Monday, 31 October 2011

Three quarters in favour of second Metrolink crossing says Transport for Greater Manchester

Almost three in four responses to the public consultation over plans for a second Metrolink line through Manchester City Centre were positive, a report to transport leaders shows.

Transport for Greater Manchester carried out the 14-week consultation to ask people for their views on plans for a second line, known as the Second City Crossing (2CC), following St Peter’s Square, Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street to Manchester Victoria.

At the same time, Manchester City Council held a related consultation over plans to relocate the Cenotaph within St Peter’s Square.

The 2CC line would involve new stops at St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square.

A report published on Friday shows that more than 1,200 responses were received – 93 per cent from members of the public and seven per cent from stakeholders, such as businesses, organisations and community groups.

Of the responses, 71 per cent were positive overall, while 19 per cent were negative and 10 per cent were neutral. Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Capital Projects and Policy Sub Committee will consider the report at a meeting this Friday.

Subject to their approval, an application for a Transport and Works Act Order will be made to secure the powers to construct and operate the new route.

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