Details of major Metrolink closure confirmed

There will be no trams between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens for 17 days in late June and early to allow for major track replacement works on the Manchester Metrolink network. Revised services will operate between 22nd June and 9th July which will see the Ashton route running independently of the rest of the network with replacement buses also being operated.

This work is just one phase of major coordinated improvement works taking place on the network this summer and will see London Road closed southbound between Store Street and Fairfield Street.

During the closure the following services will run:

  • Ashton to Piccadilly
  • Bury to Altrincham (including additional peak services)
  • Piccadilly Gardens to Eccles via MediaCityUK
  • Piccadilly Gardens to MediaCityUK (peak time only)
  • Rochdale Town Centre to East Didsbury
  • Shaw & Crompton to East Didsbury (peak time only)
  • Manchester Airport to Victoria
  • The Trafford Centre to Deansgate-Castlefield

There will be a bus replacement service between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens as well as a signed walking route between the two. The walking route should take 5 minutes and signage and customer services representatives will on hand to help people get to the wheelchair accessible buses at Piccadilly Gardens and from the Fairfield Street side of Piccadilly Station.

London Road will be closed to traffic leaving the city centre where the Metrolink tracks cross on the approach to Piccadilly Station. Increased traffic is expected on Fairfield Street, Store Street, Princess Street and the inner Ring Road. There will be signed diversionary routes in place for all traffic.

Buses will also be affected with services which normally use London Road to leave the city centre being routed to avoid congestion hotspots via Chorlton Street and Fairfield Street.

Pete Sommers, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “Thousands of journeys are made on Metrolink every day of the week, which is why we’re always working to keep our passengers safe and Greater Manchester moving.

“During these essential works, we will be doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum with replacement bus services and signed diversions for vehicles and pedestrians. “Our control centre has good CCTV coverage at both the London Road closure points and on the diversion routes – and we also have support from our traffic signals team to ensure city centre traffic flows as freely as possible.

“I would encourage customers to plan ahead – check our website for the latest travel information before setting off – and leave plenty of time for their journeys.”

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