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New Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Designs Unveiled

New platform to open from 26 August as part of Second City Crossing route

Published on August 12th 2014.

New Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Designs Unveiled

METROLINK passengers will see the first of many changes to come later this month when the first section of a new platform opens at the Deansgate-Castlefield stop.

“The new inbound platform opening will be the first really tangible sign of the changes ahead."

From Tuesday 26 August, following the August Bank Holiday weekend, the inbound side (for trams heading into the city centre) of the stop’s new island platform will come into operation.

At the same time, the existing inbound platform will be closed and subsequently demolished.

Although the new platform will be fully operational, the final cosmetic fixtures and fittings will be installed at a later date, as work on the wider redevelopment of the stop is completed.

The move will result in some temporary changes to the step-free access, details of which will be provided at the stop before the changes come into effect.

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Viewb_Granite_960X279Deansgate-Castlefield Stop

The new island platform is a key part of the project, which itself forms a crucial part of the Second City Crossing programme.

As well as the new island platforms, two new track cross-overs are also being installed, which will allow trams to turn back in both directions.

And, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the existing footbridge linking the stop with Deansgate Railway Station will be refurbished.

In addition, a new lift and steps will be installed at the Deansgate end of the stop and a new pedestrian bridge and steps will be built at the Albion Street end.


Viewg_Deansgatelocks_960X279Deansgate Locks

The Deansgate-Castlefield project will be complete by summer 2015, after which work to transform the St Peter’s Square stop for the 2CC programme will get under way.

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: “As part of the wider 2CC programme, the additional track we’re installing will introduce a new and important level of flexibility, operationally, that will benefit a much wider audience."

“The new inbound platform opening will be the first really tangible sign of the changes ahead.”

The Second City Crossing, due 2017, will increase capacity in the Metrolink system.

It will begin in Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, turn down Princess Street and head along Cross Street and Corporation Street before re-joining the existing Metrolink line at the expanded Metrolink Victoria stop.

For more information on the Second City Crossing programme, visit www.transformationinformation.co.uk or contact the Future Metrolink team by calling 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.

Stephen HayesAugust 12th 2014.

Why is it all so difficult to plan in Manchester without the continual upheaval and diversions which lead no where. Is it so difficult to visualise a realistic tram link in the first place without all the upgrades.Having driven down Oxford St last week to get to Trinity Way in Salford I was diverted in circles until in desperation I had to drive across the City to Shudehill and past the CIS to approach from the East.

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GimboidAugust 12th 2014.

Yes, you're right. GMPTE should have planned and built all of Metrolink in one go, back in 1992. I'd love to live in your world of simplicity. Unfortunately the rest of us have to deal with a rather more complicated reality.

JoanAugust 12th 2014.

The second city crossing work takes time. One of the earliest jobs us to divert the pipes and cables which lie under the city's streets so that tracks aren't laid on top of them. It's an omelette and eggs thing as far as road closures are concerned, inconvenient but worth it in the end.

Calum McGAugust 12th 2014.

And of course London has no issues, whatsoever. What planet are you on mate?

AnonymousAugust 12th 2014.

Because it's pretty much impossible to carry out projects like this without some level of road closure. If you were trying to get to Trinity Way, why did you not just use the Ring Road?

JoanAugust 12th 2014.

This all looks good, particularly the greening and the footbridge refurb. We've been waiting ages for that funding news.

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AnonymousAugust 12th 2014.

Is that greening going to be cut and maintained Joan? What is it made of... real grass?

AnonymousAugust 12th 2014.

It's sedum. No cutting needed. The trial bits they stuck in look great!

Kevin PeelAugust 13th 2014.

This is a hugely ambitious and very exciting project. I can't wait to see the end result. Kudos to TfGM for properly consulting councillors and residents at every stage of the process.

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

The council needs to rethink its road policy more generally. The changes they've made to the city centre roads, independent of the tram measures, are creating massive amounts of congestion. Very stupid. Then they whinge about it and spend money unnecessarily making it worse. Case in point = Deansgate. Traffic backs up back to the Mancunian Way and causes all kinds of problems which is bad at the best of times but throw in the tram problems and it's ridiculous. The council needs to admit it has made things worse

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AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

'The council needs to admit it has made things worse'.....good luck with that :-)

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

And they still have to sort out the continuing tragedy/farce that is Piccadilly Gardens...and don't get me started on that expensive glass box blocking Library Walk while libraries in the suburbs close and the council bleats about austerity cuts...

Ghostly TomAugust 13th 2014.

I try to out a positive spin on it when I'm stuck in traffic due to road/tram works. A city that isn't constantly developing and redeveloping is a city in decline. And we don't want to be living in one of those do we? We have some stunning buildings but we won't be able to survive on our looks like Venice can. Once the capital of the economic world, the New York or London of its day, now a beautiful place to go for a pleasant long weekend and admire the beautiful decay.

Ghostly TomAugust 13th 2014.

Out = take ....sorry, d**n predictive text

AnonymousAugust 13th 2014.

Manchester is a too small and too congested for the grand ideas of Mcr council and tfgm. In an ideal world there would be pedestrian zones, trams, bike lanes and free flowing traffic but in a city centre which is barely a square mile and has aspirations of becoming a northern economic powerhouse the lack of access will become the biggest threat to those dreams. As a courier, I have seen my costs increase and business decrease as a result of the second city crossing. It takes longer and so costs me more to deliver consignments and because it takes longer customers are using faster options such as bicycle couriers. The second city crossing works will go on for years yet and then there will be the next idea to deal with, or a party conference or two to block peter street for. I applaud the aspiration of Manchester these days but this is a city where people have to live and work. These grand schemes have a very real impact on peoples lives that go beyond the plans on the drawing board. It seems like the council don't realise this

Mark FullerAugust 13th 2014.

The philosopher David Hulme stated that human beings are creatures of habit, we tend to resist change, eschew the unfamiliar, and resent upheaval and disruption to our routines. But there is a time for stability and conserving what is good,tried and trusted and a time also when radical change is necessary,when we need renewal and a broader perspective. I believe that Manchester has entered an expansive phase of regeneration and renewal. This optimistic zeitgeist must not be stymied but allowed to flow , regardless of the short term inconvenience. The Victorians made Manchester a great world city. The centre may only cover one square mile, but it has presence and power and is set to grow dramatically in the next 15-20 years, and the city, not just the football teams, will be great again.

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