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Old February 9th, 2013, 07:14 PM   #321
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The East Manchester line officially opens to Droylsden this Monday, but is de facto in operation now carrying passengers. Rochdale extension is not far behind. Here is the latest map

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Old February 9th, 2013, 08:59 PM   #322
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[QUOTE=Caiman;100101904]The East Manchester line officially opens to Droylsden this Monday, but is de facto in operation now carrying passengers. Rochdale extension is not far behind. Here is the latest map

My pictures from the new and old lines below

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All of the T68A's were on QS today again with 1 pair of T68's

Outside Old Trafford Depot were 3046/7/54/5/6
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Old February 14th, 2013, 01:17 AM   #323
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Just for something a bit different for this thread. I've cross posted the below over from the Manchester forum. It's a historical curio I found in the library. In the 1960s the Ministry of Transport and the City Council commissioned a study into transport in Manchester and the surrounding region. The region's extensive tram network had been closed in 1949 and it was recognised that the remaining rail infrastructure wasn't serving many areas of the city well. This study produced plans for the network below:



Contrast that with the network currently being built:



It's interesting that lines similar to several of those routes are now finally being built, nearly 50 years after that report was published. The obvious difference is the two underground branches north and south of the city centre, where due to the narrow Victorian streets a surface tram wouldn't provide any mobility benefits over buses.


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This shows the section of the network through the city centre. Part of the route shadows that of the second city crossing which will soon begin construction. There are still no plans to take the rapid transit system to Oxford Road, the University District or Moss Side though.

Anyway, I just thought it might be interesting to show some of the thinking that came before the network now under construction.
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Old February 16th, 2013, 02:39 AM   #324
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Night shots on the network

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Old May 6th, 2013, 11:52 PM   #326
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can trams in Manchester be coupled and are the platforms long enough for that...
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Old May 8th, 2013, 07:56 PM   #328
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can trams in Manchester be coupled and are the platforms long enough for that...
Yes & Yes
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Old May 13th, 2013, 12:44 AM   #329
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Old May 22nd, 2013, 06:22 PM   #330
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http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....-start-4001522

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Destination Didsbury – Metrolink trams to start tomorrow, three months early
22 May 2013 12:32
The first tram from East Didsbury will leave at 5.49am and is expected to be packed with transport enthusiasts eager to be the first on board.


WE MADE IT! Coun Andrew Fender with £1, the price of the former rail line, and Coun Nigel Murphy on the new route to Didsbury

The first passengers will start travelling on the new Metrolink extension to East Didsbury tomorrow.

The first tram from East Didsbury will leave at 5.49am and is expected to be packed with transport enthusiasts eager to be the first on board.

The 2.7-mile route is an extension of the line that currently ends at St Werburgh’s Road in Chorlton. It is opening three months ahead of schedule.

The extension means the total size of the network is now 45.6-miles – the distance from Manchester to Blackpool.

When the £1.4bn Big Bang expansion is completed, with an extension to the airport, it will be the biggest tram network in the country – but it still has a long way to go before it eclipses the world’s largest urban tram network, the 160-mile Yarra system in Melbourne, Australia.

The opening of the line marks a huge milestone for Coun Andrew Fender, the chairman of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee.

Almost exactly 30 years ago to the day, he led a rail study group that encouraged the then Greater Manchester Council to buy a stretch of the former Manchester Midland mainline through Chorlton and Didsbury for just £1.

That stopped the line being sold to developers, and it is now the route of the service.

Mr Fender said: “It was the best £1 that we’ve ever spent. Metrolink is now the biggest tram network in the UK. It’s fantastic to be able to announce the opening of this new line several months ahead of schedule.”

The line has five new stops at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Didsbury Village and East Didsbury.

It is hoped it will ease congestion on some of Manchester’s busiest commuter routes, including Kingsway, Wilmslow Road and Princess Parkway.

A 300-space park-and-ride site, which will be free for Metrolink passengers, has been built at the East Didsbury stop. The journey to the city centre takes less than half an hour.

New lines are also being extended to Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Airport, and there are plans to build a second line through the city centre.

When the airport line opens in 2016, the Metrolink network will be 59-miles long – more than three times the original 18.5-mile network that opened in 1992.

Coun Nigel Murphy, Manchester council’s executive member for the environment, grew up near the St Werburgh’s Road stop and went to school in Didsbury. He said: “The connection between Chorlton and Didsbury will benefit both communities and local businesses in both areas and beyond.

“Having a well-connected city where people can easily access employment, social and leisure opportunities is absolutely fundamental to Manchester’s future success.”


Alight here for Southern Cemetery, The Christie, trendy shops... and plenty of pubs!


The new tram line opens up a large swathe of south Manchester to the network. Here’s our guide to what’s where:

WITHINGTON: The Withington stop is on Princess Road close to the Cavendish Road and offers access to Hough End Playing Fields, the site of the planned new leisure centre. Walking distance to Southern Cemetery, it also has bus connections to Moss Side.

BURTON ROAD: This area of West Didsbury is home to an array of restaurants and independent shops, plus pubs including the Railway and the popular Metropolitan. Restaurants include Greens and the Elvis-themed Thai E-Sarn. The stop is a short walk from Withington Community Hospital.

WEST DIDSBURY: The West Didsbury stop is close to the Northern Lawn Tennis Club, a Pizza Express restaurant and the Greenfinch pub. It is less than a mile from the Christie Hospital. It offers bus connections to Withington and Fallowfield along Wilmslow Road.

DIDSBURY VILLAGE: The next stop at Didsbury Village is just yards from all the shops, pubs and eateries that the village has to offer. They include independent and specialist shops, including the Cheese Hamlet and Axons butchers, and bars and restaurants including Gusto.

EAST DIDSBURY: The final stop near the Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre and not far from Didsbury Cricket Club. It is a five minute walk from Didsbury Park, and pubs including The Didsbury and Ye Olde **** Inn. There are buses to the Heatons in Stockport.
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Nice picture set, d33.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 08:58 PM   #333
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awesome pics. i'm very happy to see Manchester's progress. It's a wonderful city. Had a great visit last year. Took the tram and it was very convenient.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #334
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awesome pics. i'm very happy to see Manchester's progress. It's a wonderful city. Had a great visit last year. Took the tram and it was very convenient.
Much better than London, Birmingham and Leeds (I am Biased though!)

No wonder the media moved here its where all the action is Sport Music etc is
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Old July 9th, 2013, 09:46 PM   #335
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Two important pieces of recent news....

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Metrolink trams set to start rolling into Ashton-under-Lyne

Tests due soon on new East Manchester line with latest stage of £1.4bn expansion on schedule

The first trams will soon arrive at Ashton-under-Lyne, testing out the Metrolink extension to the town.

The line to the heart of Tameside is almost complete and drivers are expected to start overnight runs in the next few weeks.

Bosses expect to open the extension on time as planned this winter.

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink director, said: “We’ve made excellent progress with the new Metrolink extension to Ashton and are well on track for opening the new line this winter, as planned.”

Metrolink is undergoing a £1.4bn expansion, with new lines also opening to Wythenshawe and Manchester airport, and through Oldham and Rochdale town centres.

There are also plans to create a new line through the city centre.

News that work is going well on the 2.1 mile extension to Ashton-under-Lyne comes less than two months after the latest line in the expansion project opened to East Didsbury.

The East Manchester Line to Droylsden, which opened in February, will have four new stops at Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Ashton West and Ashton-under-Lyne.

Mr Cushing said: “People living or travelling along the route will see that construction work is now largely finished and we’ll soon be starting a comprehensive testing and commissioning programme to get the line ready for passenger services.

“That will include overnight tram tests between Droylsden and Ashton, followed by daytime testing and training to familiarise tram drivers with the route. There will also be some road traffic changes in the area to get ready for trams and cars sharing the road.

“As always, we are writing to all local residents and businesses to let them know the progress we are making and what to expect in the coming months.”

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co....olling-4881581

On this next piece I'd really like to see the Stockport section funded at some point as well as the Trafford Centre line.

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Trams to the Trafford Centre set for go-ahead

The extension of Metrolink to the Trafford Centre and the building of the Manchester Airport relief road are now set for the go-ahead.

That is down to an ‘innovative’ deal that gives Greater Manchester the power to decide which major projects it backs being signed off.

The area has become the first in the county to agree an ‘earnback’ deal with government, which enables it to invest in the schemes it feels are the most important.

And when these projects lead to extra tax revenues being generated, Greater Manchester can claim back up to £30m a year of them to plough into fresh projects.

Greater Manchester’s Local Enterprise Partnership – the body charged with plotting its future prosperity – has identified, in partnership with its ten town halls and other partners, the two schemes it wants to back first.

They are the extension of Metrolink to Trafford Park and the £290m A6 SEMMS scheme, which would link the A6 at Hazel Grove, near Stockport, to Manchester Airport via the A555.

LEP chairman Mike Blackburn said: “Greater Manchester’s LEP is one of the strongest in the country and, together with our Combined Authority, provides a real and accountable institutional framework for arrangements that enable the UK’s big cities to invest in a sophisticated way and, crucially, to keep and reinvest a greater proportion of the economic benefits created if indeed they materialise.

“Earnback is a breakthrough that enables us to do that and the LEP strongly supports it. We are pleased this has been given the green light by the Treasury and we look forward to SEMMMS becoming a reality, with plans for Metrolink Trafford Park to follow as soon as possible.”

Earnback is part of the City Deal Greater Manchester agreed with government, which aims to devolve £500m of spending to local areas over ten years.

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Old August 31st, 2013, 12:22 PM   #336
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Manchester Metrolink Ashton Line and Oldham Town Centre Line Testing commences.

The past couple of weeks has seen overnight and daytime tests on the Metrolink route from Droylsden in East Manchester to Ashton under Lyne and also overnight dynamic testing of the Oldham Town Centre diversion.

Three sets of photos here of these tests starting with the overnight tests in Ashton.

My set from Ashton on 20th August. There were Police 2 Land Rovers and a BMW escorting 3026. The police in the Land Rovers were having a great time jostling for position to block off the roads at each junction then racing off to the next site

Photographing wasn't too hard as the tram was running quite slowly as the engineers were checking for detection of every loop using handheld terminals at each Traffic Signal Controller.

Down on Ashton Moss after waiting for what seemed ages 3026 finally appeared from Behind The Snipe. Not the best of shots but the best my compact camera could manage in the difficult lighting.



Approaching Moss Way by the Sheldon Arms.



Creeping over Moss Way junction.



and on towards Ashton Moss stop.



Crossing the M60 bridge.



Passing over the roundabout near he Ashton Leisure Park.



The Police escorts blocking the road junction.



Ashton West next. The PIDS were tracking 3026 as 'Not in Service'.



Crossing Richmond Street as they leave Ashton West.



and away down Lord Sheldon Way towards IKEA with Police accompaniment.



Crossing Cavendish Street junction.



Waiting alongside Aldi to crossover to the inbound line before crossing Oldham Road into Ashton stop.





Over the crossover



and finally they arrive in Ashton stop. Note the PIDS showing 'System under Test'



Now when the tram is set up ready to depart the PIDS shows 'Not in Service'





Having left the stop the PIDS now reverts to showing 'System under Test' only.



Waiting to cross Cavendish Street again. Note the Vauxhall Vectra waiting ahead of the traffic stop line. he asked the WPC if it was OK to go but was advised to wait. He then reversed behind the stop line before setting of towards Ashton Moss, yes you've guessed totally ignoring the WPC's shouts and the reflective Trams Only bollards. Fortunately he stopped before dropping onto the track and reversed back. Some words were exchanged between him and the police officers before he disappeared. To be honest I don't think any form of signage would have helped in this instance given the presence of 2 large Land Rovers and a BMW in full police colours with flashing lights.



With the road very effectively blocked 3026 departs to test all the inbound loops back to Droylsden and I left to drive up to Oldham.

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Metrolink Oldham Town Centre

The second instalment of the recent Metrolink testing sessions. Again overnight on August 20th. I didn't follow the tests all that far as I had already spent over 2 hours around Ashton and Ashton Moss. Every side road off Union Street had been closed off by the contractor's traffic management company. No sign of any Police anywhere but it was a nightmare finding my way out afterwards. That's something for anyone venturing out tonight or tomorrow night to bear in mind.

Anyway here goes.

3071 leads the coupled set up onto Union Street approaching the junction with Rhodes Bank.





Passing The Link Centre



and on up towards Bridge Street



Approaching Waterloo Street.







I decided that I needed to move the car before I got too far away as it was down a rather dark side street. By the time I had managed to find my way out from Bridge Street and onto Waterloo Street they had raced off down Union Street out of sight so I am afraid I took the easy option and headed for my bed.

Finally safely stabled in Mumps Compound awaiting 2 more nights of tests. I had expected them to be stabled at Westwood Business Centre but the obviously had run them back wrong line to Mumps after the inbound line had been gauged.

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Metrolink Ashton Daytime Testing

Finally the 3rd set taken on August 28th the first day of day light testing between Droylsden and Ashton under Lyne.

Having had to make an early dash to the Airport to pick up returning holiday makers I had seen 3058 and 3059 standing at Ashton Moss so on my return I went on a hunt just like one of two other forummers. I found 3059 still at Ashton as seen below, work was also in progress on the ticket machines here.





3058 was still at Ashton Moss when I walked down there.





As I walked back to Ashton to pick my car up I was rewarded by this.





By the time I had got to Ashton West 3058 nearly caught me out.






And only a few minutes later on its way back.







Testing continued through the week with Thursday 29th seeing coupled running and Friday up to 5 trams in use.
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Great photos freel keep`em coming, the growth of the new lines on the Manchester Metrolink has been truely remarkable, lookfoward to seeing more and more lines opening.
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BRITAIN'S BIGGEST!

Fellow World transit lovers:

Do not skip over this thread! http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944

Manchester Metrolink is the biggest public transport construction project in the UK outside London! (and much more discussed on SSC than CrossRail or HS2)!

It'll be a network of around 100km by 2016 and has been expanding rapidly in just a few years. But (incredibly) it has attracted more replies and views than ANY OTHER IN EUROPE!
With
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and a further 2.5 million+ views more for the general discussions (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=866944, http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1051297)
, this is without doubt the biggest transport discussion in Europe!

Featuring comprehensive photographic records and incredibly knowledgeable and detailed discussion of the utter transformation of urban rail transit in the UK's second most important city region right now, what are you doing not noticing?

Just coz it doesn't have the marble and chandeliers of the Moscow Metro or is not set with the backdrop of romantic Paris, or even the industry reverence of Karlsruhe ....dont be fooled! Manchester has become the most dynamic city of the UK outside the capital (with our other huge conurbation Birmingham doing well too - but a wee bit further behind Manchester in urban rail at least, sadly).

So if rail based transport is your thing, and you like a bit of expansion (!), dont waste your time with Tianjin or Harbin or Solaris Buses...and get yerself over to the Biggest Thing in European Transit Expansion right now!!!
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