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Major tram works planned for St Peter's Square in Manchester

St Peter's Square will be redeveloped for the new second city crossing. Credit: Transport for Greater Manchester.

St Peter's Square Metrolink stop in Manchester City Centre will close for 14 months next year as work gets under way on the second city crossing.

Transport for Greater Manchester says the construction scheme will involve relocating the existing stop to allow for greater public space in the main area of the square.

The second city crossing will run from Lower Mosley Street through St Peter’s Square, before turning down Princess Street and then heading along Cross Street and Corporation Street before heading to Victoria station.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “This is a massive project that requires significant changes and will, unavoidably, come with a level of disruption.

“Given the location and the work involved there is no easy way of delivering this scheme. Both the scale and complexities involved – set against the importance of maintaining services through the city – mean this is the best possible option."

St Peter's Square in the heart of Manchester. Credit: Transport for Greater Manchester.


Police release video as two people robbed on tram

Detectives in Oldham are trying to trace the victims of two robberies in Oldham.

Officers have viewed CCTV footage from the Hollinwood Metrolink station which shows the offender jumping onto the tram to steal two mobile phones.

The victims were sitting next to the open doors.

As part of the subsequent investigation a 19 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Police want to trace the two victims from the attack on Friday 17th January.

Man suffered injured jaw

Police want to speak to man after tram attack Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Police have issued an image of a man they want to speak to about the assault of a ticket inspector on the Metrolink. A ticket inspector approached two men and asked them to buy tickets from the machine. One of them did this, but the other became abusive and punched the inspector in the mouth.

He suffered an injury to the jaw and had treatment at hospital. The incident happened at around 1.15pm on 21 April 2013, and officers have been working with Metrolink to identify the offender, but he remains at large.

PC Lois Bennett, based at Stretford Police Station, said: “The ticket inspector was simply trying to do his job when he was rounded on by this freeloader.

“Not only did he dodge his ticket, but he lashed out at the inspector when he was found out."

The man police want to speak to got off the tram at Trafford Bar.


First tram between Manchester and Oldham announced

Trams in Manchester city centre Credit: ITV Granada

Metrolink, which runs Greater Manchester's trams, says the first service between Manchester Victoria and Oldham Mumps station will run on Wednesday, June 13.

It will run every 12 minutes, stopping at seven stations along the route.

The first service will leave Victoria at 5.24am.

It will take around 25 minutes to reach Oldham Mumps and will start the return journey at 6am.

Cllr Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: "This is an historic day for Oldham and the Metrolink network.

"From next week, people will be able to make brand new journeys from brand new stops on brand new trams and tracks.

"For the first time, people will be able to travel to and from Monsall, Central Park, South Chadderton and Freehold on this line, so we are opening up new and exciting opportunities.

"Of course, Oldham is a brand new destination for Metrolink and I encourage everyone to take a tram ride to see all the great things the borough has to offer."