St Peter's Square tram stop

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St Peter's Square tram stop in February 2018
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St Peter's Square
Location of St Peter's Square in Greater Manchester
Place St Peter's Square
Local authority Manchester
Coordinates 53°28′40″N2°14′37″W / 53.4779°N 2.2437°W / 53.4779; -2.2437 Coordinates: 53°28′40″N2°14′37″W / 53.4779°N 2.2437°W / 53.4779; -2.2437
Grid reference SJ839979
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone1
Present statusIn operation
Original operatorMetrolink
Opened27 April 1992 (1992-04-27)

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.

Tram stop place designated for a tram to stop so passengers can board or leave

A tram stop, tram station, streetcar stop, or light rail station is a place designated for a tram, streetcar, or light rail vehicle to stop so passengers can board or alight it. Generally, tram stops share most characteristics of bus stops, but because trams operate on rails, they often include railway platforms, especially if stepless entries are provided for accessibility. However, trams may also be used with bus stop type flags and with mid-street pavements as platforms, in street running mode.

St Peters Square, Manchester

St Peter's Square is a public square in Manchester city centre, England. The north of the square is bounded by Princess Street and the south by Peter Street. To the west of the square is Manchester Central Library, Midland Hotel and Manchester Town Hall Extension. The square is home to the Manchester Cenotaph, the Emmeline Pankhurst statue, and St Peter's Square Metrolink tram stop and incorporates the Peace Garden. In 1819, the area around the square was the site of the Peterloo Massacre.

Manchester city centre central business district of the City of Manchester, England

Manchester city centre is the central business district of Manchester, England, within the boundaries of Trinity Way, Great Ancoats Street and Whitworth Street. The City Centre ward had a population of 17,861 at the 2011 census.

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.

Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop

Deansgate-Castlefield is a tram stop on Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system, on Deansgate in the Castlefield area of Manchester city centre. It opened on 27 April 1992 as G-Mex tram stop, taking its name from the adjacent G-Mex Centre, a concert, conference and exhibition venue; the G-Mex Centre was rebranded as Manchester Central in 2007, prompting the Metrolink stop to be renamed on 20 September 2010. The station underwent redevelopment in 2014–15 to add an extra platform in preparation for the completion of the Second City Crossing in 2016–17.

Exchange Square tram stop

Exchange Square tram stop is a stop in the City Zone of Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system, in Exchange Square opposite the Manchester Arndale shopping centre in Manchester city centre. It is part of the Second City Crossing (2CC).

Piccadilly Gardens tram stop

Piccadilly Gardens is a tram stop in Zone 1 of Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system. It is located beside Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre, and serves both as a transport hub, and interchange station.


An artist's impression of light rail in St Peter's Square (1987) Metrolink artists impression 1987.jpg
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. St. Peter's Square Metrolink station, Manchester - - 763766.jpg
T-68 Tram at the old St Peter's Square tram stop in 1992.
Redevelopment of the station in September 2015 St Peter's Square Metrolink station redevelopment 2015 4.jpg
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.

Picc-Vic tunnel

Picc-Vic was a proposed, and later cancelled, underground railway designed in the early 1970s with the purpose of connecting two major mainline railway termini in Manchester city centre, England. The name Picc-Vic was a contraction of the two station names, Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria. The proposal envisaged the construction of an underground tunnel across Manchester city centre. The scheme was abandoned in 1977 during its proposal stages due to excessive costs, and that the scheme still retained two large and expensive-to-maintain terminal stations in Manchester; other similar sized cities had reduced their terminals to one.

Light rail typically an urban form of public transport using steel-tracked fixed guideways

Light rail, light rail transit (LRT), or fast tram is a form of urban rail transit using rolling stock similar to a tramway, but operating at a higher capacity, and often on an exclusive right-of-way.

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]

One St Peters Square

One St Peter's Square is a high rise office building in Manchester, England. It is situated in St Peter's Square in the city centre.

The stop closed on 28 June 2015 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.

Princess Street, Manchester street in Manchester, United Kingdom

Princess Street is one of the main streets in the city centre of Manchester, England. It begins at Cross Street and runs approximately eastwards across Mosley Street, Portland Street and Whitworth Street until the point where it continues as Brook Street and eventually joins the A34.

Manchester Central Library public library in Manchester

Manchester Central Library is the headquarters of the city's library and information service in Manchester, England. Facing St Peter's Square, it was designed by E. Vincent Harris and constructed between 1930 and 1934. The form of the building, a columned portico attached to a rotunda domed structure, is loosely derived from the Pantheon, Rome. At its opening, one critic wrote, "This is the sort of thing which persuades one to believe in the perennial applicability of the Classical canon".

Manchester Cenotaph World War I memorial

Manchester Cenotaph is a war memorial in St Peter's Square, Manchester, England.


Service pattern

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

Offpeak (all other times during operational hours):

Preceding station  Manchester metrolink logo.PNG 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 – Etihad Campus Line
towards  Etihad Campus

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Manchester Metrolink light rail and tram system in Greater Manchester, England

Metrolink is a tram/light rail system in Greater Manchester, England. The network has 93 stops along 62 miles (100 km) of standard-gauge track making it the largest light rail system in the United Kingdom. Metrolink is owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and operated and maintained under contract by a Keolis/Amey consortium. In 2018/19, 43.7 million passenger journeys were made on the system.