It has been confirmed that Manchester Metrolink services which normally run through St Peter’s Square are to be significantly altered from the summer due to the major transformation work due to take place here ahead of the opening of the Second City Crossing (2CC). The work is due to start in the summer (no exact date has yet been confirmed) and will continue for 14 months, during the first and last eight weeks of this period not trams at all will operate through the area but for the remaining 10 months a single line will remain open allowing limited services to run.
St Peter’s Square will become one of the largest stops on the network as the two city centre lines, the current line and the 2CC, will converge here. The stop will be rebuilt with two island platforms and four new sets of tracks and will be moved closer to the Art Gallery which will also provide more public space in the area.
From September 2015 until June 2016 the following services will run on Metrolink:
* Altrincham to Piccadilly – every 12 minutes using double trams
* Altrincham to Cornbrook – every 12 minutes using single trams
* Bury to Piccadilly – every 12 minutes using single trams
* Bury to East Didsbury – every 12 minutes using double trams
* Eccles-MediaCityUK to Deansgate-Castlefield – every 12 minutes using double trams
* Rochdale to Ashton-under-Lyne – every 12 minutes using both single and double trams
* Manchester Airport to Cornbrook – every 12 minutes using single trams
As mentioned above no services at all will be able to travel through St Peter’s Square during the first and last eight weeks of the period. Presumably during this time Cornbrook and Deansgate-Castlefield will be used as termini for services from East Didsbury, Eccles, Manchester Airport and Altrincham with services from Bury and Rochdale either being diverted to Piccadilly or terminated at Victoria. Replacement bus service plans are also being developed to operate throughout the 14 month period.
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The work programme at St Peter’s Square has been planned to keep passengers moving around the city as effectively as possible to get to work, shops, enjoy nights out and travel to events easily. I’m pleased that we will be able to continue running services that will connect passengers from the north to the south of the city, and vice versa, as well as continuing to meet heavy demand for travel to major events across the network.”
Work will not start at St Peter’s Square until the work currently being undertaken at Deansgate-Castlefield is finished.