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Eccles still waiting but trams back up and running for MediaCityUK – changes to bus replacements

Commuters to Eccles will have to wait around another month before trams start arriving at their local Metrolink stop, but part of the line has now re-opened to Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.

Metrolink operator MRDL, which runs the inter-city tram network, started working on the Deansgate to MediaCityUK line in May as part of summer improvements.

It says after successful weekend testing of the newly upgraded track, trams can resume normal service between the Manchester city centre stop and Salford Quays.

Work is still ongoing to repair sections of heavily-used curved track between MediaCityUK and Eccles.

Parts of the track are 16 years old and in desperate need of repair, say Metrolink.

Work started on 26 June with rolling road closures on Eccles New Road and routes around Ladywell, Weaste and Langworthy.

Read: Latest roadworks and traffic in Salford – by Salford City Council

No tram service for Eccles commuters until end of August 2016

No tram service for Eccles commuters until end of August 2016

Now from Monday 1 August, until the Eccles line comes back online at the end of August, there are changes to the replacement bus services.

They still run approximately every 10 minutes but now on the following routes and times:

Piccadilly Station (Fairfield St) – Cornbrook (Chester Rd) – Trafford Bar – Cornbrook – Piccadilly Station (Fairfield St)

Monday to Friday: Between 7am – 9.30am and 3.30pm – 8pm.

Piccadilly Station (Fairfield St) – Deansgate-Castlefield – Cornbrook (Chester Road) – Trafford Bar (towards Eccles only) – Exchange Quay – Salford Quays – MediaCityUK – Harbour City – Broadway – Langworthy – Weaste – Ladywell – Eccles (circular)

Piccadilly to Eccles – Monday to Thursday: Between 5.54am – 11.44pm. Friday and Saturday: Between 5.54am – 12.44am
Eccles to Piccadilly – Monday to Thursday: Between 5.50am – 11.40pm. Friday and Saturday: Between 5.50am – 12.40am

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