Plaque restored to mark key city centre Metrolink stop completion

(Published:12/12/2016)

​A plaque unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen to mark the official opening of Metrolink nearly 25 years ago is once again taking pride of place in St Peter’s Square.

Peter Jones and Cllr Andrew Fender at the St Peter's Square tram stop.jpg

The commemorative plaque, first unveiled in 1992, has been restored and installed to mark the completion of works at the bigger and better stop, which partially opened to passengers in August.

 

The 14 month-long construction project has been overseen by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) in partnership with contractor M-Pact Thales, a consortium of VolkerRail, Laing O’Rourke and Thales.

 

The stop is now more central to the square and features two new platforms and two sets of track. More than 20 trees have been planted throughout the square during construction work, including four on the stop itself – a first for Metrolink.

The redevelopment of the St Peter’s Square stop is an integral feature of the £165m Second City Crossing project.
 
Once it opens early next year, this new line through the heart of Manchester city centre will mark the conclusion of a transformational £1.5bn programme of investment in Metrolink. The system has trebled in size following extensions to MediaCityUK, Oldham, Rochdale, Ashton, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport.
 
Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “The St Peter’s Square stop is an important interchange destination on the network and the jewel in Metrolink’s crown, so I am delighted to see the plaque restored and taking pride of place in the heart of this fantastic new stop.
 
“Having chaired a strategy group from 1982 which developed the Metrolink concept, and having been present at the visit of Her Majesty, I’m feeling extremely nostalgic and this event has brought back some fantastic memories.
 
“Metrolink has come such a long way since then and I’m as proud of what we’ve achieved as I am excited about what’s yet to come.”
 
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, said: “With the completion of the Metrolink stop you begin to get a sense of how St Peter's Square will feel when the full transformation is complete early next year.
 
“It is clear that the square will become a well-used public space and will be a credit to the civic area of the city centre.”
 
The Second City Crossing is being delivered by MPT. Peter Jones, Operations Leader for MPT, said: “This unveiling sees the culmination of over three years of hard work completed by MPT.
 
“The team has achieved amazing results, building a world class urban realm environment and stop, whilst ensuring the project was completed to the highest of standards; maintaining strong relationships with stakeholders.”
 
The Second City Crossing is also part of the transformational Grow project which is seeing more than £1 billion invested into city centre infrastructure improvements by 2017, including bus priority measuressix new and better cycle routes into the city centre and major rail improvements.
 
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