ensure that the tram system continues to meet the city's economic growth ambitions.
Lee Maxwell, head of client delivery (North) of UK Power Networks Services, said: "We are delighted to support Transport for Greater Manchester's vision in shaping a greener and cleaner city and region. Partnering with TfGM means that we will contribute towards their sustainability ambitions while supporting our growth and investment in the north of England. It demonstrates our commitment to the region in addition to our industry-leading work at Manchester Airport."
The first project that UK Power Networks Services will work on under the framework is a seven-month programme currently under way, which will include inspecting and replacing electrical equipment, the design of digital signals, and assessment of the current fibre optic communications at electricity substations. The company will leverage its vast experience of running London Underground and Network Rail infrastructure to deliver the project with the minimum of disruption to tram services and the community.
About UK Power Networks Services
UK Power Networks Services is an expert in distributed energy solutions and power distribution, delivering energy technology consulting, asset financing, major project delivery, design and build, operations and maintenance, and asset management. We integrate new technologies, such as electric vehicle infrastructure, battery storage and microgrids. We provide end-to-end energy solutions and our experts help clients increase the productivity of their assets, decarbonise their infrastructure and realise their infrastructure as a strategic asset. Our world-class engineers serve industries such as airports, rail, defence, water, logistics and fleet, manufacturing, ports, local and central government, and commercial buildings. Our high-profile public and private sector clients with critical infrastructure in complex environments, trust us to deliver safe, reliable and innovative energy solutions - allowing them to concentrate on their core business. We have a proud 50 year history and our current portfolio includes the UK's six main airports, High Speed 1, Network Rail, London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, EDF (Hinkley Point C), Ministry of Defence, Felixstowe Port, UPS and Canary Wharf.
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