The latest set of engineering works on the Manchester Metrolink system started on Sunday 20th March with rail replacement works taking place in Piccadilly Gardens, along Aytoun Street/Piccadilly Place and in the Piccadilly Station undercroft itself. During these essential works no trams were able to run to Ashton with 1CC also closed so cross-city services were all diverted via 2CC giving this route a very intensive service for the duration of the work.
The week-long closure – due to remain in place until the end of service on Saturday 26th March with the following day seeing normal services resuming – saw the following revised service running:
- Altrincham to Bury via 2CC (both an all day service every 12 minutes plus the peak additional service giving a tram every 6 minutes between the two stops)
- Eccles to Deansgate-Castlefield
- East Didsbury to Rochdale Town Centre via 2CC
- East Didsbury to Shaw & Crompton via 2CC (peak time service only)
- Manchester Airport to Victoria via 2CC
- The Trafford Centre to Cornbrook
As well as all stops on the Ashton line being closed, the city centre stops at Shudehill, Market Street, Piccadilly Gardens and Piccadilly have also seen no trams running to or from them. A replacement bus service was running between Victoria and Piccadilly for those passengers who wanted to travel between the two mainline railway stations whilst a further bus service ran between Deansgate-Castlefield and Ashton.
Work being undertaken in the city centre saw rail replacement in Piccadilly Gardens on the curve leading from the stop into Mosley Street heading for St Peter’s Square, the section of line between Piccadilly Place and Aytoun Street on the way between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens and also at Piccadilly Station stop in the undercroft.