Yesterday there were several stories in the media about a proposed relocation of the Cenotaph in St. Peter’s Square to make way for a realigned Metrolink stop. A picture can say a hundred words: so that’s why we’ve half-inched this image of the proposed layout of the new tram stop from the report to the City Council (PDF format).
Various plans for the construction of a “second city crossing” between the Deansgate-Castlefield area and Victoria station have been mooted to provide additional line capacity to carry all the extra trams needed to operate the expanded system. Whilst one early suggestion was for a line straight down the length of Deansgate, the favoured route of late had been across Albert Square and down Cross Street and Corporation Street. Yesterday’s report signifies a change to that route, to operate via St. Peter’s Square and Princess Street in order to reach Cross Street.
Along with the relocated Cenotaph, from the image we can make out two island platforms at the relocated tram stop, allowing for cross-platform connections between the original line via Piccadilly Gardens and the new second city crossing line which diverges up Princess Street at the eastern end of the station. It looks as if the section of Mosley Street near the Central Library will be closed to other traffic to make way for the station, but we await confirmation on that. It should also be noted that as part of the cross-city bus package (awaiting funding) Princess Street was to become a two-way street.
The second city crossing is still some years away, with an estimated opening date of 2016.