Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The 90-Tonne Crane Creating a Platform for Manchester to Build a Better Future

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

The 90-Tonne Crane Creating a Platform for Manchester to Build a Better Future

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A GIANT 90-tonne crane is towering over St Peter's Square to install the first new Metrolink platform.

Concrete sections, each weighing 10 tonnes, are being hoisted into place near Manchester Central Library.

The tram stop, being rebuilt as part of the redevelopment of the square, is due to open to passengers this autumn.

It's part of the Pounds 165m Second City Crossing, which has also included the rebuilding of stops at Exchange Square, Deansgate- Castlefield and Victoria.

The new stop will have two island platforms and double tracks in both directions - boosting tram numbers through the city and so across the network.

By craning in pre-built reinforced concrete sections like this, bosses say they are saving time on site.

It's also environmentally friendly, reducing waste and plant equipment in the city. …

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