TfGM calls out for views on Second City Crossing

Transport for Greater Manchester said thousands of people attended a series of public consultation exhibitions over plans for a second Metrolink tram line through Manchester city centre.

TfGM is halfway through a public consultation on the proposals and is urging people to share their views by Friday 9 September when the consultation period ends.

Under the proposals, a second city Metrolink tram line will run from the Deansgate-Castlefield stop, through St Peter's Square, along Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street to re-join the existing Metrolink line just outside Victoria Station.

Philip Purdy, TfGM's Metrolink director, said: "A second city Metrolink line is a vital part of the overall expansion of Metrolink, providing the necessary capacity, flexibility and reliability for the future tram network to operate.

"The final exhibition was held this week, but there are still plenty of ways for people to get more information about the second city Metrolink line and, crucially, let us know what they think by writing to or emailing us.

"We only have one chance to get this right and, given how important this development is for Greater Manchester, I hope as many people as possible take the time to look at the proposals for the second city crossing and share their views with us."

Following confirmation of Transport and Works Act powers and appointing a contractor, TfGM said it is anticipated that construction of the second city line is likely to commence in 2013 with the extension set to be in service in late 2016.

The proposed line would be approximately 1.6km with two stops, a new, larger tram stop at St Peter's Square and a stop at Exchange Square as well as enhancements to Metrolink facilities at Victoria Station.

TfGM has also worked closely with Manchester City Council to ensure the route fits the council's regeneration aspirations for St Peter's Square, which is expected to contain the busiest tram stop on the expanded network.

The Cenotaph relocation proposals are part of a separate but related consultation which is being run by Manchester City Council.

  • Anyone wishing to submit their views should complete and return a response form in the consultation brochure, which is available from Travelshops in Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill Interchange and on the TfGM website here

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Artists impression of how St.Peters Square could look if we tell the artist to ignore any of the annoying realities of tram infrastructure such as overhead power cables, support columns, signals etc and all the other over-engineered, clunky, ugly paraphernalia that goes with Metrolink!

Bury it underground would be my consultation response….

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