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Work To Start In Albert Square For New Metrolink Line

Temporary disruption as new tramway is installed

Published on August 4th 2014.

Work To Start In Albert Square For New Metrolink Line

TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester have announced the creation of a new Metrolink line through the heart of Manchester city centre which will bring temporary changes to Albert Square.

"We’ve chosen the least disruptive method at the same time as maintaining traffic and pedestrian links"

On completion in 2017, the Second City Crossing (2CC) will increase capacity in the Metrolink system and allow additional and more frequent services to run to meet ever-growing demand.

To install the new tramway, pipes and cables need to be diverted away from its path.

As a result, work will be carried out in two phases in Albert Square from the start of August until the end of October, and again from January until March next year.

Metrolink aims to minimise disruption to city centre events, and Manchester City Council is working closely with organisers.

In order to protect Albert Square’s heritage, hundreds of individual cobbles will be lifted, photographed and recorded – and will be reinstated one by one.

Albert Square 2View from John Dalton Street looking towards the Town Hall and Albert Square

A temporary surface will be installed from the end of October until the cobbles are permanently reinstated between January and March next year, to support Albert Square’s peak events season.

Access to the Town Hall’s main entrance will be maintained at all times. No trees will be affected and at least one lane of traffic will be in place along Albert Square and Princess Street at all times.

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Metrolink Director, said: “This is a crucial part of the Second City Crossing project and we’ve planned it in detail: even to the point of recording each and every one of the cobbles affected.

"We’ve chosen the least disruptive method at the same time as maintaining traffic and pedestrian links.

“The Second City Crossing is going to be of massive benefit to the city, to its businesses and to all Metrolink passengers and I’m grateful for everyone’s patience and understanding while we carry out essential work.”

The 2CC route will begin in Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, before turning down Princess Street and then heading along Cross Street and Corporation Street before re-joining the existing Metrolink line just outside Victoria.

As part of the project, new stops will be built in Exchange Square and St Peter’s Square.

More information about 2CC can be found at www.transformationinformation.co.uk, or by contacting the Future Metrolink team on 0161 244 1555 (during office hours) or emailing future.metrolink@tfgm.com.

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16 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Poster BoyAugust 4th 2014.

Another example of Manchester's prevailing proclivity for great lost opportunities...

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GimboidAugust 4th 2014.


ShybaldbuddhistAugust 4th 2014.


Peter CoppingAugust 6th 2014.

Poster Boy must say something so says nothing!

AnonymousAugust 6th 2014.

When it's finished, will normal traffic still be able to go down Princess Street? Or buses and trams only?

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AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

According to the literature, it's just buses and trams, thus severing a main arterial route through the city.

Peter CoppingAugust 6th 2014.

Wait for the new City Centre Transport plan and see.

AnonymousAugust 6th 2014.

There are some roadworks between the Midland Hotel and Central Library right now. At this moment in time they've exposed cobbles and old tram lines. Such irony!

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AnonymousAugust 8th 2014.

And yesterday they'd dug the cobbles out and were cutting up the old tram lines. Such sadness.

GimboidAugust 8th 2014.

What sadness?

AnonymousAugust 8th 2014.

Sad that the old system of trams are revealed again. Few places in the world had the foresight not to scrap their systems, Melbourne being one of them. So yes, it's a little sad seeing the rusty old lines being yanked out of the ground. On the other hand, we will soon have another bit of Metrolink network to be proud of. Yay!

AnonymousAugust 9th 2014.

It was a poor choice of route and was all about retaining the Town Hall as the centre point. The Deansgate route was supported by a number of engineers and was designed to relieve pinch-points at Victoria and G-Mex/Mcr Central. What isn't being mentioned is that this route will remove the through-traffic route of Princess Street, and yet again make it more difficult for cars to navigate through the city. And they wonder why shops are leaving the city centre in droves?

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AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

Deansgate will probably be the third crossing eventually. And which shops have formed part of the droves that have left. It's hard to find an empty unit atm.....

AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

Don't worry, I'm sure the people that park expensive cars and SUV's on King Street West will still find ways of double parking on double yellows whilst sporting disabled stickers in the windows.

AnonymousAugust 18th 2014.

Ahhh yes, anon 3 above, disabled people should all be poor and not afford big expensive cars. I have had abuse hurled at me for being in a big car and putting up a blue badge. When I am sitting in my car I look like a healthy thirty something. It isn't until I get out that it is apparent that I have no legs. I work hard to afford my "big car" but you begrudge me a parking spot, Thanks.

AnonymousAugust 19th 2014.

As a disabled driver, a lot of the proposed bus priority schemes and restrictions for cars, are making the city more and more difficult for me to access. How does this fit with DDA and improving access for disabled people?

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