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REVEALED: St Peter's Square Station To Close For 14 Months

Work is due to start this summer to move the St Peter’s Square stop closer to the Art Gallery

Written by . Published on February 6th 2015.


REVEALED: St Peter's Square Station To Close For 14 Months
 

ST PETER'S Square station is due to close for over a year as part of the major Metrolink Second City Crossing programme.

“This is undoubtedly a major piece of work and the task for us is to minimise the impact, as far as possible, on our customers and the service we offer them"

During the fourteen month work programme - due to start this summer - the stop will be closed but trams will continue to run on a single line through the square for ten months.

There will be two eight-week periods during the summer when all tram services through St Peter’s Square will be suspended.

St Peter's station will also be moved closer to Manchester Art Gallery, allowing more room for public events in the square as part of the council’s overhaul of the area.

The expanded stop will have two new island platforms and four sets of new track.

St Peter's Square Visual Media

St Peter's Square PlansSt Peter's Square Plans

Peter Cushing, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “This is undoubtedly a major piece of work and the task for us is to minimise the impact, as far as possible, on our customers and the service we offer them.

“We’ve planned carefully and the service pattern agreed today will allow us flexibility to maintain reliable, frequent tram links across the city while we deliver a hugely challenging and complex construction project.”

Work will start at St Peter’s Square this summer following the redevelopment of the Deansgate-Castlefield stop currently underway, which will provide a turning point for trams south of the city centre.

The new Second City Crossing, due in 2017, 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.

A brand new stop is also being built at Exchange Square, and trams could be running between Victoria and the brand new Exchange Square stop by winter 2015/16.

The Second City Crossing is part of a co-ordinated £1bn three-year programme of works, known collectively as Grow.

New station mapNew station map

The following services will run on a single line through St Peter’s Square from September 2015 to June 2016.

- Altrincham to Piccadilly, 12-minute service with double trams

- Altrincham to Cornbrook, 12-minute service with single trams

- Bury to Piccadilly, 12-minute service with single trams

- Bury to East Didsbury, 12-minute service with double trams

- Eccles-MediaCityUK to Deansgate-Castlefield, 12-minute service with double trams

- Rochdale to Ashton-Under-Lyne, 12-minute service with single and double trams

- Manchester Airport to Cornbrook, 12-minute service with single trams

For more info see www.transformationinformation.co.uk

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

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

I thought they were building a new small stretch of line with a temporary platform in front of the new office block, whilst they demolished the existing platform and built a new one closer to the Cenotaph.

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AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Nope, might be for a temporary stretch of line but no temporary platform planned. More likely its just utility diversion works on-going.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

I love all the green space. Moving the tram closer to the gallery is great too. Too quiet inside the gallery. The city centre's becoming like a post-modern Get Carter.

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Shit BiscuitFebruary 6th 2015.

The new square looks great, and it's not even finished. Misery guts like you drag us all down. Seek counselling.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Looks great does it? Yeah - that giant, characterless, monolithic office block which now overshadows the library, town hall & pretty much the entire square is just fantastic! More please! Bwwww

Shit BiscuitFebruary 6th 2015.

The new building is fine, classy and a categorical improvement over what was there before. To see the changes to SPS so negatively you must be wearing swamp coloured spectacles.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

The city centre's becoming like a post-modern Get Carter? Really? Maybe at the time the film was made, but with all of the Italian restaurants, coffee and burger outlets, the city never sleeps. Too busy now TBH.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Characterless? Maybe, Anon, but the building that's to replace the soon to be demolished Century House next door will definitely be characterless.

Shit BiscuitFebruary 8th 2015.

How will 2 St Peter's Square be characterless? What does that even mean? I don't see how any substantial building, designed in a recognisable architectural style can be considered characterless. Perhaps you meant typical or unexceptional.

Shit BiscuitFebruary 8th 2015.

Here's some pictures to help you reconsider your view: www.google.co.uk/search…

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

Yep, characterless. Consider my view not reconsidered, Shit Biscuit.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

The building is not characterless at all.

Shit BiscuitFebruary 9th 2015.

I will consider your view unsubstantiated, ignorant and irrelevant.

Peter PeaheadFebruary 6th 2015.

I agree with Shit, it looks good and you are a miserable git.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Will there be a memorial for the Peterloo Massacre?

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AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

I have it at the back of my mind that the gates that will close the Mount Street end of Library Walk were intended as some sort of memorial to Peterloo. Unless that's changed.

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2015.

There is a rumour that Piccadilly station is to be renamed Manchester Peterloo. Lets face it those men and women in 1819 did more for humankind than Queen Victoria ever did so I would rename Victoria and call Piccadilly Manchester Pankhurst.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

That rumour has been started by just one man that is campaigning for it. It won't happen because although London Road train station was renamed Piccadilly in the sixties, Peterloo is a nickname, plus having the word 'loo' will just be a source of p*** take, especially by football fans.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

There was a plan for a permanent memorial I think.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Will there be a memorial for the Peterloo Massacre?

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AnonymousFebruary 8th 2015.

Yes. Hopefully one day, and near the Radisson on Peter Street.

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

Shame about the peace garden

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AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

P*** Garden more like. A shell crater that attracted the homeless, not-rights and litter. Pity about the trees though. Whatever happened to the Metrolink opening plaque by the Queen and the heritage plaque that edged the area?

AnonymousFebruary 6th 2015.

And I grew to like that statue of the lady with the birds. I hope they can find a space for her somewhere.

Jonathan Schofield - editorFebruary 10th 2015.

Folks shall I just delete for a week all the rants from uninformed negative types who think Manchester should be like York, who don't understand the new St Peter's Square building is lovely and think that everything in the past is good? I say this as a tour guide and writer on the history of Manchester who does think the Library Walk 'newism' is a ridiculous obstruction but also love good new design such as the outrageously attractive new benches outside Central Library, the fine relocation of the Adrift sculpture, the fine relocation of The Cenotaph, and the broad expanse of the new St Peter's Square. Shame about the number and spread of the Metrolink lines but we have to get about and it is good to see that little terrace outside One St Peter's Square. When we look at the mess that has been made of Piccadilly Gardens then let's be very very happy about St Peter's Square.

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Paul TaylorFebruary 11th 2015.

Jonathan, thanks for deleting my post (sorry rant) about absence of trees at the Library end of the square. I'm obviously uninformed, and you know better, as you say. I actually love the new layout. The new Glenn Howell building is excellent and the curved bench a rare piece of European level urban furniture. BUT, a wide tree-less expanse with tram tracks...? This is Manchester not Madrid. It is generally grey and cold and our city needs plenty of green. So, design it in intelligently. - Otherwise, in 2 years the council will wheel in the black plastic tubs filled with a mis-matched assortment of garden centre plants.... Look around the city.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

I am presuming that the tarmac is only temporary. The place will actually look effective with the trams running through it. I hate pedestrianised streets they are so provincial and Market street should be reopened to traffic in my view. We are not very good at public squares in this country. We never seem to be ambitious enough. We don't want Manchester to look like York. It is a great commercial city with an industrial past without equal. We do not want it looking like an episode of Midsomer murders and York is a bit too Merrie England for me. Famous for being pretty and kit kats. Hardly ranks with the Industrial revolution,Womens'suffrage the communist manifesto and free libraries does it.

AnonymousFebruary 11th 2015.

Are there going to be a few trees in a neat line or many spread out?

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2015.

Not enough greenery....

AnonymousFebruary 12th 2015.

Interesting the YOUTUBE film does not show all the overhead wires..There ARE systems that do not have such in the very centre...NICE in France, has such a system where the trams power up before gliding through the preserved centre..NOT HERE of course..SECOND BEST more than Second City Crossing? Shame!

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GimboidFebruary 12th 2015.

YOUTUBE.

AnonymousMarch 5th 2015.

Do the council have an aversion to greenery!? This is going to end up like piccadilly gardens - a concrete dump. Put some lawn down and some flower beds!

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