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ITV 'disappointed' after trams cleared to run past Coronation Street

Coronation Street set
Image caption Coronation Street moved to its current set in 2014

ITV has said it is "disappointed" that the government has given the go-ahead for a new tram route over fears it will disrupt filming on Coronation Street.

ITV objected to a plan to build a tram line past the soap's set in Manchester because of potential noise from squeaking wheels, rumbling and horns.

But Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has approved the plan, with conditions that he says should reduce the noise.

ITV said it will study the conditions before deciding whether to appeal.

An ITV spokesman said: "We are disappointed that the secretary of state has green lit the new Trafford Park tram route despite the fact there was a viable approved alternative route.

"The order includes a number of specific planning conditions intended to address our concerns, which we will now study in detail."

Image caption The trams will run behind the studios and down an adjacent side road

The line will run from Pomona to the Trafford Centre, going past the Coronation Street set on Trafford Wharf Road before turning up Warren Bruce Road, opposite the studios.

In its objection, ITV said there was "a serious risk that there would be substantial interference with the production of Coronation Street as a result of 'wheel squeal' and/or ground-borne noise caused by the tram".

But Mr Grayling has rejected an alternative route, which would have run further away from the Coronation Street set, because it "would not offer the same level of benefit as the proposals in this application and could present additional problems associated with events held at the Old Trafford Stadium".

He has, though, imposed measures to reduce the noise, including changing the wheel profile of the trams, controlling the track gauge at the bend, using a "friction modification system" and possibly changing the track design near the studios.

Coronation Street built the set at a cost of £50m and moved in at the start of 2014. The new line is expected to open in 2020 or 2021.

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