19 June 2015

Metrolink service changes on the way as work starts on St Peter’s Square stop

Artist's impression of St Peter's Square stop

Metrolink customers are being reminded to plan their journey over the summer, with changes to services as the St Peter’s Square stop closes for the first phase of transformation work.

The start of work will see the stop close for eight weeks from Sunday 28 June, with no tram services running through it until the end of August.

For customers travelling on the Altrincham, Manchester Airport, East Didsbury, Eccles and MediaCityUK lines, the newly revamped Deansgate-Castlefield will offer the closest city centre stop. Services on all other lines will run into Piccadilly.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has announced details of shuttle bus services and walking routes to help passengers get across the city during the work.

There will be some changes to services on Sunday 28 June due to scheduled improvement work and the Greater Manchester Cycle ride. Please click here for more information.

The following Metrolink services will run from Monday 29 June:

  • Altrincham to Deansgate-Castlefield: 12 minute service with double trams.
  • Altrincham to Cornbrook: Peak only 12 minute service with single trams.
  • Bury to Piccadilly: 6 minute service (7am to 8pm Mon-Fri, 9am – 8pm Sat) and 12 minutes at all other times. Some double trams will run during weekday peak.
  • East Didsbury to Deansgate-Castlefield: 12 minute service with double trams in the peak.
  • Eccles to Deansgate-Castlefield via MediaCityUK: 12 minute service with double trams.
  • Manchester Airport to Cornbrook: 12 minute service with single trams.
  • Rochdale town centre to Ashton-under-Lyne: 12 minute service with single trams.

To offer good access to the city a Metrolink X1 shuttle bus will run between the Trafford Bar and Cornbrook stops and Piccadilly station from 6am to 8pm on weekdays, with a five minute frequency in the peak (7am-9.30am / 4pm-8pm) and ten minutes at other times. Services will run every ten minutes 7am-7pm on weekends. Frequencies and times may change in line with customer demand.

The free city centre Metroshuttle bus services will also change from Sunday 28 June, offering frequent, improved services for Metrolink passengers to get around the city – with direct links to Deansgate-Castlefield, Shudehill, Piccadilly and Victoria tram stops. Click here to see when and where the services run.

Step free walking routes will also be signposted. A walking map can be downloaded here and is available at city centre TfGM Travelshops at Shudehill Interchange and Piccadilly Gardens.

Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at TfGM, said: “We’re carrying out this work during the summer when the trams are traditionally quieter, and we’ve planned Metrolink and shuttle bus services that we hope will limit the impact on customers as far as possible while keeping reliable, frequent links.

“I’d encourage anyone travelling by tram over the next few months to plan their journey in advance and I thank all our customers for their patience as we work to improve their stops and services.

“The work taking place over the next few months will allow us to keep trams running on a single line through St Peter’s Square for the vast majority of the construction work programme – keeping tram links right across the city.”

The summer closure is the start of a 14-month construction programme that will see a new, expanded stop built closer to the new Cenotaph. The stop will have two new island style platforms and two sets of track in each direction, allowing more services to run through it on the existing lines and the new Second City Crossing.

The work programme has been tailored to lessen the impact on passengers as far as possible. The first phase of works through to the end of August 2015 will see changes to track and infrastructure so that trams can continue to run through St Peter’s Square.

Following this, services will resume in both directions on a single line through the square for the ten-month construction period even as works for the new stop take place nearby.

A final eight-week closure will follow in summer 2016 before St Peter’s Square services reopen in the autumn. The Second City Crossing route is expected to open in 2017.

More information is now available at www.transformationinformation.co.uk and www.metrolink.co.uk

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