Eccles line to reopen from Monday 16th August

Services will resume to MediaCityUK and Eccles from Monday 16th August after the completion of the delayed rail replacement works which have taken place over the past four weeks. The line had originally been due to reopen from Sunday 1st August but following the discovery of degraded concrete the closure had to be extended to allow this work to be completed.

Daniel Vaughan, Head of Metrolink at TfGM, said: ““We are delighted to get the Eccles line back up and running in time for schools reopening and as more customers make a move back to the office. I’d like to apologise to our Eccles line passengers who were disrupted for an extended period but the condition of the concrete track bed only became apparent once we started to remove rails, this resulted in significantly more work than we originally planned. Our contractors have been working around the clock and I’m pleased to confirm that repairs will be completed over the weekend so that we can reopen the line on Monday.”

As part of the work both rails and concrete have been replaced in a number of locations which will ensure that the line is as robust as possible with engineers also surveying the remainder of the line to see what additional work may be required in the future.

When the Eccles line reopens it will be served by trams every 12 minutes from Ashton-under-Lyne with the Metrolink system currently running a reduced service due to staff shortages. It is planned that the service frequency on the network will be upped again from September when schools and workers return to commuting again.

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