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Old February 26th, 2012, 07:56 PM   #281
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Small update of the Droylsden section of the Ashton line again by Johnny de Rivative.....
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# Here are the pics of the new ohle bracket arms, placed overnight in the last 24 hrs at Edge Lane. It's the first time those silver finials (tin man's helmets) have been combined with red poles (to identify Droylsden)! :-









And also at Cemetery Road :-





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Very interesting update from Manchester Airport by Tony H1....
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As promised here are a couple of photos from the airport this afternoon.

The station site for the Metrolink is still yet to be cleared



A closer image of the bridge works



Looking back from the other way they seem to have made some sort of stone cofferdam construction.



Some of the bridge seems to be missing.



Should be passing through this point at a low level in the future, just before it enters a tunnel under the expanded Ringway Road West



Looking back from Shadowmoss Road towards the future Woodhouse Park stop



There she blows!

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Last two updates in this same post, plus there are 7 more below just from today. Much more in the main Manchester Extension thread in here...
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

First is by marni1971 of the airport line and the major construction happening over the River Mersey.
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Nice, Johnny.

And now from the south, the Mersey to St Werbys as of today:

Both Mersey embankments have now gone:




Mersey Valley, a collection of fenced off areas at the moment:


End of Hardy Lane. The cranes on the Mersey are just visible on the horizon, right of the power pylon:


All quiet here. For now.


Hardy Lane to Barlow Moor Rd still,closed:



Mauldeth Rd West. Still bare without the trees.


Up towards the SML bridge. The line will veer left just up the bridge from here....

...veering left here....

....and down towards the SML here. Note the tram turning around at the current end of the SML in the distance:

A Closer look:

This surely is an exciting part of the network, with two seperate under construction lines meeting the latest one to open, all in one place!

Reverse angle on Mauldeth Rd West, from the airport the line will come from the left and drop onto the SML behind the current fence to the right:


The airport line will come from the left here to connect with SML... The offset OHL pole at the end of this path shows where the lines will split:


End of the SML line. For now:


Facing the opposite direction, Towards Didsbury under Mauldeth Rd:


And Finally... SML towards Princess Rd bridge and Didsbury

and second is by Johnny de Rivative. This is shows Rochdale line and the state of Victoria station which has big plans for total redevelopment and a new roof. I would vote it as one of the worse in the country just for the state of the roof, how its been left in this state is a disgrace.
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Anyway, Rob and I had a good day out and about yesterday, looking at a few things Past, Present, Future - and No Future!

Terrorists may have placed this blight over Victoria for more than a decade, but it will surely rise again before long :-



The MEN Arena was the first Phoenix to rise out of these ashes, and undoubtedly serves its own purpose with a fabulous internal space, but its exterior and undercroft did nothing at all for the ambience of this major rail terminus. The zillions of harsh fluorescent tubes still fail to alleviate the depressing gloom that hangs over the through platforms - hopefully this will change though with better lighting under the new plans :-



Nevertheless a brighter day is at hand. A modern banana passes the remnant of an old platform – was this the EMU Bury line prior to1991? Actually I think it may have been through the underbridges further back towards Corporation Street :-



Sorry, folks, I’ve completely gone off this particular confection! It looked all right at first glance from close up, but as the novelty wears off the lack of style becomes evident, especially when seen against the backdrop of one of the most stylish cities on Earth. I’m afraid it’s now just a clash of colours and a cheap and tacky Blackpool type of synthetic fun and advert-spiel :-



The roof is dead, long live the roof!! The colours of Greater Manchester – green, yellow, and a turquoise T68 heading up towards Balloon Street :-



We just made it on to the green train. Arriving at Rochdale, some orange pipeage has appeared at the breakout point between the railway and High Level Road on the left. In the centre of this shot can be seen one of the quasi-Victorian streetlamps on the raised footpath under the bridge :-



I posted a couple of shots of them earlier in the week :-



Sorry for repetition, but I have wet dreams about the beige and black together! :-







We found big things going on elsewhere in Rochdale. This is preliminary work on the site of the new Interchange, seen from Water Street. The 1970s bus station dominates the centre ground, but it is doomed along with its tall black neighbour on the left, the Metropolitan offices. A new college is springing up on the right, and you can make out the course of the River Roch, partly culverted and causing a few problems for Metrolink at the foot of Drake Street, out of shot to the left :-



The bus station subways (like Hilda Ogden, all the rage in the 1970s) will presumably disappear along with their urine and muriels of trams old and new :-





Another scene soon to be no more. But at least the concourse has some colour in it, unlike Shude Hill’s four drab shades of grey! :-



Outside is also pure 1970s :-



How many orange and brown ‘M’ logos are there left? - soon there will be one less :-



Oldham has also had one or two changes in the last few days. The rails across the site of the old Mumps roundabout have been paved, here looking towards the Temporary terminus :-



Williamson’s charming hardware shop on Brook Street now has a panoramic view :-



In July 2010 it faced the high stone wall of the viaduct :-



Just in the last few days, ohle poles have appeared in the newly created trambaan between Brook Street on the right and Bell Street on the left :-



A reminder of Bell Street in July 2009 :-



The Ways to the West – there’s only one at present, but soon they will be two :-



Happy days!

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Old March 7th, 2012, 10:56 AM   #284
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Some photos by martin2345uk, showing the South Manchester Line. Theres three interesting photos lower down which shows the difference over time....

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I'd forgotten they did that when they built the Eccles line JDR! Great shot


Still busy bees at the end of the SML right now! Cherry pickers galore (if that's what they are?)





Also you can see what they've done to Chorlton Brook where the Airport line will run just after leaving the SML... looks like a meteor crater!



Took a couple of photos of Didders today, as usual nothing hugely exciting, but a couple of views I really love...

..like this one from Parkfield Road South of the northern end of the Didsbury Tunnel. It really does look very bendy, but I guess that's an optical illusion like the steepness of the Rochdale viaduct ramp...



When did they get rid of that rusty old pipe bridge thing that used to be in front of the Wilmslow Road bridge?!




I love West Didsbury station, so much concrete, the whole thing looks really solid and chunky!




I'm also a fan of Withington station (though never the name!),



Lighting and shelters all ready and waiting



Some people have mentioned it looks "semi-rural"... it doesn't however when you turn 180 degrees!



I always say this but it seems an awfully long wait till this stretch is due to open!!
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Old March 15th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #286
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Track going down on South Manchester line taken by Johnny de Rivative.

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

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Cheers maties, isn't it all exciting!

Nice to see you on the South Manchester Line today joydivision. Sluggish journey though, due to lots of orange hi-vis on the track, both at the Firswood junction to the depot and the merge points at Trafford Bar. (btw the row after row after row of bananas lying idle in full public view at the depot, is becoming an increasing embarrassment!. We must have another day out when a line opens or starts testing.

Anyway, the track laying has begun through Didsbury Village this week. The workpeople say it should reach Hough End in about three weeks.

I agree, martin, the view North from the tunnel mouth at Wilmslow Road (DV) is much better without that horrible pipeage! :-





Getting the tunnel ready for some track :-



It’s coming under School Lane bridge :-





The ubiquitous staff wooden hut :-





The ramp down to the new platform at Didsbury Village :-



Olive Shapley is on the left :-





New track through the platform :-





The track laying machine gets busy :-











All happening.

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Looking good on the completed sections of phase 3 on the Ashton line. Just requires the stations finishing and signalling system being completed. Photos by Johnny de Rivative.

Main thread just hit 1.3 million views... http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

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Overnight the second running wire has arrived between Clayton and Velopark.

Looking up towards Edge Lane :-



The interface between the two sections hasn't been spliced as yet :-



Long danglers :-



Clayton Hall :-





The Grove Inn, Ashton New Road :-



Croft Street level crossing. The old Derby Arms in the background will now be a Caribbean restaurant :-



Westwards towards Canalside Crossing :-



Looking back :-







Over the canal itself - the white van is on the bridge :-





And down towards Velopark :-





Are those the first buds of Springtime for Purdy and TMS . . . ?


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Old March 20th, 2012, 01:56 AM   #288
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New designs for St Peters Square on show below which include a new Metrolink station for the second central city metrolink line.....

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hese are the final two designs shortlisted for the transformation of St Peter’s Square.

Manchester council launched an international competition to redesign the historic square after revealing plans for a multi-million pound makeover of the civic quarter in 2009.

Architects were sent back to the drawing board last year to incorporate a second Metrolink line, which is to run through the square, and the relocation of the cenotaph, which will be moved closer to the town hall following a public consultation.

The new images show how the square will transform the city’s historic heart.

The two finalists’ designs were going on public display today before a scheme is chosen.

Architects have been asked to come up with a redesign that will open up the square and create a world-class space. The project, in which the council is investing £20m, will complement modernisation projects at the town hall and Central Library and is expected to be completed in 2014.

Demolition on the outskirts of the square is now under way, with the landmark Elisabeth House site among the first to be brought down.

The site, which once housed the Dutch Pancake House, will be replaced with a top-grade office block, to be known as One St Peter’s Square.

Council leader Sir Richard Leese said: “St Peter’s Square is an important public space which has the potential to become truly world-class. Manchester is always seeking to grow its
international standing and
we’re determined to create a
St Peter’s Square which enhances our reputation. Investment in the square will help support and attract jobs by complementing developments in the surrounding area.”

The Designs are on public display at the council’s offices at
Number One First Street today, from 10am to 7pm and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.

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What is the ticketing system for the Manchester Tramlink like? Is it a smart card or...?

I'm going to be in Manchester for 4 or 5 days and was planning on catching it everywhere. Would it be better for me to get a smart card, or some kind of weekly/daily ticket?

Any advice would be very appreciated and willingly reciprocated for any Mancurians visiting Melbourne
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What is the ticketing system for the Manchester Tramlink like? Is it a smart card or...?

I'm going to be in Manchester for 4 or 5 days and was planning on catching it everywhere. Would it be better for me to get a smart card, or some kind of weekly/daily ticket?

Any advice would be very appreciated and willingly reciprocated for any Mancurians visiting Melbourne
No smart ticketing yet, just the old paper ticketing. It should be introduced some time late next year but you can use credit cards in the ticket machines so there's no messing around with cash. You can get a seven day travel card but the Metrolink doesn't go everywhere yet. Depends which areas you want to visit? Maybe have a look at the system map, or I could post it if you want? Good news is more lines should open this summer. Mainly towards the East/North Manchester.
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Some new photos of new track going down on the South Manchester line. Taken by martin2345uk....
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Just a quickie to illustrate a previous post that you can now just see the track creeping round the corner if you look from Princess Road overbridge:



They were also installing the help point at Withington on the other side of said bridge:



Few days and this lovely long stretch will be tracked:

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Update of the South Manchester line. Pictures show that most of the track has now been laid right up to the live section of the line. Taken by martin2345uk.....

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Looking towards Withington before



Looking towards Withington after



Reeeeally close now!





Tiny teeny gap remains in the Didsbury-bound line!

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I believe its not due to open for another four years but one of the stations is well underway. Taken by martin2345uk.....


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Well thanks to Steve's video I noticed that Benchill is looking even more complete than the last time we saw a photo of it, so couldn't resist nipping down to see, and indeed the platforms are almost complete!









I really really love how advanced this station is! Contrasts greatly with, say, Barlow Moor Road, where there is no sign at all of a future stop!!
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The first of 12 of the older trams have started being replaced by the newer M5000s.

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Transport bosses have started to remove some of Metrolink’s oldest trams after they were plagued with problems.

The M.E.N. told last year how they were planning to phase out 12 of the oldest grey and blue vehicles as more of the new yellow trams hit the rails. The old-style trams, known as T68s, became synonymous with Manchester after they were introduced in 1992. But they have begun to show their age and have been behind a series of recent breakdowns.

Passengers faced major disruption in January when four broke down in a fortnight.

The first of the grey trams to be retired – number 1011 – has been returned to its depot. It is expected to be stripped of equipment for use in other trams. New yellow trams, known as M5000s, have been ordered to replace the older vehicles. A spokeswoman for Transport for Greater Manchester said: “As investment in trebling the size of the Metrolink network starts to come to fruition, the time has now come for the original vehicles to enter a well-earned retirement.

“Replacing the older T68s will lead to more reliable services for passengers because the new M5000s are, on average, four times less likely to develop a disruptive fault than the T68s.”

More than 60 of the yellow Bombardier M5000 trams have been ordered and bosses agreed last year to buy another 12.

Dozens of commuters criticised the tram service in January and some called for a ticket boycott after a fortnight of frustrating delays.

Bosses apologised for the disruption and said the reliability of their older trams is ‘without doubt’ the biggest issue.

Metrolink is undergoing a £1.4bn expansion that will see new lines opening in the region.

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May 01, 2012

Regular tests are being carried out on the Oldham Metrolink line – in the hope it will hit its target to open in spring.

The long-awaited line has been delayed due to problems with a new computer control system.

The first half of the line from Victoria to Central Park in Newton Heath had been due to open last spring, with the second half set for last autumn.

But bosses last year put the target for the whole line back to this spring, with news on the final opening date still awaited.

Test trams have now become a regular features on the Oldham line as bosses have been working to iron out problems with the new control system, called TMS.

A report prepared for transport chiefs in March said: “The open date will be subject to technical challenges with the introduction of the Tram Management System.

“By introducing the service direct to Oldham Mumps, the driver training element... can be delivered much more effectively and efficiently than previously envisaged with the original two staged approach.”

The report said track and infrastructure including the tram stops are now ‘substantially complete’.

It said tram testing from Central Park was being undertaken as part of the overall testing and commissioning of the line.

TMS, which controls the points and signals, caused major disruption during trials at MediaCity in September 2010 and separate problems also delayed the Chorlton extension.

A report said ‘technical complexities’ were delaying the roll-out of TMS across the expanding network.

It said a delay of between three and six months was likely on the line beyond Oldham to Rochdale – putting that back to autumn or winter this year. The report said a three-month delay on the east Manchester line to Droylsden was also ‘likely’ – which would also put it back to autumn.

A plan is being considered to run trams to City’s Etihad Stadium in advance of the full opening of the Droylsden line.

The new lines are part of a £1.4bn ‘Big Bang’ Metrolink expansion, which is due to be completed by 2016.

The Chorlton line is due to be extended to Didsbury and to Wythenshawe and the airport, and the Droylsden line will go on to Ashton-under-Lyne. It will make Metrolink the biggest tram network in Britain.

Drivers in Oldham have been facing disruption due to roadworks for the construction of the next phase of the line to Rochdale.

A website has been set up by Oldham council showing travel alerts and areas of congestion.

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It would be cool if at some point in the future they extended the Metrolink down to places such as Wilmslow, Poynton and Macclesfield. Maybe rather than use them for access to Manchester which would be a look quicker by heavy rail, use them more for local travel. Getting to the airport from e.g. Prestbury or anywhere else in that direction means you have to drive as the rail line don't server many places.
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It would be cool if at some point in the future they extended the Metrolink down to places such as Wilmslow, Poynton and Macclesfield. Maybe rather than use them for access to Manchester which would be a look quicker by heavy rail, use them more for local travel. Getting to the airport from e.g. Prestbury or anywhere else in that direction means you have to drive as the rail line don't server many places.
I believe a route serving the A34 corridor would be suitable but going to places like Presbury and Macclesfield would be well out of the way.
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I believe a route serving the A34 corridor would be suitable but going to places like Presbury and Macclesfield would be well out of the way.
They could do a route from Stockport through Hazel Grove, Poynton, etc

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I believe a route serving the A34 corridor would be suitable but going to places like Prestbury and Macclesfield would be well out of the way.
Are you referring to the new A34 expressway from Cheadle Royal to Alderley Edge or the former route now referred to as the B5358 (Heald Green to Alderley Edge)?

The traffic flows on either section are very high indeed and from Parrs Wood towards Cheadle Royal (this is still classified as the A34 on that section) has housing on either side of the road.

The existing section under construction from St Werburgh's Road to Parrs Wood falls within the TfGM administered area, but once Handforth is reached, you then enter the area of Cheshire East, who do not have the same enthusiasm for the Manchester Metrolink system, nor is there a precept in the Council Tax in Cheshire East to allow for contributions to an expanded system within their area.

The comments with regard to both Prestbury and Macclesfield fall under the same Cheshire East boundary, which divides both the TfGM area and the Cheshire East area on the Hazel Grove/Poynton boundary.

Incidentally, there once was a 379 bus service from Poynton (Dickens Lane) to Manchester Airport a few years ago, but this was withdrawn due to extremely low passenger loading figures.
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Are you referring to the new A34 expressway from Cheadle Royal to Alderley Edge or the former route now referred to as the B5358 (Heald Green to Alderley Edge)?

The traffic flows on either section are very high indeed and from Parrs Wood towards Cheadle Royal (this is still classified as the A34 on that section) has housing on either side of the road.

The existing section under construction from St Werburgh's Road to Parrs Wood falls within the TfGM administered area, but once Handforth is reached, you then enter the area of Cheshire East, who do not have the same enthusiasm for the Manchester Metrolink system, nor is there a precept in the Council Tax in Cheshire East to allow for contributions to an expanded system within their area.

The comments with regard to both Prestbury and Macclesfield fall under the same Cheshire East boundary, which divides both the TfGM area and the Cheshire East area on the Hazel Grove/Poynton boundary.

Incidentally, there once was a 379 bus service from Poynton (Dickens Lane) to Manchester Airport a few years ago, but this was withdrawn due to extremely low passenger loading figures.
I'm talking about the whole of the A34 from central Manchester all the way out to the Wilmslow area. The Traffic in that area is a nightmare. I know Handforth is part of Cheshire East but I don't know their views on TfGM or Metrolink. It hasn't stopped TfGM planning Metrolink tram/train out towards Derbyshire for example but there are many other projects that come before any of this and since nothing has ever been planned apart from a line going down Oxford towards the new South Manchester line we don't know. I'm pretty sure the next section of the A555 for the Airport will mostly be built on the Airport side which is in nearly all in Cheshire. I had a feeling part of the funding for that came from Greater Manchester? So that shows they must work together.

To me I've always found Wilmslow and Handforth to be nothing more than commuter towns of the Manchester area. It's where the wealthy who either work in Manchester or who own businesses in Manchester live. Always seemed to be linked more to Manchester than Wigan, Bolton or a Rochdale ever have done. There's pretty much concrete and housing from central Manchester all the way out to Wilmslow which to a point is what matters and the distances are no more than other lines out to Bury etc The problems are other projects come first and there's quite a list.
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