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Old April 1st, 2014, 01:56 PM   #401
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Old April 1st, 2014, 08:51 PM   #402
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Rochdale Town Centre Opens

I joined the relatively small group on the first tram through to Rochdale Town Centre at Oldham Mumps yesterday morning.

I was a bit confused by the PIDS which kept changing their minds about where we were going and when we would leave.

When I first arrived expecting a departure time of around 05:28 I was greeted by this which didn't look hopeful.



Then this with at least the right destination.



Next this



And finally as 3049 approached this....



Anyway 3049 working the first trip did finally arrive at around 05:37 according to my camera.



Arriving at Rochdale Town Centre we were rather underwhelmed by the reception committee. There wasn't one! The folks seen here in the photo were all from the tram.



3049 on the first inbound trip was ready to leave at around 06:03.









As 3049 climbed away up Drake Street the second arrival 3019 appeared at the single line points.







It arrived into the righthand platform.





The third was a double formed of 3026 and 3022.





3059 at the rear of another double departing from the new stop.


Although it is hard to see in the photos the PIDS were picking up the fact that there was a tram ready to leave for East Didsbury but not displaying a time to departure not showing any information about subsequent departures once a tram had left.



3018 and 3015 round the curve into Drake Street at around 06:40.





and leave the single line.

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Since this is now a general public transport thread, I thought it might be useful to cross post some of the information we have on non-Metrolink infrastructure enhancements in Manchester either under construction or in development.

Northern Hub

The heavy rail network in and around Manchester is in the process of receiving a massive enhancement under three parallel schemes. First is the biggest, the circa £600million 'Northern Hub' scheme to improve journey times across the North of England by improving line speeds and capacity on the rail lines that centre on Manchester.

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The Northern Hub is a programme of targeted upgrades to the railway in the North of England. Scheduled to complete in 2019, it will allow up to 700 more trains to run each day and provide space for 44 million more passengers a year.
  • Over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits to the region and potentially 20,000 to 30,000 new jobs
  • £4 boost to the economy for every £1 spent
  • The ability to double into the Trafford Park freight terminals
  • Two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
  • Six fast trains an hour between Leeds and Manchester (currently four)
  • Journey times between Leeds and Manchester could be reduced by about 10 minutes
  • Journey times between Liverpool and Manchester could be reduced by 10-15 minutes
  • New direct services through Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport
  • Faster journey times to Sheffield and the East Midlands, Chester, Bradford, Halifax, Hull, Newcastle and the North-East
The initial parts of the scheme are currently under construction, including a fourth platform at Manchester Airport railway station. The eventual scheme will include two new through platforms at Manchester Piccadilly and a new section of track to connect Piccadilly and Victoria (see image below). Keen observers will notice Liverpool Road Station which is the world's oldest surviving railway terminal.

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Northern Electrication Project

Network Rail are also electrifying three key routes into Manchester, those to Liverpool, Lancashire and Scotland and Leeds and Yorkshire to allow more and faster trains to serve these routes. The first phase opened last December, allowing electric trains to run between Manchester and Edinburgh and Glasgow, with subsequent phases to follow over the next 5 years.

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Central Manchester Station Enhancements

Central Manchester has three main railway stations (Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road) and two more minor ones (Deansgate and Salford Central). Manchester Victoria lost many of its services in the 1980s, but with the hub works outlined above is expected to become much busier over the next decade. The plan is to retain the Edwardian station frontage, but replace the roof over the platforms and upgrade the passenger facilties, including a new raised concorse to access the adjacent arena.

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There is an bigger photos of the first render online here http://manchestergazette.co.uk/makeo...well-way/27053
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Longer term there are plans to open disused platforms at Salford Crescent and rebuild Oxford Road Station.
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Old April 11th, 2014, 03:53 PM   #404
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From Network Rail, video on construction of new fouth train platform at Manchester Airport station, planned for completion in 2015:

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New bridge constructed at Altrincham Interchange
17 April 2014



A new steel bridge has been built at Altrincham Interchange, signalling a major milestone for the creation of the new modern transport hub.

The 45-tonne steel structure, which will have glazed sides and metal roof, was lifted from the Oakfield Road Car Park in the early hours of Sunday 13 April by international construction and engineering specialists Laing O’Rourke.

Click here to see a video of the bridge being lifted in to place.

A 750-tonne mobile crane was used to lift the two preformed segments of the bridge into place. The first segment was 16m-long and weighed 25 tonnes, while the second was 11.5m-long and weighed 20 tonnes. The two segments were then joined together at the central platform support structure.

Work was carried out overnight on Saturday to minimise disruption to commuters.

Once its installation is complete later this year, passengers will be able to use the bridge to cross both the Network Rail and Metrolink lines, improving access to four platforms via stairs and lifts.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Head of Programme Management Services, Peter Boulton, said: “The construction of the bridge is excellent news as it is a very visual element of the scheme and passengers will now be able to really see the new, modern interchange taking shape.

“The bridge will improve passenger access to all four platforms, through new stairs and lifts, which is a key motivation behind the whole project.

“When complete, the new multi-modal interchange will improve facilities for passengers and the integration of transport modes whilst simultaneously being sympathetic to the heritage of the original facility.”

The work is part of the £19 million redevelopment of the interchange – due to be completed in 2014 – that will provide a safer and fully integrated transport hub.

It will also offer an impressive new gateway for visitors arriving in Altrincham, and will play a key role in shaping the vision for the town centre being driven by Trafford Council.

The existing interchange will be transformed into a new, fully accessible facility with a modern concourse, a single, integrated ticket office and improved links between bus, train and tram services.

As part of the Greater Manchester Commuter Cycling Project, which is being funded through the government’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund, new cycling facilities will also be provided.​
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And timelapse of bridge installation:

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Two news from Manchester:

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Make a quick exit at Bury Interchange
22 April 2014

It’s all change for services at Bury Interchange next week when the busy bus station’s new exit opens onto Angouleme Way.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), which owns and manages the interchange, has built the new exit to speed up journey times and ease congestion on the station – which is used by over a thousand buses every day.

From Sunday 27 April most services at the interchange will be reallocated to new stands, allowing buses that run along Angouleme Way towards The Rock shopping centre to make a quicker exit.

Details of which buses will use which stands will be available at the interchange and online at www.tfgm.com closer to the change.

The new exit, which complements the one onto Haymarket Street, is just one of a range of projects across Greater Manchester being delivered through the Department for Transport’s Better Bus Area Fund Programme, aimed at increasing bus use in busy urban areas.

Howard Hartley, TfGM’s Head of Bus, said: “Bury is a key regional centre and has one of the busiest bus stations in Greater Manchester.

“This new exit will allow us to manage bus services on the station much more efficiently, cutting down journey times and improving service reliability for passengers.

“We’ll have plenty of information at the bus station and staff on hand from this Sunday to make sure passengers know which stand to catch their bus from. Information will also be available at www.tfgm.com.”

Bury Interchange is one of 22 bus stations in Greater Manchester owned and managed by TfGM, and also includes a Metrolink stop for services into the city centre and beyond.

Greater Manchester was awarded a £5 million grant from the Department for Transport’s Better Bus Area Fund (BBAF) in 2012.

Through close partnership working between TfGM and the district councils the BBAF is delivering targeted schemes to provide bus priority improvements and better public transport interchange
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Work set to start on Wythenshawe's brand new interchange
22 April 2014



Construction of Wythenshawe’s new bus and tram interchange will begin soon.

Following a competitive tendering process via the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) framework, Kier Construction has been awarded the contract to construct the new interchange designed by Aedas Architects. The contract is worth approximately £5m.

The new interchange, which will be located off Poundswick Lane next to Wythenshawe Forum, is being delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and is being jointly funded by TfGM and Manchester City Council.

The Interchange site has been previously occupied by Metrolink as part of the Airport Line expansion (due for completion in 2016).

Metrolink have vacated the compound and Kier Construction will now begin a short period of mobilisation. Survey and testing work will begin on site next month with construction work expected to begin in early June.

The project will involve the construction of a new bus station alongside the Wythenshawe town centre Metrolink stop and upon completion provide a multi-modal transport Interchange.

For passengers, the new interchange will offer a range of improved services, such as modern, fully-covered waiting areas, better information and ticketing facilities, a safer, more secure waiting environment and greater accessibility.

The interchange will also have a TfGM Travelshop providing tickets and information, a highly visible centralised bus supervisor’s office and cycle parking facilities.

The development will also support the wider regeneration of Wythenshawe town centre, with the release of land occupied by the current bus station on Rowlandsway playing a key role in that.

Councillor Andrew Fender, TfGM Committee Chair, said: “I’m delighted that we have reached this important milestone in the project and that people will shortly see work starting on the ground – a very real and tangible sign that their new interchange is on its way.

“It’s going to provide a modern, high quality gateway to the town centre for both bus and Metrolink passengers, improving public transport links to jobs, education and leisure with over 52,000 people working in Wythenshawe across a variety of large employers.”

Gary Wintersgill, Managing Director of Kier Construction in the north, added: “This is the second interchange being built for TfGM by Kier; Rochdale is now complete and open and we look forward to delivering another high quality building in Wythenshawe, which the local community will be proud of.”

Cllr Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment, said: "This is another important part of our joint programme of work with TfGM to deliver better, more integrated public transport in Wythenshawe. It will play a vital role in supporting regeneration in the area as well as making it easier for residents to access jobs and services across Greater Manchester."

The interchange has been developed in consultation with local bus operators, transport user groups and disability access groups
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Road diversions for Lower Mosley Street closure
25 April 2014

Lower Mosley Street in Manchester city centre will be temporarily closed to through traffic from next week as utility diversion works are carried out to make way for Metrolink’s Second City Crossing (2CC).

From Monday 28 April, ground investigations and utility diversion work will take place from 8am to 6pm for approximately three weeks.

Lower Mosley Street will be closed to through traffic from the junction of Oxford Street and Windmill Street for the duration of the works.

While access for local traffic and pedestrians will be maintained at all times, through road traffic will be diverted along Peter Street to Deansgate and Bridgewater Street. Metrolink services will not be affected by the road works.

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director Peter Cushing said: “These essential utility works are not only making way for the second city crossing, but also making long-term improvements to the cables and pipes that provide life’s essentials like water, gas, telecoms and electricity.

“The new crossing will be a huge improvement for public transport through the city and we’re working closely with Manchester City Council to integrate all Metrolink works with other developments in the city centre.”

The 2CC route will begin in Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, before turning down Princess Street and then heading along Cross Street and Corporation Street before re-joining the existing Metrolink line just outside Victoria.

As part of the project, new stops will be built in Exchange Square and St Peter’s Square
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Progress on Manchester Victoria station renovation, taken from Manchester's sub-forum:

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I found my memory card - so these were taken this morning (01/05/2014), from the usual place, plus one, which is taken from under the area on Platform 3 and the final bit of roof is removed.

Because you can never have enough photos of big cranes...

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If it were sunny, the reflection of the crane in the buildings windows might look quite nice...

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...or big cranes and rust...

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Taken from Manchester subforum, first section of new Victoria station roof is installed:

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Anyway...

I expanded the gif with a picutre without any of the ribs and one that I too on Friday when the sun was belting down and there had been a few cross beams (?) attached to the 3rd rib...sadly it doesn't quite line up.

Actually annoyed I didn't get one when there was just one rib, if that was ever possible.

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I managed to get some of the bus station; was going to go on the platforms but the heavens opened.









and a close(er) up of the new footbridge...

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And progress on new Metrolink Airport extension:

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Its raining its pouring but hey.. still did my update

We start at the airport and as you can see there is only less that 10 metres of track to finish

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Over on Outwood Lane this side still needs cladding

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Utilities are slowly going back underground

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The size difference from new-left old-right

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Its looks so good with all this track

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Utilities from the other side

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Over at Aviator way this road is almost complete

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New fence has been added to the walls of the underpass

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The crossing at Woodhouse Lane

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The underpass from a distance

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From Ringway Road

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Down towards Shadowmoss

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Finally finishing the path at the end of Aviator Way

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Over to Shadowmoss now

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Down to the airport

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Whats that in the distance

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Oooh its OHLE poles

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People are getting long driveways

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Landscaping

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Shadowmoss Stop

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Got a timetable now dated 18th April 2014

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Only a few junctions left to switch on

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Landscaping also grass seeds put down

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They've been digging out this. probably to fill it up with concrete

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Towards Wythenshawe Town Centre

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Peel Hall

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TMS stuff to be covered in concrete

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The sun came out.

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Then went in again

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New traffic lights in the distance

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Finally this junction should run like clockwork

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Robinswood gardens

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It all looks so complete

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The crossovers

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Track back in place

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Wythenshawe

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Le Voila

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Special charity event will bid farewell to T68s
14 May 2014



A special, never-to-be-repeated event will be held later this month to bid farewell to one of Greater Manchester’s most iconic forms of public transport and raise money for charity.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and the Metrolink operator, Metrolink RATP Dev Limited (MRDL), have arranged for one of the system's original T68 trams to take a final journey on the network on Monday 26 May.

The limited-stop trip, which will take the ‘classic’ network route – Piccadilly, Eccles, Bury and Altrincham - will mark the fleet's formal retirement from service in April 2014.

To add an authentic touch to the occasion, the vehicles will be driven by drivers who drove the first trams back in 1992, wearing their original uniforms.

Non-refundable tickets can be bought in advance by clicking here with all proceeds going to TfGM’s chosen charities - The Christie and Francis House Hospice. It is hoped that the event will raise more than £3000.

Tickets are being sold on a first come, first served basis with the event being limited to 180 spaces. Once purchased, they will be exchanged on the day of the event for special commemorative day passes, which will provide travel across the entire Metrolink network for the whole day.

TfGM’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “The T68s have enormous historical significance and have played a major role in re-establishing light rail onto the UK’s streets.

“Over the ensuing years Metrolink has experienced unprecedented growth and has provided the blueprint for several other cities that have followed Manchester’s lead by introducing tramways onto their streets.

“I’m sure that this will be reflected in the popularity of the event which has provided an excellent opportunity to raise money for two fantastic causes.”

Chris Coleman, Managing Director at Metrolink RATP Dev Limited (MRDL), said: “The retirement of the T68 tram from service marks a significant milestone in Metrolink’s history and for public transport in general in Greater Manchester.

“Over the past two decades, the vehicles have served the region well, transporting tens of thousands of customers every day, so it’s only fitting they should have an appropriate send off.

“The day looks set to be a great success and our employees have been keen to support the event with two of our drivers, who have been with the company for more than 20 years, dusting off their old uniforms and volunteering to drive on the day.

“As well as this two of our Control Room operators will be there on the day too to sell and sign copies of the 200 page book they’ve co-authored on the history of the T68 tram. All the money raised from sales of this book will go to Bury Hospice.”

The tram will depart Piccadilly at 10.30am prompt, so ticket holders are advised to gather at the mezzanine level at the Piccadilly Metrolink stop for 10am to ensure they can exchange their tickets in time and do not miss out.

For details of the T68 book written by Control Room Operators, Andrew Coward and John Henderson, visit www.buryrossendalerails.com
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The tram network up in Manchester is quite extensive now, and with the upgrades to the existing commuter rail network over the next few years, redeveloped Victoria station and further tram improvements it's coming along nicely.
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Real time Metrolink information starts to go-live on Altrincham line
16 May 2014

Passengers using some stops on the Altrincham Metrolink line are now benefiting from real time information about services.

Transport for Greater Manchester installed passenger information displays at all stops on the Bury and Altrincham lines as part of an extensive stop upgrade programme in readiness for the newly expanded Metrolink network.

The displays rely on data from a new tram management system already in operation on the new-build Metrolink lines and now being extended through to the Altrincham and Bury lines.

Following an extensive testing programme, over the last week the new tram management system has started to be rolled out to the Altrincham line.

Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director for Transport for Greater Manchester, said: “This is great news for passengers on the Altrincham line, who will start to notice a number of improvements to services. The most visible is, of course, the live service information now on display at stops from the city centre through to Brooklands.

“The new operating system is a vast improvement on the older, more inflexible rail-industry signalised system. It gives us much more control and flexibility in how we run tram services and means we can better manage trams for major events – at Old Trafford for example – and respond better to any incidents on the line.

“Over the coming year we look forward to seeing more stops on the Altrincham and Bury lines come online with the new system and even more passengers reaping the benefits.”
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Farewell to iconic Greater Manchester tram
27 May 2014





Hundreds of enthusiasts gathered at Piccadilly Metrolink stop yesterday as Greater Manchester bid farewell to one of its most iconic forms of public transport with a special charity event.

Setting off from the stop, one of the Metrolink system’s original T68 trams made a final journey along the network’s classic route - Piccadilly, Eccles, Bury and Altrincham - before being donated to the Heaton Park Tramway.

Limited edition tickets were printed and sold for the journey, raising over £3,400 for Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) chosen charities - The Christie and Francis House Hospice.

The event marked the fleet’s retirement from service in April 2014 and, to add to the nostalgic appeal, the vehicle was driven by drivers who drove the first trams back in 1992, wearing their original uniforms.

Control Room operators Andrew Coward and John Henderson where also present, selling and signing copies of the 200-page book they’ve co-authored on the history of the T68 tram. All the money raised from sales of this book will go to Bury Hospice.”

TfGM’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing, said: “The event was a huge success and not only provided a fitting send off for a vehicle of cultural and historical significance for Greater Manchester, but also raised well over £3400 for two fantastic causes.

“Each of the original T68 vehicles has amassed around one-and-a-half million miles during their lifetime and played a major role in re-establishing light rail onto the UK’s streets.

“By donating the vehicle to Heaton Park tramway we are ensuring that future generations will be able to appreciate the history of the UK’s largest overground light rail system.”

Keith Whitmore Chairman of Heaton Park Tramway Trust said: “It is very exciting news that we are being presented with one of the original T68 trams, which provided the blueprint for several other cities that have followed Manchester’s lead by introducing tramways onto their streets.

“Over the past two decades, T68s have served the region well, transporting tens of thousands of customers every day, so it’s very fitting that they are donated to the heritage tramway.”

The T68s were constructed by the Italian manufacturer AnsaldoBreda at their factory in Naples, Italy, and first brought into service in 1992. Six modified variants, known as T68As, were introduced to the network seven years later in 1999 for use on the Eccles line.

The event was organised by TfGM and the Metrolink operator, Metrolink RATP Dev Limited (MRDL)
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Public to have their say on Trafford Park Metrolink line
13 June 2014

A major public consultation on proposals to build a new Metrolink line to improve public transport links to Trafford Park is due to take place this summer.

A report to Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Committee gives a progress update on plans for the 5.5km line, which would run from the existing Pomona stop on a largely off-street route through to the Trafford Centre.

Six new stops are planned near to key destinations, including Wharfside for Old Trafford, the Imperial War Museum North, Trafford Park Village, Parkway, EventCity and the Trafford Centre.

Subject to TfGM Committee approval at a meeting next Friday (20 June), a wide-ranging 12-week public consultation will launch on 4 July. Feedback will be used to finalise the scheme ahead of an application to government for a Transport and Works Act Order to construct and operate the new line.

Drop-in events will be held at around a dozen public venues on the route, alongside business events and one-to-one visits.

Peter Cushing, Metrolink Director at Transport for Greater Manchester said: “Taking Metrolink to Trafford Park has long been an investment priority for Greater Manchester and we’re making real inroads towards making that a reality.

“Trafford Park is the largest major employment centre outside the city centre, with employees travelling from across the region. The new Metrolink line would vastly improve sustainable transport links to the area and give more people across Greater Manchester better access to jobs and leisure.

“Feedback from businesses and the wider public will be crucial in helping us to finalise the scheme ahead of applying for government powers later this year.”

The proposed Trafford Park route runs from the Pomona stop along the Manchester Ship Canal, following Trafford Wharf Road and Warren Bruce Road before running through the Village area of Trafford Park.

It then crosses Parkway Circle – where a nearby Park and Ride is proposed – and the Bridgewater Canal before terminating at the Trafford Centre.

The new line would serve more than 1,300 businesses and 35,000 jobs at Trafford Park alone and is expected to encourage further regeneration and economic growth in the areas it passes through, including the emerging new media industry in the Trafford Wharfside area.

It would also allow for an increase in services for cricket and football match days and events at Old Trafford through a new turn back facility at Warren Bruce Road – similar to that serving the Etihad Campus at Velopark.

TfGM has already started discussions with major stakeholders along the route and written to over a thousand businesses in Trafford Park. Work will continue ahead of the consultation to understand businesses’ access and operational needs.

The budget for the project has been estimated at £350 million and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) officials are actively exploring funding opportunities with the government.

The GMCA has already approved an initial £37 million of funding to get the scheme ‘shovel ready’, which included an order for 10 new trams to serve the line at around £2 million a vehicle.

Ordering the vehicles early ensured TfGM secured the best price by maintaining the current supply stream from Bombardier, who is already providing a total of 94 new trams for the Metrolink network.

The new line could be built as early as 2019/20, but this would be subject to the timescales involved with securing both the necessary powers and full funding.

The route design is being future-proofed to allow for a future extension through to Port Salford, should a future business case demonstrate sufficient value for money.
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Business as usual with Metrolink 2CC on track for Manchester Arndale
16 June 2014





It’s business as usual at Manchester Arndale while work to pave the way for Metrolink’s multi-million pound Second City Crossing (2CC) takes place outside the busy shopping centre.

Major utility upgrade works are now under way outside the Exchange Square entrance to the shopping centre, where a brand new stop will also be built.

Manchester Arndale is now helping to publicise the Metrolink transformation works with a huge wall display pointing visitors to the latest developments at www.transformationinformation.co.uk.

David Allinson, Centre Director at Manchester Arndale said: “The Metrolink work is a major development right on our doorstep but we’re pleased it really has been business as usual at the Manchester Arndale.

“We’ve had great support from Metrolink and we’re looking forward to even more people being able to get to the centre easily when the new stop opens at Exchange Square.”

Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, Peter Cushing said: “Building a Metrolink line through the city centre was always going to be a challenge, and I’m confident we’re meeting that challenge.

“We’re carrying out the work as effectively and efficiently as we can in what is a clearly busy and popular area of the city centre and we’re supporting businesses throughout that process.

“My thanks go to Manchester Arndale for being hugely supportive of the project. People will find it even easier to reach the popular shopping centre when a new stop opens in Exchange Square – possibly as early as the end of next year.”

The new 2CC route will begin in Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, before turning down Princess Street and heading along Cross Street and Corporation Street, re-joining the existing Metrolink line just outside Victoria.

2CC will allow Metrolink to run more trams through the city centre, meaning an increase in frequency and more flexible, reliable services as the network grows to treble in size. As part of the project, two new stops will be built in Exchange Square and St Peter’s Square.

The first stage of work – to divert gas pipes and electricity and phone cables buried in the highway away from the footprint of the new tramway – is now advancing along Corporation Street and Cross Street.

Localised road closures and diversions are in place but pedestrian access to businesses is maintained at all times. TfGM is working closely with Manchester City Council to minimise any disruption and ensure the works are integrated with other developments in the city centre.

A range of further exciting Metrolink developments are also currently taking place in the city, including the transformation of the Manchester Victoria and Deansgate-Castlefield stops.

The Manchester Victoria upgrades began in late February and will see the stop completely redesigned and expanded to provide additional platforms and tracks, accommodating the new Second City Crossing and wider network expansion.

Work will be carried out at various sections of the 2CC route until its completion in early 2017. However, subject to ERDF funding, main construction works on the section to Exchange Square could be complete in the second half of 2015.
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319361 has arrived at Allerton TMD
The first 319/3 has transferred up north. The EMU will enter service in December on electric services between Manchester Piccadilly and Liverpool Lime Street. Northern are due to receive 14 319/3s which upon completion of Manchester - Liverpool electrification will operate services via Chat Moss. Here is 319361 hauled by a 57 en route to Allerton today.

57306, 319361 by British Rail 1980s and 1990s, on Flickr
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More on the proposed route to the Trafford Centre...

Next stop the Trafford Centre: Trams could be on track to run to shopping haven from 2019

A tram line to Trafford Park could be in place by 2019 after a major public consultation was given the green light.

Pending funding and the government go-ahead, the £350m 5.5km line would run from the existing Pomona Metrolink stop on a largely off-street route including six new stops.

The planned route goes along the Manchester Ship Canal following Trafford Wharf Road and Warren Bruce Road before running through the Village area of Trafford Park.

It then crosses Parkway Circle – where a nearby Park and Ride is proposed – and the Bridgewater Canal before terminating at the Trafford Centre.

Designs allow for a future extension to Port Salford. The line would boost services for cricket and football match days at Old Trafford with a new turn back facility at Warren Bruce Road.

Serving more than 1,300 businesses and 35,000 jobs at Trafford Park alone, it could boost regeneration and economic growth en route, including the emerging new media industry in the Trafford Wharfside area.

Peter Cushing has said feedback from the community is vital. The 12-week public consultation will launch on July 4.

The GMCA has approved £37m to get it ‘shovel ready’ - and to buy 10 new trams at £2m per vehicle. They are looking to get more government funding.

A tram line to Trafford Park could be in place by 2019 after a major public consultation was given the green light.

Pending funding and the government go-ahead, the £350m 5.5km line would run from the existing Pomona Metrolink stop on a largely off-street route including six new stops.

The planned route goes along the Manchester Ship Canal following Trafford Wharf Road and Warren Bruce Road before running through the Village area of Trafford Park.

It then crosses Parkway Circle – where a nearby Park and Ride is proposed – and the Bridgewater Canal before terminating at the Trafford Centre.

Designs allow for a future extension to Port Salford. The line would boost services for cricket and football match days at Old Trafford with a new turn back facility at Warren Bruce Road.

Serving more than 1,300 businesses and 35,000 jobs at Trafford Park alone, it could boost regeneration and economic growth en route, including the emerging new media industry in the Trafford Wharfside area.

Peter Cushing has said feedback from the community is vital. The 12-week public consultation will launch on July 4.

www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk

FYI The Trafford Centre is one of the largest shopping centres in Great Britain...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafford_Centre
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