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Test trams run on Metrolink’s Second City Crossing

The first trials took place in the early hours of this morning of the new Metrolink line through Manchester city centre.

Metrolink began testing trams on the new section of the route between the new-look St Peter’s Square tram stop and Exchange Square stop. The Second City Crossing is due to open to passengers early in 2017, allowing Metrolink to run more frequent services through the city centre and across the 93-stop network.

The new line connects the expanded St Peter’s Square stop via Princess Street and Cross Street with Exchange Square and Victoria Station.

Construction of the line has contributed to Manchester’s worsening traffic congestion in the past couple of years.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink director, Peter Cushing, said: “This is an exciting time as we gear up to open this new line through the heart of the city early next year.

“After the busy festive period we’ll continue the testing and commissioning process to check all the infrastructure, and ensure drivers undertake training to familiarise themselves with the new route.

“As we prepare to open the line there will be changes to some local road layouts and further tram testing, so I’d urge pedestrians and all road users to be mindful and aware when travelling in the area.”

The line was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Why the mention of ‘traffic congestion’? Dear god.

It only takes 3-4 people per tram and you’ve already saved the space otherwise taken up by cars. Clearly worth any perceived short-term ‘pain’ to deliver these massive improvements. Other cities are envious of Metrolink.

By Zebith

Saw a test tram on this stretch yesterday (Wednesday 30th November) late morning. I thought it must be on test but it had a destination on the front and not the usual “Tram on Test” notice. Bit odd!

By John S

Will the roads being used for city crossing be exclusively for trams once operating?

By Cheshire Girl

“The line was partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund.” Just saying

By Steve S

Why the mention of ‘traffic congestion’?

Because it contribution significantly traffic congestion I would hazard a guess.

By Manc

What about the noise and visual impact? Mention that? Or the disruption to pedestrians (probably affecting more people than traffic ‘congestion’). This is a way of making a pro-motorist political point, and we are terrible for it in this country. GREAT that there is more congestion… it will force people out of their tin boxes and onto more sustainable modes.

By Zebith

Sorry to disappoint you, but improving public transport does not produce a significant shift of people out of their cars; it is only a myth propagated by the anti-road lobby groups.

By Anti-road

Dreadful walking around Manchester city centre last night breathing in the horrible exhaust fumes and trying to dodge cars stopped blocking pedestrian crossings.

By Nordyne

Who are these anti-road lobby groups sorry? And how exactly do they profit from promoting non-car modes?

You haven’t disappointed me, as I happen to know what I’m talking about. See all those trams full of people? How do you think they would have travelled otherwise? Trams haven’t always been there, yet people can be seen using them. Give people the option and they will use it – but yes, often it needs marketing too.

By Zebith

Anti road – you forgot to drop in ‘victimising the motorist’ or mention ‘road tax’, which i believe is mandatory when criticising pubic transport schemes.

By Nordyne