The passenger transport body has welcomed in the New Year with an increase in utility diversion work to make way for the Metrolink second city crossing.
Transport for Greater Manchester has written to occupiers along the new tram route with a schedule of road closures. The list covers parts of King Street, Cross Street, Brown Street, Oxford Road, Essex Street, Cooper Street, Marsden Street, Booth Street and Princess Street. The shortest closure is for one week from Monday 19 January on George Street at the junction of Oxford Road. The longest closure is for 12 weeks at King Street between Cross Street and Cheapside from Monday 5 January.
TfGM said works were "reduced [last month] to accommodate the increased numbers of people in the city centre over the Christmas period. As a result, these works will now be carried out along the 2CC route and adjacent streets in January 2015."
The second city crossing is due to begin operating in 2017; beginning in Lower Mosley Street and running through St Peter's Square, turning down Princess Street and heading along Cross Street and Corporation Street before re-joining the existing Metrolink line at the expanded Victoria Metrolink stop.