Metrolink warning ahead of changes to Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens trams - with city centre road closed

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Metrolink bosses have issued a warning to people who travel on the tram between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens. 

No trams will run between the two major stops from June 22 to July 9 due to “essential track replacement work”. London Road will also be closed to traffic leaving the city centre where the Metrolink tracks cross the street close to Piccadilly station.  Increased traffic is anticipated on Fairfield Street, Store Street, Princess Street, Newton Street and the inner ring road.  A signed diversion will be in place for all traffic heading away from the city centre via Portland Street and Princess Street with an alternative diversion via Store Street. 

To mitigate the impact on some of Greater Manchester’s busiest and most frequent bus services, buses that normally use London Road to leave the city centre will be routed to avoid congestion hotspots via Chorlton Street and Fairfield Street. 

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Trams will not run between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens due to "essential" workTrams will not run between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens due to "essential" work
Trams will not run between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens due to "essential" work | TfGM

A tram bus replacement service will operate between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens. A signed walking route, taking around five minutes, will also be put in place between the two stops.  

Trams on the Ashton line will operate between Ashton and Piccadilly station. Passengers wanting to make an onward journey will need to walk or use the bus replacement service to Piccadilly Gardens.     ​  

Pete Sommers, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “During these essential works, we will be doing everything we can to keep disruption to a minimum with replacement bus services and signed diversions for vehicles and pedestrians.  Our control centre has good CCTV coverage at both the London Road closure points and on the diversion routes – and we also have support from our traffic signals team to ensure city centre traffic flows as freely as possible.”

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