The new Metrolink stop at St Peter's Square is due to open at the end of the summer

Tram and rail passengers face summer disruption

A summer programme of tram and rail works begins on Sunday 26 June that will cause upheaval for Metrolink passengers and rail users going between Preston and Bolton, as well as Manchester and Huddersfield.

Work to complete a bigger and better St Peter’s Square stop in Manchester city centre means no north/south trams will operate across the city until the end of August.

At the same time, no trams will operate on the Eccles line while essential track maintenance work is carried out. Tram services will start running as far as MediaCityUK in early August, with the full line to Eccles reopening at the end of August. Train services from Eccles and Patricroft rail stations to/from Manchester will operate as normal.

A range of replacement bus services will run through Manchester city centre and along the Eccles via MediaCityUK Metrolink line during the summer transformation work. Passengers are reminded that they need to purchase a valid ticket – available from ticket machines on stop or via the free to download get me there app – before boarding a tram or one of the replacement bus services.

In addition, TfGM is reminding the travelling public that no trains will be operating between Preston and Bolton (via Chorley) this weekend – and every weekend until October – as part of the North West electrification programme. A replacement bus service will be in operation.

The second of 10 consecutive Sunday closures of the rail line between Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield via Stalybridge will also see a replacement bus service in operation – again as part of the North West electrification programme.

In Salford, Trinity Way will be closed between Hampson Street and Irwell Street from 8pm on Saturday 25 June until 6am on Monday 27 June as part of the Ordsall Chord project, which will see Manchester Victoria and Piccadilly rail stations connected together for the first time.

Peter Cushing, TfGM’s Metrolink director, said: “It’s a big summer of change for Metrolink as we get ready to open the new St Peter’s Square tram stop and carry out essential track maintenance on the Eccles line.

“We’ve planned Metrolink and replacement bus services very carefully to make sure we’re providing good transport links right across the tram network. We’ll also be signposting and promoting a walking route through Manchester city centre.

“With other vital improvement works happening across other modes I’d encourage passengers to plan in advance and give themselves that little bit more time to complete their journey.”

Click here to see the network map, showing line closures and replacement services, for Sunday 26 June


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