Metrolink trams will be returning to a new Manchester Victoria stop next month after a major overhaul to build new platforms and tracks.
The stop is expected to re-open to passengers by Wednesday 18 February, during a week of changes to Metrolink services that will allow an extended programme of work at Victoria and along Balloon Street to be completed.
The final stages of the Metrolink project will require a sequence of changes to tram services over the course of next month’s half-term week.
Between Saturday 14 and Tuesday 17 February, no services will run to or through Victoria with shuttle buses ferrying passengers into the city for drop-off and connect.
By Wednesday 18 February, trams from Bury and Rochdale will terminate at the new Victoria stop.
Services through Victoria, to Shudehill, Market Street and beyond, are expected to resume from the start of service on Saturday 21 February.
That milestone will result in the restoration of the six-minute service from Bury to the city centre and a direct Victoria to Piccadilly link.
Ian Joslin, area director for Network Rail, said: “The completion of and reopening of the tram stop at Manchester Victoria is a milestone in the redevelopment of the station.
“To allow us to complete the work, there will be changes to tram services between 14 and 21 February and we apologise for that.
“However, the result will ultimately be a better tram service with better connections to the railway as part of the stunning new Manchester Victoria station.”
Peter Cushing, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming our customers back on board at Victoria as the station’s wider redevelopment enters its final stages.
“We’ve been working closely with Network Rail to ensure this important stop reopens as soon as possible because, although there will still be a lot of construction activity in the station when that happens, it will restore key services and connections for passengers.