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."
Work will start today on a new Metrolink line in Manchester.
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.
The multi-million pound project aims to increase capacity in the city centre.
Metrolink Director Peter Cushing said:
It’s a significant piece of work and not without its challenges, but we have learnt a huge amount successfully delivering new street-running lines to Ashton, Oldham and Rochdale town centres and to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport and we will be drawing on this experience to keep disruption to an absolute minimum.
“We have also established strong links with businesses in the city and I’d encourage anyone who hasn’t already done so to get in touch so we can keep them up to speed over the life of this project and beyond.
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.
There are possible delays on the Metrolink in Manchester between St Werburghs Road and Shaw and Crompton, between Droylsden and Bury and between Piccadilly and Bury due to signal failure and earlier points failure.