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      Thursday 23, October 2014

      Network Rail reveal delay to Manchester Victoria's Metrolink stop


      NETWORK Rail have announced that Manchester Victoria station’s Metrolink stop will not be completed until ‘early 2015’.


      The planned upgrade, which will see the original Victoria tram stop be completely redesigned and expanded so that it can accommodate the forthcoming Second City Crossing, was set to conclude next month but the complexity of the project has created delays.


      To avoid further complications during the busy Christmas period, the current single line service, which has bypassed the temporarily closed Victoria stop since February, will now remain in place until the New Year to allow the continuation of its £44m redevelopment.

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      Debbie Francis, of Network Rail, said: “The completion of the Metrolink stop, which is part of the wider Manchester Victoria redevelopment, has regrettably been delayed and, after discussions with TfGM and Manchester City Council, is now due to reopen in February 2015.

      "An extended closure of the line through the area is needed to complete the complex upgrade and this would disrupt passengers even further and impact the city in the build up to Christmas – one of the busiest times of the year for businesses and the economy.

      "We apologise for the delay and inconvenience this will cause and continue to work with TfGM and Manchester City Council to reopen the line as quickly as possible.”

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      Since February, members of the public have publicly criticised the single line tram service and some have even turned to alterative transport, so the latest news is unlikely to be welcomed by Metrolink passengers using the Bury and Rochdale services, and it hasn’t been welcomed by TfGM’s Metrolink director, Peter Cushing, either.

      “We are disappointed with the delay on this project,” Mr Cushing said.

      “We fully appreciate how much of a blow it will be for passengers who have been so accommodating of the temporary service changes these works have required and are sorry that the changes will now have to be in place until the New Year.

      “To that end we will be working closely with Network Rail to ensure these vital improvements are delivered as quickly as possible and that our customers experience the minimum levels of disruption.”

      This frustrating new comes with less than a fortnight to go before the Manchester Airport service becomes operational – the line opens on 3 November.

      The Metrolink network, as a whole, is currently benefitting from a £1.5 billion investment with Manchester Victoria being the flagship of this network-wide upgrade.

      By Liam McCallion

      Published by Liam McCallion on 15-01-2015 12:59