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Watch Out In 2015 For St Peter's Sq Tram Stop Closure

As the station expands and the square develops halts will happen

Published on July 9th 2014.

Watch Out In 2015 For St Peter's Sq Tram Stop Closure

TRANSPORT leaders in Greater Manchester have been consulted on the next major phase of Metrolink’s Second City Crossing programme.

There will be two eight-week periods, either side of the single line running, where all tram services through St Peter’s Square will be temporarily suspended.

Work to deliver the new tram line through Manchester city centre, which will increase capacity and resilience in the system, will require changes to Metrolink services through St Peter’s Square starting next summer.

This major construction scheme will transform the area’s stop by relocating the existing stop to allow for greater public space in the main area of the square.

This will require two new island platforms to be created and two sets of existing track to be replaced with four sets of new track through the new stop.

Improvements will also be made to public and pedestrian areas to complement Manchester City Council’s flagship redevelopment of the square - including the controversial Library Walk plans. 

From next summer, the stop will close for around 14 months.

In a similar operation to the current Victoria stop closure, single line running will be introduced for 10 months to allow vital engineering works to be carried out as quickly as possible – while minimising disruption for passengers by maintaining a service through the city.

There will be two eight-week periods, either side of the single line running, where all tram services through St Peter’s Square will be temporarily suspended.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “This is a massive project that requires significant changes and will, unavoidably, come with a level of disruption.

“Given the location and the work involved there is no easy way of delivering this scheme. Both the scale and complexities involved – set against the importance of maintaining services through the city – mean this is the best possible option.

“The alternatives would have required a much longer complete closure to passenger services, and the plan enables passengers to keep moving around the city for as long as possible to employment, shopping and events.

“Having the summertime closures – when the holiday period is in full swing and services are quieter – either side of the single line running means we can instead get everything done as quickly as possible whilst maintaining a service through the city."

The redevelopment of the Deansgate-Castlefield stop will be complete before the changes at St Peter’s Square come into effect and will provide a turning point for trams south of the city centre, during the closure and the single line working.

The new line, due 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.

In addition to the transformation of the Deansgate-Castlefield, St Peter’s Square and Manchester Victoria stops, a new stop also will be built in Exchange Square.

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

AnonymousJuly 9th 2014.

wow 4 months of south Manchester trams stopping at deansgate.

AnonymousJuly 9th 2014.

Oh dear people will have to walk to gmex or Piccadilly boo hoo!!

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

A lot of people work the other side of town they will be back on the bus or driving for sure

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

The other side of town? Yes, just that. Not the other side of Greater Manchester. One of the great beauties if Manchester is that it's walkable and, St. Peter's Square to Piccadilly or Knott Mill will take five minutes.

AnonymousJuly 11th 2014.

So if it is not a problem to walk the few minutes from St Peter's to Piccadilly, or Knot Mill, why not do away with this stop permanently? It would make the square less cluttered with those huge imposing platforms.

AnonymousJuly 11th 2014.

It's a pity that with all of the work asking place on the square that platforms will still be there. Unsightly beasts. They're a necessity, sadly. At least they won't play a part in the Rememberance Sunday ceremony.

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

The impact of which would have been minimised had they looked at the alternative second-city crossing put forward...

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AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

What was the alternative?

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Go down Deansgate

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

*rolls eyes* @ anon3

AnonymousJuly 10th 2014.

Seems as though ManCon is simply posting TFGM press releases untouched. The fact that the tram stop will close for 14 months does not seem to have registered with you.

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Try harderJuly 10th 2014.

Sixth paragraph: "From next summer, the stop will close for around 14 months." You didn't read the article, did you?

AnonymousJuly 11th 2014.

Hey!...the good news is is the council will be planting American redwood trees, at least around the paved area surrounding Central Library. £20k a tree I heard.

AnonymousJuly 16th 2014.

Not true

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