Platform for change as Metrolink work progresses in St Peter’s Square

The new-look Metrolink stop for Manchester’s St Peter’s Square is taking shape as construction work enters the final stages.

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Work continues apace on the expanded stop, which Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will open to passengers at the end of August.

The second platform and passenger shelter are now in place after a giant crane, on the adjacent 2 St Peter’s Square construction site, lifted the large precast concrete sections – each weighing up to 10 tonnes – into position; overnight.

A new video, shows the Metrolink stop, which is also the first on the tram network to have trees planted on its platforms. Both platforms have two trees to offer shade and greenery alongside the specially designed green themed passenger shelters.

A total of 22 new semi mature trees are currently being installed around the stop as part of Manchester City Council’s flagship redevelopment of St Peter’s Square into a major new civic space. 

As the 14 month build programme gets closer to the finishing line, contractor M-Pact Thales (MPT) is laying the final new stretches of tram line through the square. Coming weeks will also see fixtures and fittings, overhead line equipment and on stop furniture, installed.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “St Peter’s Square has a proud history and it’s fantastic to see this next step in its evolution really taking shape.

“Millions of passenger journeys will be made through this greener, cleaner and striking public area every year – and when the new Second City Crossing opens next year even more people will be able to travel into the city and enjoy everything Manchester has to offer.”