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Old October 7th, 2011, 01:01 AM   #241
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Old October 7th, 2011, 03:27 AM   #242
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The trams are only 19 years old. That is mid-life for rail vehicles. Breda vehicles are really terrible!
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Old October 7th, 2011, 04:23 AM   #243
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The trams are only 19 years old. That is mid-life for rail vehicles. Breda vehicles are really terrible!
No trams aren't rail vehicles in that sense, it's light rail tech built to last 30 years. Heavy rail stock is built to last 40 years, but financed over 30 years. Both max life spans require at least one refurbishment to actually reach that goal. Metrolink is now finding that it's past the tipping point, and refurbishment will only give limited success to the most worn out units.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 01:51 PM   #244
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Positive response to plans for Metrolink’s Second City Crossing

Almost three in four responses to the public consultation over plans for a second Metrolink line through Manchester City Centre were positive, a report to transport leaders shows.

Transport for Greater Manchester carried out the 14-week consultation to ask people for their views on plans for a second line, known as the Second City Crossing (2CC), following St Peter’s Square, Princess Street, Cross Street and Corporation Street to Manchester Victoria. At the same time, Manchester City Council held a related consultation over plans to relocate the Cenotaph within St Peter’s Square.

The 2CC line would involve new stops at St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square. A report published on Friday shows that more than 1,200 responses were received – 93% from members of the public and seven per cent from stakeholders, such as businesses, organisations and community groups. Of the responses, 71% were positive overall, while 19% were negative and 10% were neutral.

Members of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Capital Projects and Policy Sub Committee will consider the report at a meeting this Friday. Subject to their approval, an application for a Transport and Works Act Order will be made to secure the powers to construct and operate the new route.

Councillor Roger Jones, Chair of the Capital Projects and Policy Sub Committee, said: “We have had a very positive response to the Second City Crossing proposals not just in terms of the number of responses but in what people had to say about the scheme.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to find out about the plans either through the brochure, the website or at one of the many face-to-face events that were held, and for sharing their thoughts with us. The Second City Crossing is a crucial part of the expanding Metrolink network, so it is vital that we get it right: that involves balancing the wider city centre strategy and the views of people who live, work and do business there with the best solution for the system and the public purse.”

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Old November 3rd, 2011, 09:34 PM   #245
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Manchester Metrolink extension gets £500m EIB support

The European Investment Bank, the European Union’s long-term lending institution, has agreed to provide £500 million for the expansion of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network.

The long-term funding, over 30 years, will be used by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to fund construction of the third phase of the light rail system. This will finance new trams and additional infrastructure, and represents over a third of the overall investment costs.

The initiative is part of the European Investment Bank’s engagement to support sustainable public transport in leading European cities and to reduce reliance on private car use.

“Extension of Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network will transform tram links across the conurbation. The European Investment Bank is committed to supporting sustainable transport and successful completion of the project will improve the lives of Greater Manchester’s residents for years to some,” said Simon Brooks, European Investment Bank Vice President responsible for the United Kingdom.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, which is overseeing the investment on behalf of the GMCA, said:

“The Metrolink expansion is the single largest investment in public transport in the UK, outside of London. It will deliver a legacy for Greater Manchester that will regenerate and transform key district centres and provide new connections to the labour market for businesses. As such, it will play a vital role in keeping the region’s economy growing now and long into the future.

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Manchester Metrolink 20 Years of Evolution

Manchester’s Metrolink first opened in April 1992, running from Altrincham to Manchester city centre and on to Bury. This was the first of the second generation light rail networks to emerge in Britain’s cities and building such systems was, at that time, an unknown quantity.

A consortium, with GEC, Mowlem and Amec as the main players, was appointed to design, build, operate and maintain this new network. The majority of the first phase was formed by taking over and linking the British Rail lines that ran to Bury (1200V DC third-rail side contact electrified) and Altrincham (25kV AC overhead electrified), converting these lines from heavy rail to light rail. New overhead catenary was installed on the city centre and Bury line sections whilst the existing overhead structures and wiring on the Altrincham line were adapted for 750 V dc operation.

In the city centre, a spur from Piccadilly Gardens to Piccadilly station created a tram link between the city’s two main rail stations, Piccadilly and Victoria. This city centre section involved developing a street running system, with all the legal and civil engineering challenges that encompassed.

Signalling in the central section was similar in design to systems in Europe, with the familiar vertical (go) and horizontal (stop) white bars interlinked with road traffic lights and track loops for tram detection and recognition. The former heavy rail sections were equipped with new traditional block signalling, using only red and green aspects and ‘train stops’ linked to red signals. Some repeater signals where installed where sighting was poor. Operation commenced with 26 T68 trams and a single depot and control centre at Queens Road, just north of Victoria station.

Phase two

The second phase of the network was a new line to Eccles in Salford. A consortium called Altram, consisting of Serco, Ansaldo and Laing, was appointed to build this line and included six new T68 tram vehicles from Ansaldo, which also provided the signalling. The Eccles extension was a very different design, much more akin to a traditional tramway with some steep inclines, sharp curves and ‘driven on line of sight’ throughout. Construction work began in 1997, with the new line subsequently opening in 2000 in two stages, first to Broadway and then on to Eccles.

Expanding the Network

The success of Metrolink led to demands for further expansion, using the tramway to open up new transport links for employment, leisure and education opportunities across the region. In early 2009 the Department for Transport gave its approval for a £575M Metrolink expansion northwards to Oldham and Rochdale, east to Droylsden in Tameside and to Chorlton in South Manchester, with the provision of a second depot facility near the Old Trafford tram stop.

At nearly 20 miles, these extensions almost double the size of the network and, when open, are expected to take five million car journeys off local roads every year, increasing the daily passenger journeys on Metrolink from 55,000 to around 90,000.

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Old February 3rd, 2012, 12:07 PM   #249
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Not much has been posted in here but theres loads of going on. First some updates from the Manchester extension thread. Thanks goes to High-Fi first from the Ashton/Droylsden area of the extension....
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Ashton West Stop:
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Nipping between Ikea and Aldi:
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Ashton's platform installed:
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and a more elevated view with the bus station and shopping centre adjacent:
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Looking back at the sun setting over Ashton West and the centre of Manchester:
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IMG_0348 by carlf18, on Flickr

There's a couple of panoramas taken from the Ikea car park too on my Flickr site if you're interested.


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It wasn't raining today and it was fairly bright so I decided to have my monthly wander. Nothing much has changed on the Droylsden / Ashton construction front but I thought I'd share just the same.

Droylsden and it's Trambahn:
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Ryecroft Hall Corner:
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Approaching Gainsborough Road:
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Behind the Snipe Inn:
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and again...
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Old February 3rd, 2012, 12:12 PM   #250
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Next is up in Rochdale taken by Johnny de Rivative....

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Here's a quick update from to-day at one of my favourite spots, Rochdale Railway Station. I think the black polework looks ok set into the creamy tiling and the unusual colour palette of the buildings around here :-















STOP! Is that a tramway or a ski-slope?





Wonderful!

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Next is again Johnny de Rivative on the next extension for the South Manchester Line. This is where the line will split between the Airport and East Didsbury....
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Anyway, back to topic!

# Here’s a few shots from Down South to-day, nothing much new, but enjoying the Winter sunshine.

St, Werburgh's, buffing the buffer with a big banana :-



Across Chorlton Brook, it will have to be higher :-





Werburmass and the Pit :-





The trees are long gone on Mauldeth Road West. Doesn’t look all that bad?? :-



This shot of the wonderful Southern Hotel wouldn’t have been possible before. Pity it’s boarded up, don’t look too close :-



The River Crossing - Jackson’s Bridge in the background :-





Looking back North, the parting of the ways at Rifle Road, by Sale Water Park tramstop - Jackson's Bridge under the green arch :-



Somewhere further East :-



Those tunnels look sooooo inviting – won’t be long now! :-



# Couldn’t resist another one of Canalside Crossing on the way home :-



# Talking of PID’s, they were messing about with the ones at Edge Lane to-day. They are actually lit up under the cardboard, same general message as elsewhere, and showing the correct time :-



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The next update is provided by Tony H1 and this includes mainly the Rochdale section along with the Oldham line...

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Went and took another gander at the northern reaches again today since it was sunny... sunny but bloody cold!

Anyway starting at Rochdale not much change from when JDR visited the other week.

Looking out of the station entrance to the tram stop...



and to the right up the climb to the mainline.



Looking back with the Leeds train in the background.



Rails have reached just past Buckley Hill Lane bridge in Milnrow, here seen looking back towards Rochdale...



and then back to Milnrow again.



Plenty of activity at Milnrow Station again! Two lines now and plenty of on track plant.





Next stop New Hey. They are now tamping the line here.



The blue shunter hiding with ballast wagons in the distance. I pressume all this stuff has been trucked over as this section is still not connected to the rest of the network.



Looking back to Milnrow.



Views from Jubilee bridge on the way to Shaw. Two lines here again for the first time in about 30 odd years.

Looking north...



and south.



Finally we reach Shaw. Looks alot different from the last time I visited!







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I said there was loads going on but this is the final and latest update that's been posted over the last few days, again by Johnny de Rivative. Thanks to him and the others who have been taking updates and pics. The extension thread is one of the most active threads on the UK forums with something like 15,500 posts and 1.2 million views. Surprised not much has been posted in here. You can see more and read more here.... http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

I find this to be the most interesting update. Shows that major work has really started on the Airport line which isn't due to open until 2016 but they are cracking on with it already.

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Here’s a few from the Southern reaches – all road works at present, so not so photogenic, but it’s amazing what you see from t’top o’ t’bus!

Baguley station (I hope it will be a station one day) :-







From Roundthorn looking North, it’s now diggers all the way back to Baguley :-



Looking East from the site of Roundthorn stop, will Haveley's platforms be at Martinscroft at the top of the hill after all – within reach of Roundthorn, but a buddy long way from Benchill?



Speaking of which, this is the site of Crossacres stop looking North, from where again you can virtually vada the next stop, Benchill! (by the tall towers) :-



The track base is now cleared all the way up Brownley Road :-



Re-bar going in under the platform base at Benchill itself :-



And a couple from our budding street tramway here in Droylsden – new traffic arrangements in the town centre, and a bit of Winter sunshine over the span wires :-





Hope the buds will soon be blossoming!

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Some more updates coming up from different areas of the system. Again from the main extension thread and from a freezing snowy Manchester.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

First are by imber, you can see how cold its been. All the new signage frozen up.
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Next up is from a snowy Droylsden and taken by High Fi....

Tracks are finished, signals have been installed, just the final finishing of the stations and final OHL needs to be installed.

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And a few more now I've thawed out!

The view from here is poletastic:
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I hadn't noticed the Metrolink signal addition to the traffic lights at Buxton Lane:
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A week or two required to install the extended kerb / parking bays in front of the Royal Oak (probably over-run if this weather persists):
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The first sign of shelters being erected at the Droylsden stop:
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I really don't know how the garage just out of shot to the left is still in business. It'll all be done soon though:
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Stagecoach are abviously worried about losing business to Metrolink when it starts to operate along this route. They've started running trebles!
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This section is Sale Waterpark and the Jacksons boat area which requires a bridge to cross the Mersey. Piling rigs etc involved here. Taken by marni1971....

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Jacksons Boat area on a cold winters Sunday:

So it begins





The Chorlton side paths have a little diversion across the route of the line. Be aware coming from Northenden on the Sale side the diversion takes you through the golf course, across the M60 at Fairy Lane, down Whythenshawe Rd and Old Hall Road to Rifle Road!


From the diversion path, looking up to the river

Looking towards Chorlton


Gonna be an interesting year around here


The back of Jacksons Boat


Looking back towards the crossing from Rifle Rd


Water Park station


New ground levelling



And finally, new site access being prepared
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Last update for today is from Oldham and Rochdale areas. Provided by r02bapurdie. Visit this thread for more....

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

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I didn't know so much was going on, keep up the updates.
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Small update from Johnny de Rivative of sections that are currently open plus some snow....
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# Thanks for all the photos, folks. I was down at St W's to-day looking for snow scenes, but there wasn't much of the white stuff left in the soft Southern suburbs - had to return to the hard North and East!! :-





















Hmm - looks inviting for a wee dram on a night like this!!
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Another little update of the new South Chadderton station on the new Rochdale line again by Johnny de Rivative.... see more in this thread http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=88329518

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