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New Year, New Crossing for Crumpsall

4 January 2018

A new pedestrian crossing at Crumpsall Metrolink stop is making it easier for passengers to cross the tram tracks and is the first of a number of upgrades planned at the stop.

The crossing opened on 3 January 2018, providing track-level access to the platforms – like many other stops across the Metrolink network – and replaces the old footbridge and ramp as well as removing the already redundant lift.

The footbridge, pedestrian ramp and lift will all be demolished later in the month as part of further upgrade work to the stop. These works are required in preparation for the new £350million Trafford Park line, currently under construction and due to open in 2020.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee, said: “Work is now well under way on the new Trafford Park line and it’s great to see some of the benefits for passengers already taking shape.

“The new-look stop will offer a much more accessible, pleasant and safer space for Metrolink passengers.

“Once the new tram line through to intu Trafford Centre is open it will also mean more frequent services and much improved access to jobs and leisure across the wider tram network.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "The completion of the new pedestrian crossing, which will improve accessibility for passengers, sets the New Year off on the right track and provides a welcome milestone in the progress of the Trafford Park Line which when completed will significantly improve services for the local community."

The Crumpsall stop remains open while work continues to improve it. Further phases of work include laying new track to enable Trafford Park line services to turn around. A larger platform will also be built for Manchester-bound services.

The majority of the construction work is being carried out during the daytime, however, some works will take place outside operational hours for safety reasons.

TfGM is working with the contractor, M-Pact Thales, Manchester City Council and the operator, KeolisAmey Metrolink, to minimise disruption.

More information is available here as work progresses.