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Didsbury Metrolink Extension under review

Now that the Conservatives have moved into Downing Street and submitted their proposals to slash public spending, it have been announced that public transport projects will be hit hard by the changes.

One of the proposed projects which is now under review is the Didsbury Metrolink extension which we maintain a page of information about.

The Manchester Evening recently published an article stating that the Chorlton and Didsbury parts of the Metrolink project could now be cancelled as part of the cuts.

John Leech MP has now waded into the discussion by reassuring in a blog post that the Metrolink extension to Chorlton, which is already well under way, is to be completed and on target for Summer 2011.

In his blog post he failed to explicitly mention the Didsbury part of the project. We have asked him for further confirmation and will update this post as soon as we know anything more.

Update: In a comment on his blog post John Leech states: "The contracts have been signed and the work will go ahead on the Didsbury Spur.". So if he has his facts straight, and to be fair he has spoken to the minister for transport, there is no threat to the Didsbury Metrolink extension and timeline. The Manchester Evening news also declined John's offer of a £500 bet on the plans staying on track.

Update 2: The BBC has now picked up on this story. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/10164472.stm

Update 3: True to his work apparently, the Metrolink extension to Didsbury Village will go ahead and is likely to be complete in late 2012 / early 2013