The Classified Check on Christmas and New Year trains and trams in Tameside and surrounding area
Following our rundown of Yuletide bus operations, East of the M60 has placed before your very eyes a guide to train and tram services during “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.
This year, our trains and trams have hardly been out of the headlines. In time for Christmas, the spur from Manchester Victoria to Exchange Square has increased Victoria to Shaw trams from every 12 minutes to every 6 minutes. We have seen the Northern Powerhouse plans put on ice, and reinvigorated; we could be seeing the last of our Pacer units by the end of this decade!
By next year, the Second City Crossing will be done, with trams continuing south of Exchange Square to St. Peter’s Square and, possibly, Manchester Airport. The shovels will be ready for the Trafford Park line, and (on heavy rail) the Ordsall Curve. What’s definitely happening in April 2016 will be a new franchise holder for the Northern rail franchise.
As always, the best way of exploring Greater Manchester this Christmas is by bus, train and tram. Even better with a season ticket or day rover ticket of some description.
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21 – 23, 29 and 30 December: normal weekday services. Usual morning and evening peak restrictions apply within Greater Manchester area.
Christmas Eve: normal weekday services though with early finish from 2000 hours onwards. Again, usual morning and evening peak restrictions apply within Greater Manchester area.
Christmas Day and Boxing Day: no services.
27 December 2014: normal Sunday services
28 December 2014 (Christmas Bank Holiday): normal weekday services though with Bank Holiday validity period (no morning and evening peaks).
New Year’s Eve: normal weekday services though with early finish from 2000 hours onwards on Northern Rail journeys. Again, usual morning and evening peak restrictions apply within Greater Manchester area.
New Year’s Day: normal weekday services though with fewer early morning trains. No peak hour restrictions.
02 January 2016: normal services resume.
21 – 23 December 2014: normal weekday services.
Christmas Eve: normal weekday service with early finish. Last trams from Manchester city centre departing at 2100 hours.
Christmas Day: no service.
Boxing Day, 27 and 28 December (Christmas Bank Holiday): full Sunday service (every 12 minutes on East Manchester Line till 1700 hours then every 15 minutes thereafter).
29, 30 December 2014: normal weekday service.
New Year’s Eve: normal Friday service with last trams from Manchester city centre departing at 0100.
New Year’s Day: Sunday service.
02 January 2015: normal services resume.
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If you have any queries, it may be worth telephoning your local operator as well as using Traveline’s service [0871 200 2233] or the internet to plan your journey with. The telephone numbers are as follows. For enquiries regarding scheduled tram services, you can give Metrolink RATP Dev UK a call on 0161 205 2000.
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As always, If there’s any additions to the above article, feel free to add them to this post. Season’s greetings…
S.V., 17 December 2015.