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Manchester Victoria Metrolink Changes

Temporary closure of through trams as Victoria is upgraded

Published on April 16th 2013.


Manchester Victoria Metrolink Changes

THE multi-million pound refurbishment of Manchester Victoria will see the station’s Metrolink stop dramatically improved.

During the work, passengers who want to get trams to or from rail services or Manchester Arena events at Victoria would be directed to use the nearby Shudehill stop.

In parallel with the station’s transformation, the Metrolink stop will be redesigned to provide new platforms to increase capacity and allow more trams through Victoria in light of the additional services coming on to the network in future.

The bulk of this work will be done from January to September next year and, in the interests of safety and logistics, will require trams to pass through Victoria in both directions on a single line of track.

As a result, TfGM is proposing to temporarily close the Victoria stop to passengers in order to maximise the number of services that can run through it while the improvements are delivered.

Bury services call at Victoria every six minutes in each direction, and services between Rochdale and St Werburgh’s Road call every 12 minutes in each direction: 30 trams an hour overall, which cannot be sustained on a single line of track.

In order to maintain as close to normal services as possible during the single line running, Transport for Greater Manchester is asking committee members to endorse the following measures for the duration of the work:

·         Maintain the existing Bury to Altrincham service through the city centre and increase capacity by running double trams on each service

·         Provide a shuttle tram service between Bury and Abraham Moss, running every 12 minutes, to cater for the high number of local line journeys on the Bury line – approximately a third of journeys

·         Provide a shuttle bus service between Abraham Moss, Queens Road, Manchester Victoria, Shudehill and Piccadilly, for passengers heading to or from Piccadilly and to supplement the Bury to Altrincham service through city centre

·         Divert the Bury to Droylsden service to run Droylsden to Eccles, via Piccadilly, every 12 minutes

·         Maintain the 12-minute Rochdale to East Didsbury service through Victoria

During the work, passengers who want to get trams to or from rail services or Manchester Arena events at Victoria would be directed to use the nearby Shudehill stop.

Additional signage and ticket vending facilities would be provided at Shudehill, and staff would be on hand at the stop during the busiest times. Additional measures would also be put in place to cater for demand during arena events.

The Metrolink stop works and associated enhancements are being funded by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

The redevelopment of Victoria station is being funded by Network Rail, Manchester City Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.

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SquirrelitoApril 16th 2013.

interesting point about the shuttle bus stopping at Queens Rd - are the plans progressing to make this a full Met station?

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AnonymousApril 17th 2013.

Planned to be open by the end of the year

AnonymousApril 17th 2013.

great to see we will have a 2nd proper, modern station in Manchester

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