The first passenger services will run on the new tram line through central Manchester on Sunday 26 February, Transport for Greater Manchester said today.
This city crossing runs from a newly built stop at St Peter’s Square along Princess Street past the side of the Town Hall to Cross Street where it turns and runs along to new stops at Exchange Square and Victoria. The new line increases capacity, offering passengers the prospect of greater frequency and reliability, as more trams run through the city centre and across the 93-stop network.
The second city crossing is the final piece in Metrolink’s £1.5bn expansion programme, which has seen extensions to MediaCityUK, East Didsbury, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton and Manchester Airport.
Construction on the new crossing finished late last year and has been followed by testing and commissioning, including driver training.
When the new line opens, Manchester Airport services will run to the city centre Deansgate-Castlefield stop and, later this year, will continue to Victoria.
Services that currently terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield and Exchange Square will continue across the city centre to Shaw and Crompton and East Didsbury.
Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: “The return of passenger trams to this area of the city will be a historic day and the culmination of years of hard work. I look forward to our customers right across the tram network experiencing the benefits.
“We are gearing up to make some changes to services from the launch of the new line on Sunday 26 February and you can find out more now at www.metrolink.co.uk.”