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.