St Peter’s Square Metrolink images revealed

Transport for Greater Manchester has released a series of visuals showing the proposed new tram stop, as part of a campaign to highlight summer service changes.

The first phase of works will see the stop close from Sunday 28 June, with no tram services running through it until the end of August.

The summer closure is the start of a 14-month construction programme that will see a new, expanded stop built closer to the new Cenotaph. The stop will have two island-style platforms and two sets of track in each direction, allowing more services to run through it on the existing lines and the Second City Crossing line.

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The first phase of works through to the end of August 2015 will see changes to track and infrastructure so that trams can continue to run through St Peter's Square.

Services will run in both directions on a single line through the square for the ten-month construction period as works for the new stop take place nearby.

A final eight-week closure will follow in summer 2016 before St Peter's Square services reopen in the autumn. The Second City Crossing route is expected to complete in 2017.

The following services will run during the eight-week stop closure starting on Sunday 28 June:

  • Altrincham to Deansgate-Castlefield: 12 minute service with double trams
  • Altrincham to Cornbrook: Peak only 12 minute service with single trams
  • Bury to Piccadilly: 6 minute service (7am to 8pm Mon-Fri, 9am – 8pm Sat) and 12 minutes at all other times. Some double trams will run during weekday peak
  • East Didsbury to Deansgate-Castlefield: 12 minute service with double trams in the peak
  • Eccles to Deansgate-Castlefield via MediaCityUK: 12 minute service with double trams
  • Manchester Airport to Cornbrook: 12 minute service with single trams
  • Rochdale town centre to Ashton-under-Lyne: 12 minute service with single trams

A Metrolink shuttle bus will run from the Cornbrook stop direct to Piccadilly, while passengers will also be able to catch free Metroshuttle bus services at Deansgate-Castlefield.

Peter Cushing, Metrolink director of TfGM, said: "We're completely rebuilding the St Peter's Square stop and all our planning has been geared towards limiting the impact, as far as possible, on our customers and the services we offer.

"We need to stop running trams run through St Peter's Square at the start and end of the construction work – so we've planned this during the quieter summer months.

"Over eight weeks this summer we'll be carrying out works to make sure we can keep trams running on a single line through the square for the vast majority of the work programme. It's all geared towards keeping connections for our customers across the city for people to get to work, shops, and travel to big events or enjoy a night out.

"Make no mistake, it's a hugely complex and challenging construction project, but I'm confident we've planned the right services to keep reliable, frequent tram links across the city."

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Excellent. Something nice, colorful and bright to brighten up the space…

By Chris

The Cenotaph will be in the middle of the tram tracks?! I like the Lego bricks on the platforms though.

By Jonty

That is not the cenotaph. That the cross the marks the site of the old St Peters Church.

By Peter

Loving the retro 1980s CGI.. looks like something out of a Dire Straits video

By Tom

I seem to recall a competition amongst architects to come up with a world class design for this vital space. Is that really the best that they could come up with?

By Ian Jones

Ian, Thats what happens when architects design things that are outside.

By Chris

I stand corrected. I suppose they can’t really move that. The landscape is by a landscape architect –

By Jonty

@Tom or a Playstation2 GTA game

By Jonty

Not convinced enough thought and effort has gone into the aesthetics…

By Architect

What happened to all the trees – jacaranda weren’t they?

By Tony Heyes