Manchester’s new Metrolink line gets green light in public consultation

By Stephen Sumner

Plans for Manchester’s new Metrolink line have been given the green light in a consultation with the public, a report shows today.

Almost three in four people supported the development, which will see a new line, known as the Second City Crossing (2CC), following St Peter’s Square, Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street to Manchester Victoria.

Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Capital Projects and Policy Sub Committee will consider the report at a meeting this Friday.

Councillor Roger Jones, chair of the subcommittee, said: “We have had a very positive response to the Second City Crossing proposals not just in terms of the number of responses but in what people had to say about the scheme.

“The Second City Crossing is a crucial part of the expanding Metrolink network, so it is vital that we get it right.”

If approved on Friday, an application will be made for the plans to go ahead.

The proposed 2CC line will add new stops at Exchange Square and St Peter’s Square.

The latter will require the relocation of the Cenotaph, which also went to public consultation.

The council aims to balance the best solution for the city and the public purse with the priorities of the people who live, work and do business in Manchester, so the public consultation was essential in the decision.

A dedicated stakeholder engagement team met with businesses, occupiers, residents and landlords to discuss the plans in depth.

The consultation was widely publicised, with a dedicated website, brochures distributed across the city, public exhibitions, and a poster campaign at every Metrolink stop.

People could respond to the consultation, and issues covered include the redevelopment of St Peter’s Square and the Peace Gardens, funding, the impact on car users, bus users, cyclists and pedestrians, disabled access, and the effects on the environment and on businesses.

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