It has been announced that the Second City Crossing (2CC) for Manchester Metrolink has been approved by the Department for Transport. The route – which is necessary to allow all of the extra tram services run through Manchester city centre – will leave the current route just after St Peter’s Square and travel along Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street before re-joining the line just before Victoria.
Transport for Greater Manchester can now finalise arrangements for delivering the scheme which will see a new enlarged tramstop constructed in St Peter’s Square and a brand new stop built in Exchange Square. As part of the approval from the government special Listed Buildings Consent has also been given by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “This is fantastic news and means we can now press ahead with developing the detail of the delivery programme, appointing a contractor and getting work started as soon as possible. By providing the necessary capacity, flexibility and reliability for the future tram network to operate, the second city crossing will play a vital role in helping to build a strong and prosperous economy for Greater Manchester. It’s an essential part of the expansion programme which also complements the city’s redevelopment of St Peter’s Square – so this really is excellent news.”