Deansgate-Castlefield
Metrolink station
Deansgate Tram.jpg
General information
LocationCastlefield, Manchester
England
Coordinates53°28′29″N 2°15′01″W / 53.47473°N 2.25032°W / 53.47473; -2.25032Coordinates: 53°28′29″N 2°15′01″W / 53.47473°N 2.25032°W / 53.47473; -2.25032
Grid referenceSJ834975
Line(s)City Centre
Platforms3 (2 operational)
Other information
StatusIn operation
Fare zone1
History
Original companyManchester Metrolink
Key dates
27 April 1992Opened as G-Mex (as terminus)
15 June 1992Opened (for through services)
20 September 2010Renamed Deansgate-Castlefield
Services
Preceding station Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Manchester Metrolink Following station
Cornbrook East Didsbury–Shaw and Crompton St Peter's Square
East Didsbury–Rochdale St Peter's Square
Cornbrook Manchester Airport–Victoria St Peter's Square
towards Victoria
Cornbrook
towards Altrincham
Altrincham–Piccadilly St Peter's Square
towards Piccadilly
Altrincham–Bury St Peter's Square
towards Bury
Cornbrook
towards Eccles
Ashton-under-Lyne–Eccles via MediaCityUK St Peter's Square
Location

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.[1] 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.

Deansgate-Castlefield serves as a transport hub by integrating with National Rail services from Deansgate railway station by a footbridge. Exits from the station lead to the Great Northern Warehouse, the reconstructed Mamucium Roman Fort, the Beetham Tower, and Deansgate Locks. Part of Zone 1, the stop is one of the most used on the Metrolink network.[2]

History

Manchester Central railway station, one of the city's main railway terminals, was built between 1875–80 by the Cheshire Lines Committee railway company and served as the terminus for Midland Railway express services to London. The station was notable as an engineering feat – its huge wrought-iron single-span arched roof, spanning 210 feet (64 m), 550 feet (168 m) long and 90 feet (27 m) high is claimed to be the widest unsupported iron arch in Britain after London St. Pancras.[3]

Deansgate-Castlefield in 2007, then known as G-Mex tram stop, prior to redesign
Deansgate-Castlefield in 2007, then known as G-Mex tram stop, prior to redesign

Following the Beeching cuts, the station was deemed surplus to requirements and closed to passengers on 5 May 1969. The listed building survived as a local landmark, and after serving as a car park, the old station was refurbished and re-opened as an exhibition and conference centre.

With the opening of the Metrolink system, rail services were able to operate once more from south Manchester to Central Station; however, instead of trains running into the Central Station arch, light rail vehicles now run alongside the south-eastern side of the former train shed, down a ramp which runs parallel to Lower Mosley Street, before reaching street level where they operate as trams and head towards St Peter's Square. The viaduct arches beneath the station, overlooking the Rochdale Canal, have since been refurbished and converted into the Deansgate Locks development comprising bars, restaurants and a comedy club.[4]

Deansgate Locks underneath the station.
Deansgate Locks underneath the station.

Central Station featured in early proposals to build a light rail system in Manchester; the station featured in 1984 publicity with an interchange to Deansgate;[5] by 1987, the station had acquired the name 'G-Mex' and the system was now known as 'Metrolink'.[6]

Renaming

Deansgate – St Peter's Square
Moseley Street
to Market Street
or Piccadilly Gardens
 
Second City Crossing
to Exchange Square
Princess Street
D
A
St Peter's Square
Central Library
Peter Street
Oxford Street
Midland Hotel
Windmill Street
Manchester Central
Great Bridgewater Street
Deansgate-Castlefield
National Rail Deansgate
Deansgate

In August 2010 Metrolink announced it would be changing the name of the stop from 'G-Mex' to 'Deansgate-Castlefield'. On 2 September 2010, signs at the stop were changed to 'Deansgate-Castlefield'; a couple of days later temporary vinyl GMEX stickers were placed on top which were removed on 20 September 2010 when the name change was made.

2015 redevelopment

It had been thought for some time that the second city crossing (2CC) expansion would require a third platform at the stop. However, 2011 proposals[7] showed St Peter's Square as a major 4-platform interchange, putting the third platform at Deansgate-Castlefield into doubt. Manchester City Council was also known to be working on a proposal[8] to better integrate the tram stop and Deansgate railway station as well as creating a key interchange, which remained unaffected by the 2011 2CC proposals. At MIPIM 2010 proposals were unveiled[9] for a redevelopment of the area behind the conference centre. The ambitious scheme envisioned a pedestrian skypark walkway along the side of the conference centre to ground level creating better pedestrian access to both the conference centre and the city centre itself; a new bridge to link to Deansgate railway station, replacing the tired and unappealing original; and the creation of a new train shed on the viaduct for the tram stop's three platforms including access to ground level. The new island platform opened in December 2014[10] and additional green themed modifications (such as a living wall) were added in 2015.[11]

Services

Service pattern

Aerial shot of two trams passing at Deansgate-Castlefield in 2006, with the line through Deansgate railway station in the background. The A56 road passes under both lines.
Aerial shot of two trams passing at Deansgate-Castlefield in 2006, with the line through Deansgate railway station in the background. The A56 road passes under both lines.
The new platform arrangement
The new platform arrangement

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   Following station Cornbrooktowards East DidsburyEast Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Shaw and Crompton Cornbrooktowards East DidsburyEast Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Rochdale Town Centre Cornbrooktowards Manchester AirportManchester Airport – Victoria LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Victoria Manchester Airport – Deansgate-Castlefield LineTerminus Cornbrooktowards AltrinchamAltrincham – Bury LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Bury Altrincham – Piccadilly LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Piccadilly Cornbrooktowards EcclesEccles – Ashton-under-Lyne LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Ashton-under-Lyne Cornbrooktowards MediaCityUKMediaCityUK – Ashton-under-Lyne LineSt Peter's Squaretowards Ashton-under-Lyne

References

  1. ^ http://www.gmpte.com/2009_news.cfm?news_id=9004616[permanent dead link] . Name change for GMEX Metrolink stop.
  2. ^ "Transport Statistics Greater Manchester 2017 Public Transport Section". TfGM. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Greater Manchester Exhibition Centre (G-Mex)". Manchester Evening News. 18 July 2003. Retrieved 7 July 2009.[dead link]
  4. ^ "Deansgate Locks bars". Pride of Manchester. Archived from the original on 4 January 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  5. ^ Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (1984), Light Rapid Transit in Greater Manchester, GMPTE - publicity brochure
  6. ^ Metrolink Community Liaison (1987). "Metrolink - Light Rail in Greater Manchester". Publicity Brochure. Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Executive.
  7. ^ "Second City Crossing Stops". TfGM. Archived from the original on 16 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Civic Quarter – Manchester Central – Regereneration Framework". Manchester City Council. Archived from the original on 22 March 2012.
  9. ^ "Sky park for Manchester Central". Crains Manchester Business. Archived from the original on 22 March 2010.
  10. ^ Charlotte Cox (17 December 2014). "Deansgate and Castlefield Metrolink stop reopens as renovation works reach halfway mark". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 19 January 2016.
  11. ^ Alex Hibbert (25 July 2015). "It's alive! New 'Living Wall' planted as finishing touches put on Deansgate-Castlefield tram stop". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 16 December 2015.