As construction work starts to come towards a conclusion on Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC) Transport for Greater Manchester have released their proposals for the service pattern which will operate from early 2017 once the new line opens. The new 2CC will initially see trams running between Rochdale Town Centre and East Didsbury with the Manchester Airport service eventually extended to Victoria (from early 2017 it is planned this service will be run to Deansgate-Castlefield instead of its current terminus of Cornbrook).
The proposed services – due to be discussed by the TfGM Committee next week – which would operate from early 2017 would be:
Altrincham to Piccadilly
Bury to Piccadilly
East Didsbury to Rochdale Town Centre (via 2CC)
Eccles to Ashton-under-Lyne
Manchester Airport to Deansgate-Castlefield
Altrincham to Bury (Monday to Saturday 0700 to 1900)
East Didsbury to Shaw & Crompton (Monday to Saturday 0700 to 1900)
MediaCityUK to Etihad Campus (Monday to Saturday 0700 to 1900)
Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “Metrolink is now the largest light rail network in the UK and the launch of the Second City Crossing early next year will mark the completion of one of the biggest transport projects in the country. It will provide the flexibility and resilience a network of such size demands – but it will also open up some new opportunities. In putting this service schedule forward, TfGM has made sure we continue to run high frequency services to major city centre employment areas, and continue to target passenger demand along each route. Quick and easy connections are also maintained: passengers will be able to travel anywhere on the 93-stop network with just one change of tram.”
All major construction work on 2CC is set to be completed ahead of the busy festive period. This will be followed by a full testing and commissioning period ahead of the line opening to the public in early 2017.