Transport for Greater Manchester announces further Metrolink changes whilst work on cracked rail continues

Transport for Greater Manchester have admitted that there have been issues with punctuality.
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Transport for Greater Manchester has announced further changes to the Metrolink network as repairs continue to a cracked line near Victoria.

No trams have operated between Exchange Square and Victoria since January 17 after the track defect was discovered in one of the specialised crossings. The crossing was removed and is undergoing repairs off-site at the manufacturer’s premises.

To try and keep people on the move whilst these repairs take place, the tram stop at Exchange Square will reopen but East Didsbury-Rochdale services will continue to go via Market Street. In addition, from Monday (February 12) the East Didsbury to Shaw and Crompton service will only run between East Didsbury and Exchange Square, instead of running out to Shaw and Crompton. There will however be increased double trams through to Rochdale.

Metrolink tram on Cross StMetrolink tram on Cross St
Metrolink tram on Cross St

Danny Vaughan, TfGM’s Head of Metrolink, said: “I want to give a huge thank you to passengers for their patience while these important repairs are taking place. Since the initial discovery of the damaged rail, ensuring a safe and reliable service has been our number one priority. However, we accept that there have been punctuality issues in recent weeks.

“By introducing this new service pattern and reopening Exchange Square, we are hoping to provide a more reliable service on the impacted lines, and more doubles through Oldham and Rochdale for our passengers.”

The latest information on the TfGM website reads: "From the start of service on Monday 12 February, the East Didsbury-Shaw and Crompton service will operate between East Didsbury and Exchange Square only. There will be no peak service between Shaw and Crompton and Exchange Square. The East Didsbury-Rochdale Town Centre service will continue to operate via Market Street, Shudehill and Victoria, and there will be additional double trams so everyone can make their journey. This change has been made to reduce congestion in Manchester city centre, journey times and the number of delays across the Metrolink network."