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Manchester Victoria Metrolink station hit by delay

The planned upgrade of the Metrolink tram stop at Manchester Victoria has been delayed.

Artist impression of the revamped Manchester Victoria Metrolink station.

Artist impression of the revamped Manchester Victoria Metrolink station.

It was originally planned to be complete in November 2014, but Network Rail said today that it will not now reopen until early 2015.

A statement from the rail infrastructure operator said: “The additional time now required to complete the project is due to the complex nature of the construction and engineering works being carried out and to avoid any additional impact during the busy Christmas period.”

The project, which is being delivered by Network Rail in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), involves the Metrolink stop being redesigned and expanded to provide additional platforms and tracks.

The stop has been closed to passengers since February 2014, and Metrolink services have been running through the station on a single line of track. This will continue until February next year.

Debbie Francis, route finance director for Network Rail, said: “The completion of the Metrolink stop, which is part of the wider Manchester Victoria redevelopment, has regrettably been delayed and, after discussions with TfGM and Manchester City Council, is now due to reopen in February 2015.

“An extended closure of the line through the area is needed to complete the complex upgrade and this would disrupt passengers even further and impact the city in the build up to Christmas – one of the busiest times of the year for businesses and the economy.

“With this in mind, the closure of the track has been postponed and will now take place after the festive period. Further information will be available to passengers in December regarding the timing and impact of the closure.”

Manchester Victoria Station is getting a £44M revamp as part of the £1bn Northern Hub and North West Electrification Programme.

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