Post by Metroline1511 on Oct 25, 2015 17:57:54 GMT
There has been 2 pieces of news concerning Manchester Metrolink this month.
For passengers, the big news is that the first half of the Second City Crossing is due to open before Christmas. This will be the section from Victoria Station to Exchange Square. It has yet to be extended to St Peter's Square, where the stop is in the process of being rebuilt. Trams are therefore passing through on a reduced frequency until August 2016.
For enthusiasts, it is of interest that Metrolink is being retendered. The 4 bidders are current operators RATP, Transdev, Keolis Amey, and National Express. The new contract is due to start in July 2017.
Post by Metroline1511 on Oct 28, 2017 22:14:36 GMT
It took me until yesterday to ride the final new section, between St Peter's Square to Exchange Square. As it opened at the end of February I preferred to go further afield during the subsequent lighter months. I went on a Friday rather than a Saturday as I was doing a Mon-Fri peak hour bus ride in Eccles before it would be too dark in the afternoons. It was just as well I rode that section yesterday, as I was shocked to find it would be closed today for engineering.
The section from Manchester Airport was finally extended into the city centre - to Victoria via Market Street - on January 28th. It terminates in the middle track with both sets of doors opening at Victoria. I know this because I rode it earlier.