The first M5000s were ordered in 2007 with a service entry at the end of 2009. Further orders followed which allowed for the replacement of the original T-68 tram and for expansion of the Metrolink service. Now there are one hundred and twenty in service with a further twenty seven ordered in 2018, for delivery in the early 2020s, to allow for an increase in service frequency.
|Number built:||120 (+27 on order)|
|Builder:||Bombardier, Vossloh Kiepe|
|Motor:||4 Traktionssysteme Austria AC traction motors (750v DC OHLE)|
|Power:||640 hp (480 kW)|
The M5000s are articulated units based on the K5000 trams used in Bonn and Cologne. They have either fifty two or sixty seats depending on the batch, with standing they can hold nearly one hundred and fifty passengers. They operate on their own or as pairs. They are able to operate in longer formations but this causes problems with platform lengths and signalling so is only done in the event of a breakdown.
The first sixty M5000s are fitted with automatic stop equipment and can be used anywhere on the network, the second batch of sixty does not have this equipment and are restricted as to the routes they can operate on.
|3058 on the streets of Manchester|
|Front on view of 3114|
|3094 at Deansgate Chesterfield stop|
|3054 in the city centre|
|3010 and friend connected|
|3094 prepares for the off|
 Colin J. Marsden (ed.), Light Rail (Key Publishing, 2018) p. 41