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Victoria Station: Renovation And Disruption

Nine months of work planned on the old queen

Published on February 6th 2014.

Victoria Station: Renovation And Disruption

WORK on the multi-million pound transformation of the Manchester Victoria Metrolink stop will start on Friday, 21 February.

Currently, 15 trams an hour call at Victoria in each direction – that’s 30 overall, which simply cannot be sustained when we’re running on just a single line.

The nine-month project will see the stop completely redesigned and expanded to provide additional platforms and tracks, accommodating the new Second City Crossing and wider network expansion – in conjunction with the transformation of the railway station by Network Rail.

As a result of this work there will also be temporary changes to Metrolink services for the duration of the project.

The very first stage of work – from Friday 21 February to Sunday 23 February* – will see Metrolink services replaced with buses from Abraham Moss on the Bury line to the city centre and from Central Park on the Oldham-Rochdale line to the city centre.

Altrincham, Ashton, East Didsbury and Eccles services will run via Piccadilly.

Then, from Monday 24 February** onwards, trams will have to pass through Victoria in both directions on a single line of track. In order to safely maximise the number of trams that can run on the single line the stop will be temporarily closed to passengers.

Instead, passengers will be asked to use Shudehill, the next city centre stop along for connections with Victoria’s rail services and the Phones 4u Arena.

Metrolink services will also change for the duration of the work in the following ways.

Every Bury to Altrincham service will be served by double trams from start to end of service – boosting capacity at the busiest times.

A shuttle tram will run between Bury and Abraham Moss every 12 minutes, catering for approximately a third of all journeys made on this line. As a result, passengers travelling to stops between Bury and Abraham Moss should board the dedicated shuttle service, to ensure there is as much room as possible for city-bound passengers travelling in the busy morning and evening peaks.

Instead of running to and from Bury, Ashton line services will run to Eccles via Piccadilly every 12 minutes. Rochdale and East Didsbury services will still run every 12 minutes but will not call or stop at Victoria.

Customers travelling between Victoria and Piccadilly rail stations can either use the free city centre Metroshuttle bus service (changing between Service 1 and 2) or alight at Market Street and walk to the Piccadilly Gardens stop (and vice versa) to complete their journey by tram.

As the platforms will look

As the platforms will look

Peter Cushing, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “The Victoria project complements the wider transformation of the station but also plays an essential part of Metrolink’s Second City Crossing development and on-going expansion of the network.

“To ensure this is done in a safe manner, we have to run on a single line of track. Currently, 15 trams an hour call at Victoria in each direction – that’s 30 overall, which simply cannot be sustained when we’re running on just a single line.

“So we’re temporarily closing the stop and asking people to use the nearby Shudehill stop instead. We’re also making changes to services on the Bury line, which will be supported by running double trams on every service from Bury to Altrincham via the city.

“We’ve considered these changes very carefully and they will provide customers with the most effective, safest and least disruptive option. They also mirror demand we’ve monitored on the network.”

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

*Metrolink services Friday 21 February to Sunday 23 February (inclusive):

  • Eccles to Ashton via MediaCityUK (every 12 minutes)
  • East Didsbury to Piccadilly (every 12 minutes)
  • Altrincham to Piccadilly (every six minutes)
  • Bury to Abraham Moss (every six minutes) – a replacement bus service will operate from Crumpsall to Shudehill and Piccadilly
  • Rochdale to Central Park (every 12 minutes) – a replacement bus service will operate from Central Park to Shudehill and Piccadilly

**Metrolink changes from Monday 24 February for circa nine months:

  • Manchester Victoria stop – temporarily closed until further notice; please use the Shudehill stop instead
  • Bury to Altrincham, via St Peter’s Square (every 12 minutes) – increased capacity with double trams from start to end of service
  • Bury to Abraham Moss shuttle tram (every 12 minutes - catering for approximately a third of all journeys made on this line)
  • Ashton to Eccles, via Piccadilly (every 12 minutes)

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

JimFebruary 6th 2014.

Considering the fact that the gents toilet at Victoria has been out of order for about 6 weeks I have very little hope in them hitting these deadlines. If they can't fix a toilet I can't see them being able to redevelop the station

rinkydinkFebruary 7th 2014.

"Nine months of work planned on the old queen..." Is Gordo going under the knife then?

DavidFebruary 7th 2014.

Funny how the Tories with no MPs in this city,and no real chance of any,seem much more prepared than Labour to back investment in this city.We had Prescott and Darling stalling investment in tram expansion,Brown cancelling the super casino project with no compensation and Balls and Burham both speaking out against the high speed train project.Labour treats the north as nothing more than a source of MPs.

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Mark FullerFebruary 7th 2014.

This is true. The Labour government were obsessed with London, and spent 80% of the transport budget there. They can afford to take a two faced and complacent approach towards Manchester, because they have liittle or no opposition,as we will see,shortly in Wythenshaw.

AnonymousFebruary 7th 2014.

Is a DISGRACE how much is spent per head on public transport in Greater Manchester when think how much is spent in LONDON....WHY DO WE PUT UP WITH IT????

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DavidFebruary 8th 2014.

We put with it because we keep voting for Labour and until that changes and they get the message that they cannot assume our votes then nothing will change.

AnonymousFebruary 8th 2014.

Any comment from Joan or Kevin?

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