Manchester Metrolink Services to MediaCityUK are set to return from Monday 1st August – subject to the successful completion of testing and commissioning of the new rails. Metrolink services on the Eccles line have not been running since 26th June with the first major rail replacement programme on the Phase Two line taking place but with this work now sufficiently progressed it is possible for trams to get as far as MediaCityUK again.
There will still be some finishing works to be completed around the tracks but these will not impact on the ability of a tram service to operate. With St Peter’s Square remaining closed the service will run between Deansgate-Castlefield and MediaCityUK.
Once the line is opened at far as MediaCityUK full attention will be moved to the remaining section of the line through to Eccles which is due to be completed at the end of August – with the line through St Peter’s Square also due to be opened at the same time.
Talking about St Peter’s Square Transport for Greater Manchester have this week released more information of the transformation works with latest progress seeing the installation of the second island platform and shelter. In addition trees are being planted in the area, including some on the actual platforms – the first trees to be planted on platforms on the network. There are two trees on each platform to “offer shade and greenery alongside the specially designed green themed passenger shelters”.