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Talks over Mosley Street tram stop closure

Report claims stop causes congestion to network

Published on November 17th 2010.


Talks over Mosley Street tram stop closure

A proposal to close the Mosley Street Metrolink stop in the city centre are being put to public consultation.

Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) has asked the Department for Transport for permission to close the stop following a report to the Authority’s Capital Projects Committee earlier this year.

The department will now launch a consultation on the plans tomorrow that will end on 9 February 2011.

The Capital Projects Committee report claimsthat if all future services stop at Mosley Street, trams would ‘bunch’ in the city centre and services across the network would constantly be affected, leading to delays.

The report also said journey times would improve if the stop was removed and nearby businesses would benefit from improved pedestrian access.

Councillor Keith Whitmore, chair of GMITA’s Policy & Resources Committee, said: “A great deal of consideration has gone into this proposal and we are confident that it offers real benefits.

“Keeping the stop open will bring significant operational problems because of the extra trams that the expansion will bring in to the city centre. Conversely, closing it would open up and improve the immediate vicinity of the stop, which is a very busy pedestrian area.

“Officers have also assessed the use of the stop and it is clear that passengers who use it can access services at the other nearby city centre stops, particularly in light of the recent remodelling work to the St Peter’s Square and Piccadilly Gardens stops.“In addition to that work, we will install real-time information displays in the Mosley Street area directing people to the next available service, to further support passengers.”

Mosley Street is currently served by 15 southbound trams an hour. This will increase by 10 when the first phase of new lines are operational, with more through services to follow in the second phase of the expansion.

Currently, 62 new trams have been ordered to serve the new Metrolink lines currently under construction, which will take the entire fleet to 94 trams.

Representations about the closure proposal should be sent to the Department for Transport, RLMP division, Great Minster House, 76 Marsham St, London SW1P 4DR no later than 9 February 2011.

The proposals will also be available online at www.dft.gov.uk open.

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

Ali McGNovember 17th 2010.

Close it if it's going to clog the network. And hurry up and build our new underground system. Oh, wait...

pragmatistNovember 17th 2010.

Maybe they should close Piccadilly Gardens, Market Street and St.Peters Square as well. Then the trams could turn back and avoid the inconvenience of having to cross the city centre with its irritating traffic, pedestrians etc...

J E SibberingNovember 18th 2010.

62 new trams have been ordered? I hope they're not the same as the dancing yellow, sick-inducing ones.

Brian CNovember 18th 2010.

Who is the pillock who signed off the frustratingly crap touch screen ticket machines and new trams with less seats and hanging straps that are too high for most of us to use without pulling our arms out of their sockets. I guess at a tall, emaciated person who never tried using a touch screen that hundreds of slimy paws have also used on a cold day.

J E SibberingNovember 18th 2010.

I agree Brian, I especially like it when a 'yob' has gobbed on the screen.

M30November 18th 2010.

The congestion could be easily avoided by clamping down on Stagecoach who insist on choking that area with far too many buses. This odious company seems to have a stranglehold on transport within the city.

The new trams are ace - it's such a provincial view to expect a seat on a tram at rush-hour, at least the new trams can carry more passengers. Just keep the prams and bikes off.

DaveNovember 19th 2010.

This is daft. All the buses cause the congestion. Picture this: You need to go south from Piccadilly. What tram stop to wait at - Market St or Picc Gdns? Choose one and when a tram appears at the other you're gonna have to leg it! Bloody stupid, they obviously don't use their own network.

PeterNovember 20th 2010.

at present trams stop at Mosely street every 6 mins so how do they propose this service to be maintained at this level or does it go back to a 12 min service unless you are at St Peters Square in the Rain!! with no adequate coverage.

Brian CNovember 20th 2010.

@M30. I dont know about it being 'provincial' to expect a seat on a tram. I tend to think of it as progress.

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