Metrolink Update – June 2015 ….

Posted on June 9th, 2015, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson, our Secretary writes :

Two parts to this Metrolink update:


Market Street stop improvement works over the next two weekends in June

Work continues in improving the Market Street stop with trams passing through without stopping on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June 2015.  Passengers travelling to Market Street should use either Shudehill, Piccadilly or St Peter’s Square stops.  This work should see the start on proving the replacement shelters now the platform surface has been replaced, then the Information screens will be re-installed.

The following weekend, Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June 2015 sees the work continue with no trams operating between Victoria and Piccadilly Gardens all weekend, and NO trams on the Bury line after 1800 on Sunday.  This means tram services will operate from Altrincham to Piccadilly every 12 minutes with an additional service operating Altrincham to Etihad Campus from 0900 to 1800, Saturday only.  There will be no Altrincham – Bury direct services over this weekend.  Bus replacement will operate Victoria to Piccadilly calling at all stops except Market Street.

After 1800 on Sunday 21st June, works at Victoria and on the Bury line will see no tram services operating through Victoria Station and on the Bury line.  After 1800 bus replacement will operate;
• Bury to Piccadilly calling at all stops except Market Street
• Central Park to Piccadilly calling at all stops except Market Street.

For updates and full details click here.


Deansgate – Castlefield stop update

Both platforms are now fully open, with the outbound services now using the newly reopened refurbished platform but still some finishing touches to go.  Inbound services can use either side of the island platform.

From Monday 8 June the newly modernised exhibition footbridge linking the Deansgate-Castlefield stop with the nearby train station reopened to passengers, making the stop step-free again following extensive construction work.

The steps linking to the exhibition footbridge and Deansgate railway station ramp are expected to reopen at the end of June and passengers are advised to enter and exit via the railway station until then.

The existing steps at First Street will remain open into July to allow final upgrade works to be completed.  They will then be removed when the newly built steps nearby open for use.

The lift and steps at the Deansgate end of the stop will open in August.


Please leave a comment

  1. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    A couple of comments: Wouldn’t Piccadilly Gardens also be a useful alternative stop if trams are not stopping at Market Street? Also the Deansgate footbridge didn’t reopen on Monday 8th June but it may have done so today, Tuesday 9th June.

  2. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    I can confirm (by having looked at skyscrapercity!) that the Deansgate footbridge did reopen today, Tuesday 9th June.

  3. Mike Battman Says:

    The road by Deansgate Locks is closed today (and it was yesterday) and there is a large mobile crane sat there; I assume it is lifting in the new stairs at the Albion Street end of the station.

  4. Paul w Says:

    Change to plans for this Sunday.

    The Bury line is shut all day not just from 1800hrs, with bus replacement from Piccadilly.
    This change became apparent on Monday afternoon and is due to additional signal system testing (for the Tram Management System TMS) is required which meant the closure had to be extended.

  5. Paul w Says:

    I am told the Improvement posters for June on the 96 metrolink stops will be changed!!

  6. Paul w Says:

    Further details of changes to Metroshuttle buses and the X1 service from Trafford BAr and Cornbrook direct to Piccadilly:

    From Monday 29 June until the end of August, a new Metrolink X1 shuttle bus will run a circular service between Piccadilly station, Trafford Bar and Cornbrook stops. Frequencies and times may change in line with customer demand. Customers should have a valid ticket before boarding the buses. Tickets are available from machines at all Metrolink tram stops

    X1 shuttle service: Piccadilly Station (Fairfield St) – Trafford Bar – Cornbrook – Piccadilly Station (Fairfield St) will run from 6am to 8pm M-F: approx. 10min frequency increased during peak times (7am-9.30am / 4pm-8pm) and approx ev10 mins 7am – 7pm on weekends. Frequencies and times may change in line with customer demand

    Metrolink tram services will run from Monday 29 June:full details at

    • Altrincham to Deansgate-Castlefield: 12 minute service with double trams.
    • Altrincham to Cornbrook: 12 minute service with single trams 0700-2000 Mon – Sat.
    • Bury to Piccadilly: 6 minute service (7am to 8pm M-F, 9am – 8pm Sat) and 12 minutes at all other times. Some double trams will run during weekday peak.
    • East Didsbury to Deansgate-Castlefield: 12 minute service with some double trams.
    • Eccles to Deansgate-Castlefield via MediaCityUK: 12 minute service with double trams.
    • Manchester Airport to Cornbrook: 12 minute service with single trams.
    • Rochdale town centre to Ashton-under-Lyne: 12 minute service with single trams.

    From Sunday 28 June the free city centre Metroshuttle bus routes and times will be changed to offer improved services to help people get around the city. The new routes introduce a direct link between Piccadilly and Victoria train stations for the first time, with more frequent services from Piccadilly Station, Oxford Rd Station, Deansgate Station and Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop and keeping connections to key shopping and business areas, along with NCP car parks, while offering more frequent services to popular areas of the city.

    Metroshuttle 1 Piccadilly Station – China Town (Portland St) – Manchester Central (Peter Street) – Deansgate (Spinningfield) – St Mary’s Gate – Piccadilly Station. Buses will run:
    Monday to Friday every 8 minutes, 7.00am – 7.30pm.
    Saturday every 8 minutes, 8.00am – 7.30pm.
    Sunday and public holidays every 10 minutes, 10.00am – 6.30pm.

    Metroshuttle 2 Piccadilly Station – Oxford Road Station – Deansgate Station – Spinningfield – Deansgate (Barton Arcade) – Victoria Station – Shudehill Interchange – Victoria Station – Deansgate Barton Arcade – Spinningfield – Deansgate Station – Oxford Road Station – Piccadilly Station. Buses will run:
    Monday to Friday every 10 minutes, 7.00am -7.30pm.
    Saturday every 10 minutes, 8.00am – 7.30pm.
    Sunday and public holidays every 12 minutes, 10.00am – 6.00pm.

    Metroshuttle 3 Piccadilly Station – MMU – Deansgate Station – MOSI – Deansgate Station – Oxford Road Station – Piccadilly Station. Buses will run:
    Monday to Friday every 10 minutes, 7.00am – 10.30am and 3.30pm -7.30pm.

    Click here for a Metroshuttle guide.

    Step free walking routes will also be signposted. A walking map can be downloaded and is available at city centre TfGM Travelshops at Shudehill Interchange and Piccadilly Gardens.

    More information is now available at and

  7. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    It’s bad that the X1 Piccadilly-Cornbrook bus finishes at 8pm on Monday to Friday and 7pm on Saturday and Sunday. Passengers arriving off trains at Piccadilly station bound for the Altrincham line will be left high and dry (unless they go for the train).

  8. Paul w Says:

    As do the Metroshuttle buses!
    Looks like everyone will have to walk across the city before 7am and after 8pm (7pm Friday/Saturday) to link to the other trams / Network Rail services!

    Similarly, the X1 shuttle bu doesn’t stop between Cornbrook and Piccadilly Station – so no getting off anywhere in between say Piccadilly Gardens – it will take you past the city centre, then you can walk / get a tram back!

    Note also the rerouting of the Metroshuttles with the
    Orange 1 doing a one-way loop round the edge of the city centre – Portland St -> Peter St-> Deansgate -> Shudehill -> Church St -> Dale St -> Piccdilly station;
    and service 2 and 3 linking Deansgate Castlefield and Piccadilly Station direct in both directions but not going near Piccadilly Gardens.

  9. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    Also trams users need to be aware that tram times are changing from 28th June. The first tram from Altrincham on Monday to Friday will be 6 minutes later at 0555 (to Deansgate-Castlefield) and then every 12 minutes. The 6-minute frequency starts from 0700 on Monday to Friday and the first Altrincham-Cornbrook tram is at 0713. The last tram from Deansgate-Castlefield to Altrincham is at 23.50 on Monday to Thursday and at 00.50 on Friday and Saturday nights. Tram times can be found by using the Journey Planner on the TfGM website at

  10. Mike Battman Says:

    A couple of things…

    I believe the Cornbrook to Piccadilly bus also serves Trafford Bar, probably easier to turn round using Chester Road.

    If you are at Piccadilly and want to get an Altrincham line tram after the last Cornbrook bus has gone, you can catch the Metroshuttle service to Deansgate. Not ideal but a viable alternative.

  11. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    I’m afraid not Mike. Metroshuttle routes 2 and 3 finiah at 1900 on Monday to Friday. There are trains from Piccadilly to Deansgate after 8pm generally at 20 and 46 past the hour (times vary each hour). Also the X50, 84 and 255 buses from Piccadilly Gardens call at Deansgate station.

  12. Simon Barber Says:

    But MetroShuttle to Deansgate finishes at 7.30 too!

  13. Paul w Says:

    and another thing:

    One leaflet (the transformation one) is telling you that #3 Metroshuttle is running peak hours only through the week and till late on saturdays and sundays, BUT, when you go on TfGM’s website, and check out the new leaflet,


    [I]Metroshuttle 3
    On Mondays to Fridays buses run every 10 minutes from 7.00am to 7.00pm. On Saturdays buses run every 10 minutes from 8.00am to 7.00pm. This service does not run on Sundays and public holidays.[/I]

  14. Mike Battman Says:

    I stand corrected, I thought they were being extended to work later.

  15. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    You could be right Mike. It’s just not clear (at this late stage).

  16. Paul w Says:

    Oops I took the wrong link!

    From 28 June 2015 Metroshuttle services in Manchester city centre are changing. Click here to see new routes or to find out more.

  17. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    The TfGM website is now saying:

    Metroshuttle 3 extended times

    Metroshuttle 3 will run later in the evening while Metrolink trams aren’t running through St Peter’s Square.

    Monday to Saturday until 11.55pm
    Sunday until 10.55pm

  18. Paul w Says:

    This is a right performance with different websites giving different informations!

    On Wednesday afternoon, it became apparent that TfGM had realised there were no replacement buses after 8pm through the week.

    Metroshuttle 3 has thus had extended evening services, but the times depend on the website you look at!
    Be aware that there is still different information out there!
    The printed guides
    are now out of date and say: Metroshuttle 3 Monday to Friday 7am–10.30am and 3.30pm– 7.30pm. Every 10 mins

    TfGM are saying
    Metroshuttle 3 Piccadilly Station – MMU – Deansgate Station – MOSI – Deansgate Station – Oxford Road Station – Piccadilly Station. Buses will run:Monday to Friday every 10 minutes, 7.00am – 10.30am and 3.30pm -7.30pm.
    While trams aren’t running through St Peter’s Square Metroshuttle 3 will temporarily run later in the evening for Metrolink customers. This may be subject to change.

    First Manchester are saying
    Buses will run:
    Monday to Friday up to every 10 minutes, 7.05am – 9.55am and 3.35pm – 6.55pm.
    Monday to Saturday up to every 15 minutes, 7.15pm – 11.30pm.
    Sunday and public holidays up to every 15 minutes, 6.15pm – 10.30pm.
    and they are the operators of the Metroshuttle buses!

    Metrolink are saying: see the transformation website:
    Metroshuttle 3
    Monday to Friday (Peak times only) Buses run every ten minutes between 7am – 10.30am and 3.30pm – 11.55pm
    Saturday Buses run every ten minutes from 7.15pm – 11.55pm
    Sunday Buses run every twelve minutes from 6.15pm – 10.55pm

    Bottom line is don’t rely on the last bus times!

    And expect further changes: As TfGM say:
    “While trams aren’t running through St Peter’s Square Metroshuttle 3 will temporarily run later in the evening for Metrolink customers. This may be subject to change.”

  19. Paul w Says:

    Metrolink working timetable from Monday 29th June

    Be aware these are large files with lots of pages if you try to print them off!
    They list every tram journey with internal “header” numbers etc

  20. Paul w Says:

    MEN has printed what amounts really to the press release from TfGM

    Of note for Altrincham line passengers is the reference to what trams are operating from Monday 29th fro 8 weeks
    Once again the use of the word “peak” has different times for tram tickets and for tram service.
    Tickets is the railway definition of peak = “before 0930 Mon-Fri”
    On Metrolink the “peak service” is 0700-2000 M-F and usually 0900 – 1800 on Sat.

    For completeness the expectation is that there will be
    double trams Altrincham – Deansgate Castlefield every 12 minutes 0600 to 2330 Mon – Thurs, 0600 to 0030 Fri / Sat.
    On Sundays trams every 15 mins 0700-2230 with enhanced service ev12mins 0930-1730

    single trams Altrincham – Cornbrook every 12mins from 0700-2000 Mon – Sat (this is described as “peak” in the press release – no Sunday service.

    Now going to lie down in a dark room!


  21. Mike Battman Says:

    Looks like the Smart Card system is going totally pear-shaped!

  22. Jen Says:

    By the time Manchester has it’s “Oyster” style scheme I imagine London will have scrapped Oysters with everyone using contactless bank cards or other methods to pay instead.

  23. Simon Barber Says:

    Oyster works pretty well and has been working for some years. It’s not clear why TfGM didn’t just agree with TfL to roll out Oyster here. It would have been quicker and cheaper than developing a new system. Now, it may be the only sensible option.

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