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Old July 6th, 2011, 09:48 PM   #221
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Metrolink’s new Chorlton line opens for business
Passengers will be able to travel on Metrolink’s new Chorlton line from Thursday 7 July.

Services will initially run every 12 minutes from service start to service end, Monday to Saturday. The Sunday 12-minute service runs between 9am and 5.30pm, with a 15-minute service from 6.58-9am and 5.30-10.52pm.

The journey time from St Werburgh’s Road to St Peter’s Square is approximately 15 minutes.

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Tram times are: 5.58am-11.52pm (Mon-Thurs); 5.58am-00.52am (Fri & Sat); 6.58am-10.52pm on Sundays.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce the start of services on the Chorlton line.

“It is both an historic occasion and a sign of the exciting future in store for the network, as we continue our £1.4 billion expansion – the single biggest investment in public transport outside of London.

“Residents and businesses have been eagerly awaiting this news and I would like to thank them for their patience, understanding and continued support while we completed the essential testing and commissioning.

“I would also pass on my thanks and appreciation to all of our existing Metrolink passengers. Investment on this scale is bound to cause some disruption somewhere and I want to thank them for their patience too.”

The new line forms part of a £1.4 billion investment in Metrolink, which will provide new lines and new trams for a network that will be three times the size it is now.

Further lines are being delivered through Oldham and on to Rochdale, to Ashton-under-Lyne via Droylsden, from the Chorlton line to East Didsbury, and to Manchester Airport via Wythenshawe. A second line across the city centre is also being developed.
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The first fare paying, passenger carrying trams are now running between St Werburgh's Road, Chorlton, Firswood and Manchester!



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Old July 7th, 2011, 03:51 PM   #223
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The first fare paying, passenger carrying trams are now running between St Werburgh's Road, Chorlton, Firswood and Manchester!



http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereven...-to-passengers
There seem to be a lot of cynical comments on that article. Is that a Manchester-thing, or is the project that impopular?
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Old July 7th, 2011, 04:23 PM   #224
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There seem to be a lot of cynical comments on that article. Is that a Manchester-thing, or is the project that impopular?
Its a Manchester thing, nothing like a good grumble.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #225
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There seem to be a lot of cynical comments on that article. Is that a Manchester-thing, or is the project that impopular?
The people who write on the Manchester evening news website would complain if the newspaper was reporting that the cure for cancer had been found.

The MEN also loves to report on system failures of metrolink so many of its readers are under the impression that it breaks down and is delayed all the time, which is far from the truth.

Have a look at twitter, much more positive comments.
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Old July 7th, 2011, 06:49 PM   #226
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The people who write on the Manchester evening news website would complain if the newspaper was reporting that the cure for cancer had been found.


Very much this.
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Old July 8th, 2011, 06:07 AM   #227
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Back on track

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So, after over 20 years in the making, the first stage of Metrolink's South Manchester Line finally opened to the public.


The new official network map

In order to record this historic day, some of the dedicated Manchester formers were up bright and early in order to catch the first tram at 05:30 this morning.


The first tram in service
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One of the first tickets
Johnny De Rivative


As this was the first day of service, metrolink where keen to have a large number of staff on duty


Looking back onto the spotless platform of Firswood


Passenger displays are one of the new features that the new signalling system will give us. These will be rolled out across the network over the next few years once other sections are converted to the new system.


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St Werburgs Road is the temporary terminus for this line. Trams will continue to East Didsbury by 2013 and Manchester Airport by 2016



So it's back to the city


Next stop, Chorlton Johnny De Rivative


This photo was taken on the last day of service 44 years ago Exmanc


Compare to today Nymaniac


Metrolink are expecting that this stop will be the busiest on the whole network.




Now approaching Firswood.


Passing the new depot

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After a few hundred metres, it is time to join the Altrincham line. The line from chorlton first has to dive under it. The outbound line branches off at ground level. Johnny De Rivative


Joining the mainline Johnny De Rivative



Victoria is the current end of the line. Later this year, tram will continue to central park and will reach Rochdale by 2014.


A video of the journey

And so, that was the first of many openings of metrolink. The next ones we have to look forward to are:
* Piccadilly to Velopark by August
* Victoria to Central Park in November/ December

You can keep up with all of this here

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Old July 8th, 2011, 03:52 PM   #228
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The people who write on the Manchester evening news website would complain if the newspaper was reporting that the cure for cancer had been found.

The MEN also loves to report on system failures of metrolink so many of its readers are under the impression that it breaks down and is delayed all the time, which is far from the truth.
Not very unlike Groningen, the city where I live, then.
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That's nice.

BTW, I totally forgot to congratulate y'all on the new line.
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Old July 14th, 2011, 11:32 AM   #230
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^Hot on the heels of the new section of the South Manchester line opening, the first tram has begun testing on the new East Manchester line, which will hopefully be open as far as the Manchester City stadium in around six weeks time.

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Apologies for probably the poorest quality photo ever to grace this thread, but here is 3034 between Sheffield Street and Longacre Street:



They removed the blocks between the Undercroft and Sheffield Street circa 0130. It then proceeded at a slow speed (around 2-5mph), with a pause prior to the underpass descent.

Another keen person was having a look at Longacre Street, taking photos with a BlackBerry, and then watched her (3034) enter the underpass. Asked me if I worked for the PTE.

Prior to Holt Town, where the tramway diverges from the street, the tram signals appeared to be working whilst the general traffic lights were switched off.
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Old July 20th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #233
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It's nice to see that a city as busy as Manchester is improving it's public transport and now has a for UK Standards very good and modern transport system.

Are there any plans to build a line through Oxford St/Rd? It seems a bit odd that Europe's busiest bus corridor doesn't get a tram instead of the mass of busses. And it would be very convenient for the students of the two unis.
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Old July 21st, 2011, 02:39 PM   #234
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Are there any plans to build a line through Oxford St/Rd? It seems a bit odd that Europe's busiest bus corridor doesn't get a tram instead of the mass of busses. And it would be very convenient for the students of the two unis.
So far, no plans.

Although everyone can see this would be a good idea.
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Old August 7th, 2011, 09:24 AM   #235
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Tram passengers can now use their phones to plan journeys on Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network. A free smartphone application has been launched by transport chiefs to give passengers the latest service updates at their fingertips.

In the future, the app is expected to also give passengers real-time data on the location of trams and tell them how long they will have to wait at Metrolink stations.

David Hytch, TfGM information systems director, said: "Some 20 million passenger journeys are made on Metrolink each year and our new app will be a great resource for all those passengers, whether they are living in, working in or just visiting the city."

Passengers can use the app to plan journeys, work out travel times and find the nearest stop. The app, developed by Wilmslow-based firm mxData Ltd, has already been downloaded more than 12,000 times.

Philip Purdy, TfGM Metrolink director, said: "The app will offer passengers a new way to quickly and easily plan their journey, with stop locations and a map of current and future Metrolink lines available right in their hand. We are also planning to roll out a new tram management system across the Metrolink network, which will ultimately lead to real-time passenger information at all stops. The new app will provide an excellent way to share this information with passengers."

The M.E.N. told last month how another smartphone app was being developed to give real-time data on buses and trains as well as trams. It alerts passengers if they are about to miss a connection and allows them to re-plan their journeys.

That app has undergone trials using 120 buses in Bury but is not expected to be launched until next year.
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Construction for new light rail link to Manchester Airport set to begin

Work on bringing Metrolink to Manchester Airport takes flight this month, as construction gets underway on the first part of the new nine-mile line. Transport leaders are hailing the start of work as an ‘exciting development’ for the region, which will not only see people linked to one of the country’s busiest international airports, but also to communities along the route too.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “Given the fantastic response we’ve had from people about the recent opening of the South Manchester line, we are very enthusiastic about the benefits the Airport line will bring to everyone in Greater Manchester and beyond.

“The start of this work is an exciting development on the new extension, and we’re looking forward to people being able to use a Metrolink service that provides a direct link to the airport – one of the biggest employers in the region.”

In the next few weeks, the first phase of works will be underway on building the extensive new line in the Mersey Valley area, which spans Hardy Farm, Hardy Lane and Sale Water Park. As part of the initial construction, ground is being levelled off to make way for the line, with further piling work getting underway towards the end of the year.

Philip Purdy, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: “Given that this work is about preparing the area in advance of laying the new track, some excavators and large machinery will be used,” explained Philip.

“We will keep any disruption to a minimum, carrying out work during normal working hours from Monday to Saturday, and our team will be keeping people updated with progress. He continued: “We are also committed to doing as much as we can to mitigate against disruption to flora and fauna during the construction of new Metrolink lines.

“As part of our environmental responsibilities, our contractor, MPact-Thales, has carried out a number of ecological surveys throughout the area; guidance has been taken from ecologists, Mersey Valley Warden Service and Greater Manchester Ecology Unit.”

Further construction will continue into the new year and beyond, building on this first round of works.
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Thought we should have a picture update of Manchester's Metrolink

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Piccadilly station;

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Part of the new line out Eastwards, not yet open but ready to!

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Brooklands station on the Alty (i.e. Yellow & Green) lines.

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Welcome to the Manchester morning commute!

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Market St stop;

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Banana with Beetham!

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Looks like a selection of Manchesters old T-68 trams and are going to be replaced by more Bombardier Flexity Swifts.

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TfGMC/11/43 EXCLUSION OF PRESS AND PUBLIC
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That, under section 100 (A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the press and public should be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business on the grounds that this involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as set out in paragraph 3, Part 1, Schedule12A, Local Government Act 1972.

Section 5
TfGMC Recommendations for Further Approval by GMCA TfGMC/11/44 METROLINK FLEET STRATEGY The Chief Executive, TfGM submitted a report that presented to Members the proposed fleet strategy in relation to the thirty two existing Metrolink T68 trams.

13. A Member enquired if the proposals for the introduction of single track at Drake Street bridge, Rochdale might now be reconsidered, in view of the proposed procurement of lighter trams. In response, officers explained that the constraints to the bridge remained, even with the operation of the proposed new trams and as such, proposals for the single track at Drake Street would not change.

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1. That the proposed fleet strategy to accelerate the replacement of T68 trams with new M5000 trams, that will bring forward reliability, operational and passenger service benefits, be endorsed;

2. That the proposed strategy to place an initial order for a number of vehicles, as identified in the report, which will also secure the existing tram prices for up to 12 months and will enable additional trams to be ordered to replace more of the T68 vehicles, when funding can be identified, be endorsed;

3. That if a further number of trams, as identified in the report, were ordered by the proposed option expiry date of 30 September 2012, a volume discount would apply, be noted;

4. That the utilisation of Minor Works funding, at a level as set out in the report, previously approved for tram refurbishment costs, as an element of the funding for the fleet replacement strategy, be approved;

5. That the Combined Authority be recommended to approve the utilisation of
existing finance cost reserves, at a level as set out in the report, to meet part of the cost of the number of replacement vehicles, as set out in the report, either as a capital or a revenue contribution;

6. That the Combined Authority be recommended to approve the inclusion of funds in to the current three year capital programme, at a level as set out in the report;

7. That the Combined Authority be recommended to approve incremental
prudential borrowings, at the level explained in the report, required for the
procurement of the identified vehicles at a forecasted annualise cost, including principal repayment, over the life of the vehicles, at the level set out in the report, after taking account of the utilisation of existing finance cost reserves, at the level set out in the report, which was to be met from existing TfGM budgets;

8. That the incremental borrowings required, at the level as set out in the report, be noted. The optimum mix of borrowings and finance cost reserves will be determined by the Combined Authority Treasurer, prior to the closure of the relevant year’s Accounts;

9. That the Combined Authority be recommended to approve that TfGM enters in to contractual arrangements for the procurement of additional M5000 trams, with an option to procure further M5000 trams, at the level set out in the report; and

10. That a further report was to be brought to a future meeting of the Committee, to update Members on potential funding for further vehicles before the proposed option expiry date.

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This latest development was rumoured for a long time, now it is official:

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Plans to 'retire' Metrolink's oldest trams have been approved by Greater Manchester's transport leaders today, in a move that will lead to significant improvements for passengers.

More than 60 new yellow and silver M5000 Bombardier trams have already been ordered, predominantly to serve the expanding network, with new lines to Manchester Airport, East Didsbury, Ashton-under-Lyne, and Oldham and Rochdale town centres well underway.

Members of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) today agreed to order 12 more M5000s in order to replace some of the original and oldest Metrolink vehicles, known as T68s, which have been in service since the network opened in 1992. The Transport for Greater Manchester Committee will oversee the investment on behalf GMCA.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: "Metrolink's trams have become an icon of Greater Manchester since the first line opened in 1992. They were the first of their kind in the UK and were a symbol of our ambition - but the network is now entering a new age.

"The first of the new Bombardier trams have delivered significant improvements for passengers and, as the investment in trebling the size of the network starts to come to fruition, the time has now come for the original vehicles to enter a well-earned retirement.

"The strategy we have agreed today makes the most sense: for passengers, for the network and for the public purse. I am sure regular users of the network will welcome this announcement and the improvements it will bring to the services they depend upon."

A total of 26 T68s served the original line - Altrincham to Bury - and a further six came into service in 2000 when the Eccles line opened, taking the total fleet to 32.

Replacing them now will lead to even more reliable services for passengers, because the new M5000s are, on average, four times less likely to develop a disruptive fault than the T68s. It will also, in turn, reduce associated fleet maintenance costs.

As the M5000s are 10 tonnes lighter, they will also reduce energy costs and prolong the life of existing rails by several years, which will reduce the long-term costs of track renewals and, again, prevent greater disruption for passengers.

Councillor Roger Jones, Chair of the TfGM Committee's Capital Projects and Policy Sub-Committee, said: "Regular passengers will be aware that the original trams are beginning to show their age and the vast majority of disruptions are down to the reliability of the older vehicles.

"We have been exploring the best way of addressing this issue for some time, so I'm delighted with today's announcement and the benefits it will bring for passengers."

The original T68 trams have a 'design life' of 30 years and were due to be replaced by 2022. Transport for Greater Manchester is ordering 12 M5000 vehicles, with the first of these new trams expected in 2013/14.

However, a plan for the phased 'retirement' of the T68s will now be developed with the operator, MRDL, with a view to introducing more of the existing M5000s into service as soon as possible.
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