The first test tram has reached Exchange Square on Manchester Metrolink’s Second City Crossing.
The line, which will be fully open by 2017, will provide a new tram link between St Peter’s Square, Exchange Square and Victoria station.
Funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has allowed the city’s transport authority to fast-track the construction of the first phase between Manchester Victoria and Exchange Square, with a view to beginning passenger services on this section before Christmas.
Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Metrolink director, said: “In the coming weeks trams on test will become a regular sight in this area of town, which is an exciting phase of the project and a major step forward for the Second City Crossing.
“We’re at the start of an extensive testing and commissioning process to make sure all the physical infrastructure is ready for us to get passenger services in the run up to Christmas.”