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KARL posted an article in Local NewsThe closure is to enable work to take place that will link the new Trafford Park line, currently under construction, with the existing Metrolink network at Pomona. The line will close for 13 days after the last service on Friday 27 July. This means that there will be no tram services running between Cornbrook and Eccles from Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018 (inclusive), while services from Ashton-under-Lyne will terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield. It will also enable us to work with Metrolink operator KeolisAmey and other partners to carry out additional enhancement works at the same time, reducing the need for future disruption. The works have been timed to coincide with school summer holidays when, traditionally, fewer people travel on the network. They have also been condensed into a single 13-day closure, preventing disruption over many weekends. We are working hard to minimise disruption to customers and stakeholders and have taken a number of steps to achieve this. We are keeping media, public and stakeholders updated before, during and after the works and extra staff will also be present in key locations and at key times to answer questions and help people get around. During the works there will be a full bus replacement operating including additional services during peak times. Please see the section below to find out where you can pick up your replacement bus service. The travel advice on this page will be continually updated throughout these works and should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier. General Travel Advice Plan ahead and expect journey times to be increased. Replacement bus services will be in operation along the Eccles line during these works. Please ensure you are familiar with replacement bus departure points before you travel. There will be signage directing passengers to replacement bus services at all affected stops. Please ensure you have a valid Metrolink ticket before you travel. Additional Metrolink staff will be available to help and assist you. Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live and up to date travel information and advice throughout the works. Replacement Bus Service A replacement bus service will be in operation along the Eccles line during these works. The following replacement bus services will run: Piccadilly to Eccles calling at all stops, except Pomona (use Exchange Quay) and Broadway (use Harbour City or MediaCityUK) Piccadilly to MediaCityUK calling at all stops except Pomona (use Exchange Quay) Piccadilly to Deansgate-Castlefield, Cornbrook and MediaCityUK Monday to Friday 7am to 9.30am and 3.30pm to 6.30pm You can find your replacement bus stops during these works here. Please note that during the works, no replacement bus service will be able to serve Pomona (use Exchange Quay) and Broadway (use Harbour City or MediaCityUK). Further maps will be added as soon as we have the information. Please ensure you purchase your ticket either on the Metrolink stop or using the getmethere app prior to boarding a replacement bus service.
Bad weather has badly affected the local motorway and road network with traffic on some stretches coming to a stand still and others suffering upwards of 30 min delays. Broken down down vehicles on the M60 have caused problems in both directions as the weather front moves in from the North East bringing with it bitterly cold high winds and lashing rain. Manchester Fire Service are asking that people only contact 999 for emergencies as they are dealing with a high volume of calls. A tree has been brought down on the M60 around J3 and is blocking the lane on the anticlockwise route adding more to the problem. Our advice is if you do not need to travel this evening then stay indoors, we will be running updates on our live news ticker all evening.