Have the long-running technical glitches on the MediaCityUK Metrolink spur finally been resolved? Possibly, for this week a dedicated service to MediaCityUK has been in operation, meaning daytime Eccles services no longer have to divert via the new spur. And what’s more, the 12-minute frequency to the new home of BBC North has been running from Piccadilly station, surprising given that previous plans were to operate to Cornbrook only. This may only be a temporary state of affairs until the turnback siding at Cornbrook is operational – capacity on the Castlefield viaduct will be needed when services start on the Chorlton line. The line between Piccadilly and Piccadilly Gardens should now see 24 trams per hour in each direction during peak hours – one every two to three minutes.
Unfortunately, as ever the Metrolink website hasn’t quite caught up with reality, with the live update page still advertising “a 12 minute service… operating between Eccles and Piccadilly Station via MediaCityUK”.