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Save the date! Metrolink’s new Second City Crossing opens soon

Lee Howarth

Manchester’s transformational new tram line is on track to open to passengers later this month, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) announced today.

Subject to final testing and commissioning, the first passenger services will run on the new Second City Crossing on Sunday 26 February.

The new line will offer new links and more frequent trams through Manchester city centre, as well as improved service reliability and greater operational flexibility.

This city crossing runs from a major new stop at St Pet er ’s Square along Cross Street to stops at Exchange Square and Victoria, and will allow more trams to run through the city centre and across the 93-stop network.

The Second City Crossing is the final piece in Metrolink’s £1.5bn ‘big bang’ expansion programme – which has seen extensions to MediaCityUK, East Didsbury, Rochdale via Oldham, Ashton and Manchester Airport.

Importantly, the new line will support the tram network’s future growth by allowing for increased services to run on some lines as demand to travel grows.

Construction work on the new city crossing finished late last year and has been followed by a rigorous testing and commissioning process, including driver training.

When the new line opens, Manchester Airport services will run to the city centre Deansgate-Castlefield stop and, later this year, will continue to Victoria.

Services that currently terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield and Exchange Square will continue across the city centre to Shaw and Crompton and East Didsbury.

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: “The return of passenger trams to this area of the city will be a historic day and the culmination of years of hard work. I look forward to our customers right across the tram network experiencing the benefits.

“We are gearing up to make some changes to services from the launch of the new line on Sunday 26 February and you can find out more now at www.metrolink.co.uk.”

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, was one of the first people to ride the new route on a test tram.

He added: “Not only will the Second City Crossing offer more trams through the city – on a more flexible, reliable tram network – but also a fantastic new view of historic Manchester landmarks such as the Royal Exchange and Manchester Town Hall.”

The Second City Crossing is part of the transformational Grow project which is seeing major investment into city centre infrastructure improvements, including bus priority  measures, six new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail  improvements.

The first phase of the Second City Crossing opened from Victoria through to a new stop at Exchange Square in December 2015.

Fast-tracked thanks to the European Regional Development Fund, this section of the new line allowed a six-minute daytime service to run between Shaw and Crompton, Oldham and Exchange Square from Monday to Saturdays.

The Deansgate-Castlefield and Victoria stops have also been upgraded in readiness to handle more services when the Second City Crossing opens later this month.

A campaign is now under way to remind customers of upcoming service changes from Sunday 26 February:

·         Altrincham – Bury (via Market Street)

·         Altrincham – Etihad Campus

·         Bury – Piccadilly

·         Ashton-under-Lyne – Eccles

·         MediaCityUK – Piccadilly

·         Manchester Airport – Deansgate-Castlefield

·         East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre (via Exchange Square)

·         East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton (via Exchange Square)

For more information on Metrolink services visit www.metrolink.co.uk, call Metrolink Customer Services on 0161 205 2000 or follow @MCRMetrolink for live travel updates.

Stay ahead of the game this Thursday - Manchester United v St Etienne FC

Lee Howarth

Drivers are being urged to plan ahead to avoid match-day hold-ups when Manchester United play St Etienne FC on Thursday night.

Transport for Greater Manchester and Greater Manchester Police are working together to help commuters and away fans make their journeys as easily as possible.

The highest risk of congestion for commuters heading home is between 4pm and 7pm as away fans are walked to the stadium en masse and roads are closed in a series of rolling restrictions.

TfGM’s event manager John Fryer said: “We have a good plan in place to minimise the impact of the game on people’s journeys but commuters can help play their part.

“If drivers can use a different route or travel at a different time, it can really make a difference for everyone. And if they can’t avoid the area they should expect it to take a bit longer.

“Buses will also be affected by the closures so passengers should expect their journey to take longer if they can’t use an alternative service.

“Public transport will of course be busy, as it is every match-day, so the general message is plan ahead, please, and be patient.”

The following bus services route around the road closures and are likely to have journey times affected between 4pm and 7pm: 8, 10, 27, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 50, 53, 63, 67, 73, 79, 92, 93, 97, 98, 100, V1, V2, V3, X34, Metroshuttle 1 and 2.

TfGM has produced a map highlighting the hotspots to avoid as fans make their way to Old Trafford, and they will be using French in some of their tweets to help the visiting supporters.

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

Salford Quays Travel Survey - Complete a survey today for FREE travel incentives!

Lee Howarth

Transport for Greater Manchester is getting in touch to help save you time and money on your daily commute, meaning you can Commute Better.

Simply complete our short survey about how you currently travel and we’ll provide information on ways to get work you may not have considered before, including the best times to travel.

You have the option to receive a travel information pack and, if you are eligible, exclusive incentives including discounted 4-weekly tickets on Metrolink or bus.

Enter now for you chance to win £100 of high street shopping vouchers!

Complete the Travel Survey here by Friday 3rd March

Trafford Park Line Update - Overnight Closure of Parkway

Lee Howarth

Dear Recipient,

As you may be aware, advance works have started on the much anticipated Metrolink Trafford Park Line. This new six stop route will offer fast, frequent connections to jobs, leisure, shopping and cultural destinations and across the wider tram network.

As part of the preliminary works for the Trafford Park line there will be the need to lay utility ducting across Parkway overnight. These works will result in the following closure of Parkway:

·        From Parkway Circle to Barton Dock Road (Southbound towards M60) on Tuesday 14th February from 8:00pm until 5:00am.

Please click here for PDF Southbound map.

·        Towards Parkway Circle (Northbound) on Wednesday 15th February from 8:00pm until 5:00am.

Please click here for PDF Northbound map.

There will be a signed diversion route in place as per the maps attached to this email. Please note it is necessary to carry out these works overnight works to minimise impact on road users as traffic flow is at a minimum.

We will continue to keep people informed through social media, issue updates to the contacts registered via the project website www.tfgm.com/MetrolinkTPL and engage with businesses in the vicinity of the works.

If you have any question regarding these works, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind Regards,

Bethan Stanway
Communications Officer

Transport for Greater Manchester

2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG

www.tfgm.com

www.tfgm.com/MetrolinkTPL

Put a step in your spring

Lee Howarth

Flourishing flowers, warmer weather, lighter days and local landmarks are just some of the great reasons to lace up your walking boots for a new event this spring, say transport leaders.

From Friday 3 to Sunday 5 March, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will be holding its first ever Spring Walking Weekend, offering free guided walks in Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan.

The British springtime – often heralded for its beauty as the landscape begins to burst into colour – is the perfect time for people to get out and about to explore places right on their doorstep or new areas further afield.

The weekend will feature 30 fun and friendly guided walks, offering something for every age, interest and ability.

Walkers will be able to follow in the footsteps of the Roman legions, learn about the region’s rich industrial heritage and explore plantations, reservoirs, stately homes and even meet a wizard.

For full details please click here.

Metrolink Trafford Park Line update from TfGM

Lee Howarth

Dear Recipient,

As you may be aware, advance works have started on the much anticipated Metrolink Trafford Park Line. This new six stop route will offer fast, frequent connections to jobs, leisure, shopping and cultural destinations and across the wider tram network. For further information on the project please visit www.tfgm.com/MetrolinkTPL.

I am writing to inform you that as part of the advance works we are clearing trees and vegetation along the route to prepare the land for construction works. The work is now underway and will take place at various locations along the route over the next few months.

Please be assured that there will be an ecological check to all vegetation being cleared and Transport for Greater Manchester will be planting trees as part of the landscape strategy for the scheme, in discussion with Trafford Council.

In order to ensure these works are progressed safely and efficiently, localised traffic management measures will be in place along the route which may also result in isolated lane closures in areas. We will aim to reduce disruption where possible although road users may wish to allow extra time for their journey. Parking may be affected in certain locations such as Warren Bruce Road, Stadium Point and Hovis. Where parking is affected, advance notification will be given by means of notices on lampposts and leaflets on cars.

We will keep people informed through social media, issue out updates to the contacts that have registered via the project website www.tfgm.com/MetrolinkTPL and engage with businesses in the vicinity of the works.

Kind Regards,

Bethan Stanway
Communications Officer

Transport for Greater Manchester

2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG

www.tfgm.com

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