Multi-million pound refurbishment of Manchester Victoria will see station’s Metrolink completely transformed

By Sarah Hodgson

The multi-million pound transformation of Manchester Victoria will see the station’s Metrolink stop completely transformed.

It will be redesigned to provide new platforms to increase capacity and allow more trams to travel through Victoria.

Transport for Greater Manchester has warned that there will be disruptions when the work is carried out between January and September next year.

The Victoria stop will close temporarily and alternative public transport will be in operation, including extra trams and shuttle buses.

Peter Cushing, TfGM’s Metrolink Director, said: “We’ve arranged for the work to the Metrolink stop and tracks through Victoria to be done quickly and efficiently in parallel with the station’s overall upgrade to minimise the long term disruption and to ensure passengers can benefit from it as soon as possible.”

During the work trams will need to run in both directions on a single line of track through Victoria.

Mr Cushing said: “By closing the stop to passengers, we can run more services through Victoria on the single line but it’s also safer, given the nature of the work being done.

“The transformation of Victoria station is a fantastic project and Metrolink passengers are going to benefit from it greatly.”

Passengers wishing to get trams to or from rail services or Manchester Arena events at Victoria are advised to use the nearby Shudehill stop.

Additional signage and ticket vending facilities will be provided at Shudehill, and staff will be on hand during peak times – including during arena events.

The Metrolink stop work and associated enhancements are being funded by the Greater Manchester Transport Fund and European Regional Development Fund.

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