Another piece of the Metrolink Second City Crossing jigsaw fell into place today when part of Cross Street reopened to traffic.
Work to lay new tram tracks along Cross Street between King Street and the junction with Princess Street and John Dalton Street is now complete and the roads reopened this morning.
The new tram line through the heart of the city centre will allow Metrolink to run more frequent, reliable and flexible services through the city and across the wider tram network when it opens in 2017.
The major £165 million project forms part of the wider £1bn Grow project to help future-proof the city centre – which is expected to attract an extra 40,000 jobs in the next six years – and is now set to enter the final phase of track construction.
On April 4, the Metrolink contractor will start preparation work to lay tracks along Princess Street, which will require the road to be closed temporarily to all through traffic from Clarence Street to Cooper Street. The day before, Peter Street and Oxford Street will reopen to two way traffic between Mount Street and Portland Street.
In December last year, the first section of the Second City Crossing opened between Victoria Station and a new stop at Exchange Square – thanks to a grant from the North West England European Regional Development Fund Programme.
The route will continue along Cross Street and Princess Street where trams will run into a new and expanded tram stop currently being built at St Peter’s Square, due to open to services later this year.
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