End of month sees arrival of important link between St. Peter’s Square and Victoria
Shortly after the February half term holidays, a short yet important of the Metrolink system will open. The Second City Crossing (or 2CC for short) will offer a fast link from St. Peter’s Square to Victoria railway station with only one intermediate stop. At present, the only section of the 2CC that is open is the spur from Victoria to Exchange Square.
From Sunday 26 February, the new line will take passengers to St. Peter’s Square via Cross Street, Albert Square, and Princess Street. At St. Peter’s Square, the recently remodelled stop will see its four platforms in use. Likewise at the Victoria stop.
As a consequence, East Didsbury trams, presently terminating at Deansgate-Castlefield, will be extended to Shaw and Crompton. There will be ten trams per hour along the Second City Crossing with five per hour continuing to Rochdale Interchange.
Soon to benefit from 2CC will be the Manchester Airport service. At present, Ringway-bound trams terminate at Cornbrook. From the end of this month, they will terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield. By the end of this year, its terminus will be Victoria.
The Second City Crossing is the final part of Transport for Greater Manchester’s £1.5 billion Big Bang package. Next on the agenda for Greater Manchester’s light rail system will be the Trafford Centre line, due for completion in 2018.
S.V., 15 February 2017.