Metrolink to start Victoria works this month

Work on the nine-month refurbishment of Manchester Victoria Metrolink stop is set to start on Friday 21 February.

TfGM VictoriaThe 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, to fit in 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 including replacement bus services and reduced frequency of trams.

Peter Cushing, TfGM's Metrolink director, said: "The Victoria project is incredibly exciting, it complements the wider transformation of the station but also plays an essential part of Metrolink's Second City Crossing development and ongoing 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."

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