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St Peter's Square is a tram stop in St Peter's Square in Manchester city centre, England. It opened on 27 April 1992 and is in Zone 1 of Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system. The stop's platforms were extended in 2009. Later redevelopment in 2015–16 demolished the original two platforms and replaced them with a four-platform interchange.

St Peter's Square
Metrolink
St Peter's Square tram stop, Feb 18 (3).jpg
St Peter's Square tram stop in February 2018
St Peter's Square is located in Manchester_Metrolink
St Peter's Square
St Peter's Square
Location of St Peter's Square in Greater Manchester
Location
PlaceSt Peter's Square
Local authorityManchester
Coordinates53°28′40″N 2°14′37″W / 53.4779°N 2.2437°W / 53.4779; -2.2437Coordinates: 53°28′40″N 2°14′37″W / 53.4779°N 2.2437°W / 53.4779; -2.2437
Grid referenceSJ839979
Platforms4
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone1
Present statusIn operation
Operations
Original operatorMetrolink
History
Opened27 April 1992 (1992-04-27)

Part of the City Zone, the stop is one of the most used on the Metrolink network.[1] The tram stop is between Deansgate-Castlefield, Exchange Square and Piccadilly Gardens tram stops.

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HistoryEdit

 
An artist's impression of light rail in St Peter's Square (1987)
 
T-68 Tram at the old St Peter's Square tram stop in 1992.
 
Redevelopment of the station in September 2015

Plans for a rapid transit station in St Peter's Square were made in the 1970s; proposals for the abandoned Picc-Vic tunnel envisaged the construction of an underground station to serve both St Peter's and the neighbouring Albert Square.[2] The early proposals for an on-street light rail system in Manchester revived the idea of a station in the square, and the idea was retained as the project evolved, becoming a reality when the Metrolink system opened in 1992.

The stop was demolished and rebuilt with a full length platform and improved passenger facilities in November 2009. Elisabeth House occupied the side of the square opposite the library (between Dickinson Street and Oxford Street) from the 1970s until 2011 when it was demolished for redevelopment as One St Peter's Square.[3] Plans prepared by architects were entered in a competition which was modified in 2011 to incorporate Metrolink proposals; in March 2012 a shortlist of two submissions was made.[4]

The stop closed on 28 June 2016 for its second stage of redevelopment and re-opened on 28 August 2016 as a four-platform interchange. The stop was moved slightly north towards Princess Street, from that of its old location, which was in front of Manchester Central Library. The Manchester Cenotaph was also relocated and the entire square is being redeveloped into a new public space. During the 2-month closure, no services ran through the square.

ServicesEdit

Service patternEdit

At peak times (07:15 – 19:30 Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 18:30 Saturday):

  • 10 trams per hour to Altrincham
  • 5 trams per hour to Ashton-under-Lyne
  • 5 trams per hour to Bury
  • 10 trams per hour to East Didsbury
  • 5 trams per hour to Eccles
  • 5 trams per hour to Etihad Campus
  • 5 trams per hour to Manchester Airport
  • 5 trams per hour to MediaCityUK
  • 5 trams per hour to Piccadilly
  • 5 trams per hour to Rochdale Town Centre
  • 5 trams per hour to Shaw and Crompton
  • 5 trams per hour to Victoria

Offpeak (all other times during operational hours):

  • 5 trams per hour to Altrincham
  • 5 trams per hour to Ashton-under-Lyne
  • 5 trams per hour to East Didsbury
  • 5 trams per hour to Eccles via MediaCityUK
  • 5 trams per hour to Manchester Airport
  • 5 trams per hour to Piccadilly
  • 5 trams per hour to Rochdale Town Centre
  • 5 trams per hour to Victoria
Preceding station     Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton Line
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line
Manchester Airport – Victoria Line
towards Victoria
towards Altrincham
Altrincham – Bury Line
towards Bury
Altrincham – Piccadilly Line
towards Piccadilly
towards Eccles
Eccles – Ashton-under-Lyne Line
towards MediaCityUK
MediaCityUK – Ashton-under-Lyne Line

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Transport Statistics Greater Manchester 2016 Public Transport Section". TfGM. 9 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. ^ SELNEC PTE (October 1971), SELNEC Picc-Vic Line, SELNEC PTE publicity brochure
  3. ^ "Elizabeth House". Cool Manchester. Retrieved 24 March 2012.
  4. ^ One St Peter's Square; E-architect

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