Projects

Metrolink Trafford

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Metrolink Trafford Park Line is a new tram line being constructed by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

It will run from Pomona to the intu Trafford Centre, connecting some of the busiest tourist regions in Greater Manchester.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) approved the development of Trafford Park Line in October 2013. Construction of the project commenced with minor work in late-2016, while the ground-breaking ceremony was held in January 2017. The line is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Trafford Park is the biggest employment area in Greater Manchester, with over 1,300 businesses employing more than 35,000 people.

The new tram line will provide quick access to locations along the route and the wider tram network. It will also offer services to major tourist attractions such as Old Trafford football stadium, the Imperial War Museum North, and EventCity.

Metrolink’s total network will be increased to 103km served by 99 stops once the Trafford Park line becomes operational.

COOLIES SHIRTS

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Coolies will again be in their iconic red shirts, some two years or so after their uniform was changed under a plan the railways administration had claimed would do away with the ‘exploitative’ system under which they (coolies) work.

An announcement to this effect was made by Railways Minister Rashid after inaugurating a new non-stop train Faisalabad Express at the Lahore railway station.

Under the plan, coolies were entitled to paid leave in case of injury or sickness, had rest rooms and a new uniform — shalwar-kameez and turban, with kameez having yellow strips and green and yellow turban — besides other facilities.

However, the plan was implemented to the extent of only switching to green and yellow from the nearly 150-year-old red shirt which made it easier to spot them on the crowded platforms.

Coolies had requested Railways Chairman Javed Anwar that they wanted back their trademark bright red shirt. “The request has been accepted and orders have been given to restore the old uniform of coolies. Railways Chief Executive Officer Aftab Akbar will formally issue orders in this regard,” said the minister.

China Pakistan Corridor

China Pakistan Corridor

Project Title: Rehabilitation & Up-gradation of Karachi-Lahore Peshawar (ML-1) Railway Track (1,872 kms)

Scope:

  • Doubling of entire track from Karachi to Peshawar
  • Speed of passenger trains to be raise from 65/110km/h to 160 km/h
  • Freight trains to operate at 120 km/h
  • Computer based signaling and control system
  • Grade separation to ensure safety of train operations

Responsibility:

  • Proposing Agency: Ministry of Railways
  • Implementing Agency: Pakistan Railways
  • Supervising Agency: Ministry of Communications, Government of Pakistan

SHUTTLE SERVICE

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Pakistan Railways is planning to start an intercity shuttle train service among major cities with the cooperation of the Punjab government. PR sources told that Lahore- Gujranwala, Lahore-Faisalabad, Lahore-Narowal-Sialkot and Lahore-Okara sections were under consideration for the service under the direction of PR Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique. As soon as study on the routes is completed, work on the projects will start, they added. Pakistan Railways is also drawing an outline for transportation of 12 million ton coal for future power generation projects to be constructed at Jamshoro, Qadirabad, Sahiwal, Sundar and Faisalabad with the cooperation of China to overcome the energy crisis. The PR will also provide coal transport vans to the private sector for power generation plants to be set up by the private sector. Under a plan to revive the department, the PR is in dialogue with the Chinese government to upgrade ML- 1 (main-line one) which connects Karachi via Rohri, Khanewal, Lahore, Lalamusa and Rawalpindi. It is expected that PC-1 of the project would be completed till the end of the current year at the expenditure of China. After the restoration of ML-1, it will be possible to operate trains at 120 km/hour instead of a restricted speed limit. A dry port is being planned at Havelian for holding containers with the cooperation of the Chinese government and about 2 million ton goods per year could be handled from Khunjrab to Havelian as a pilot project.

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