Greater Manchester Metro Limited

This article is about the private rail consortium GMML. For the light rail system in Greater Manchester formerly operated by GMML, see Manchester Metrolink.
Greater Manchester Metro Limited
Industry Public transport - light rail
Fate Contract terminated
Successor Serco
Founded 1989
Defunct 1997
Headquarters Manchester, England
Area served
Greater Manchester
Services Design, build and operations
Owner Ansaldo Transporti, Serco, Laing Civil Engineering, 3i

Greater Manchester Metro Limited[1] (GMML) was a private company formed by the GMA consortium (GEC Alsthom, John Mowlem and AMEC) in 1989 to design, build and operate the Metrolink light rail system in Greater Manchester, England.[2] Construction of the Metrolink system began in March 1990.

The contract was awarded for 15 years subject to early termination should the network be extended.[3] In 1997 contracts for extension was let to Altram (Manchester), a consortium of Ansaldo Transporti, Serco, Laing Civil Engineering and 3i.[4] Serco Metrolink, a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco Limited, took over the operations and maintenance of the system on 26 May 1997. In March 2003, Serco bought out its partners and Altram (Manchester) Limited[5] became a wholly owned subsidiary of Serco.[4]

In July 2007 the contract to operate Metrolink was awarded to Stagecoach.[6][7] Unlike Serco, Stagecoach did not own the concession, merely operated it on a fixed-term management contract. Stagecoach later sold the contract to the RATP Group.[8]


  1. Companies House extract company no 2453087 Greater Manchester Metro Limited
  2. "A Network for the Twenty-First Century" (PDF). GMPTE. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  3. "Funding Metrolink in Manchester". Light Rail Transit Association. December 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  4. 1 2 "Past, Present and Future" (PDF). Metrolink. 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 February 2012. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  5. Companies House extract company no 3261281 Altram (Manchester) Limited
  6. "Stagecoach signs Manchester Metrolink contract". Press release. Stagecoach Group. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
  7. "Stagecoach take over tram service". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. 15 July 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-01.
  8. RATP buys Manchester Metrolink operator Railway Gazette International 2 August 2011
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