At 0055 in the early hours of Saturday 18 May, 3018 became the last tram to stop at Mosley Street in Manchester city centre as it permanently closed to “improve journey times, reliability and capacity” on the Manchester Metrolink network. As reported last week the closure date was confirmed once the passenger information displays were switched on in the city centre following TMS taking over control of the lines in this area and is a long held aspiration of Transport for Greater Manchester.
Mosley Street stop had become a bit of an oddball on the Metrolink network as its short latforms meant that double M5000s were unable to operate to Altrincham as they were not fitted with the steps like the T68s. TfGM have wanted to close the stop for some time as it means the more reliable M5000s will now be able to operate in multiple to Altrincham and the withdrawal of the T68s can now be accelerated.
The last evening saw 2001 become the last T68A to stop at Mosley Street when operating to Eccles before 3019 at 0025 to St Werburgh’s Road, 3030 at 0037 to Eccles, 3055 at 0051 to Altrincham and 3018 to Altrincham at 0055 became the last few trams to call there. Earlier in the evening the final double T68 to run comprised 1023 and 1022 when running to Altrincham.
Whereas any previous stop closures have resulted in a replacement this is the first time that a stop has closed with no direct replacement since Metrolink started operation in 1992. However the close proximity of stops at Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street (with St Peter’s Square also not being a million miles away) means that on the whole passengers should not be too inconvenienced by this closure. In addition the new passenger information displays located in the city centre inform passengers where the next Altrincham line services should be departing from.
With thanks to Steve Kemp for information in this article.