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Old December 6th, 2014, 05:34 PM   #621
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Official from TfGM:

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£19.5 revamp provides eye-catching gateway to Altrincham
05 December 2014


Trafford Council Leader, Councillor Sean Anstee and Transport for Greater Manchester Committee Chair, Councillor Andrew Fender attend Altrincham interchange

An impressive new gateway will welcome visitors to Altrincham after the opening of the town’s new £19m transport interchange this weekend.

The upgraded interchange will open its doors on Sunday 7 December, providing a fully integrated and accessible transport hub with better facilities and improved safety and security for bus passengers.

The redevelopment was carried out by contractors Laing O’Rourke on behalf of Transport for Greater Manchester and has provided a brand new ticket office and modern concourse as well as improved links between bus, train and tram services and enhanced CCTV and passenger information systems

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Old December 7th, 2014, 10:07 AM   #622
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MMore on Manchester Victoria:

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Here some picture that I took today of work going on at Victoria station.

As Tony mention the new tracks at Victoria now go underneath Cheetham Hill road bridge.







Tracks still end here at Victoria.



I think we probably start seeing tracks down here probably in January time.





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Old December 7th, 2014, 09:18 PM   #623
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New Altrincham Interchange is opened:

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Nice picture of new Altrincham bus interchange Altfish.

I also been to have look at Altrincham new bus interchange and I notice PIDS (or Bus live departures) were all working.



I guess once TMS is up and running to Altrincham it will let people know when next tram is due.

I wonder if Oldham bus station will ever get this departures boards?



Stairs to platform 2/3 haven't opened yet.



Metrolink tram heading off to Manchester.





I notice you have to pay 20p to use toilets which I found bit weird as I sure Rochdale interchange is free to use.



Altrincham interchange is now opened to passengers.







I quite like these TFGM signs that they put up at these new interchange.



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Old December 7th, 2014, 09:57 PM   #624
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This looks really good, a vast improvement on the previous arrangements.
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Old December 8th, 2014, 11:12 AM   #625
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Another stop where extensive works near completion is Deansgate-Castlefield..

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Also been up to Deansgate-Castlefield stop to see work going on there and I notice you can now exit both end of stop mean you can see better view of new inbound line.





PIDS were switch on on platform they isn't in use yet.



New platform it self look nearly finishes so guess they may opened this side by end of year or first week in January.













It look like they connect wires so trams could use new crossover here. (guess they did this in mid of November)





double tram waiting at Deansgate stop.



I never notice this at Piccadilly (near London Road end) which probably been here for while.



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Old December 10th, 2014, 08:56 PM   #626
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Quick photo update of the on-going works at Victoria Station...

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Metrolink East Junction



Overview 09:30 10/12/14

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Old December 10th, 2014, 09:31 PM   #627
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A trip to the office in Altrincham yesterday afternoon gave me a chance to have a look at the reopened bus station part of the redeveloped Interchange.

As Altfish and r02bapurdie both note on the Altrincham thread, there is till much to complete on the station and some details around the bus station but the overall effect looks good.

Starting with a couple of long distance shots from the shopping Centre Car Park.

P1050246 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1050244 by sghyde, on Flickr

Back to ground level.

P1050242 by sghyde, on Flickr

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I like these PIDS signs.

P1050224 by sghyde, on Flickr

Plenty of helpful staff around on Tuesday.

P1050215 by sghyde, on Flickr

Split level at the western end.

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Entrance to the booking hall, I wonder whether it would have helped to use text as well as symbols for the trams?

P1050212 by sghyde, on Flickr

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The main PIDS display at the western end awaiting an input from Metrolink's TMS.

P1050209 by sghyde, on Flickr

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Can anyone tell me what the symbols on the paving at various places represent. I couldn't really make it out.

P1050204 by sghyde, on Flickr

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On the station things are less advanced.

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Moss Lane pedestrian access

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On platform 1 loads of cabling to route through under the footbridge

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Work on the platform 1 lift.

P1050222 by sghyde, on Flickr

Platform 2/3 stairs still not open yet.

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Tidying up where platform 4 stairs used to be

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Canopy restoration to do on platform 4.

P1050235 by sghyde, on Flickr

On platforms 2/3 there is new steelwork on the canopy where the gap over the new stairs needs covering.

P1050240 by sghyde, on Flickr

Finally it was dark on my return so I thought I'd try a few evening shots,taken around 16:20 to 16:30.

P1050247 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1050250 by sghyde, on Flickr

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P1050259 by sghyde, on Flickr

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Sorry if it's a bit too picture heavy for one post.
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Old December 11th, 2014, 07:24 PM   #628
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A great snap shot of regeneration...

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5 years of regeneration in Wythenshawe Street View has Just been updated for us.

Lots of areas now look drastically different


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Old December 11th, 2014, 07:53 PM   #629
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Just to remind everyone, voting for 'British Trams Online Tram of the Year 2014' closes on Saturday 10th January at 10am.

Our very own contenders are:
Tramcar of the Year - Manchester Tram 765, being preserved at the Heaton Park Tramway;
Light Rail Vehicle of the Year - Manchester Metrolink T-68 1007, also at the Heaton Park Tramway;
Tramway of the Year - Manchester Metrolink and the Heaton Park Tramway;
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Event of the Year - Heaton Park Tramway - Manchester 765 100 Not Out
Certainly a good sweep for Manchester, and the Heaton Park Tramway are certainly deserved of all of their nominations!

You can vote at: http://www.britishtramsonline.co.uk/tramofyear.html
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Old December 12th, 2014, 11:18 AM   #630
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Excellent photographic up date of the work being carried out on the Metrolink Stop at Deansgate-Castlefield, (Castlefield being the area the Romans originally settled in Manchester)...

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Went on the island platform at DC to get some more photos tonight.

New inbound is no longer fenced off. It really is a lovely spacious platform this


The PID says "Display under test" but my phone didn't like it in the low light.


The accessible route is a bit temporary looking atm. Concrete with some ironwork sticking up. It's coming back beside the tracks and then out to the road along a (I think) temporary route. You can see the final route continuing beside the tracks at the bottom.

Also makes me wonder how they're going to handle the expansion gap and earthing straps with the planters....

The usable ramp between the fencing is a little on the tight side atm. Wouldn't want to try and get a wheelchair down it...


Bit blurry. GMT card reader (GMTCR? Maybe GMT should be a second order acronym to make it GCR?) on the path side.


Inbound. They took the paved strip up about a week ago. Presumably to fix everything in place permanently after having checked all their measurements. The crossing is back in but the strip is yet to go back.


And the other way. Looks like they're testing the planters on the corner.

Another thought. I wonder how the TMS loops will fit in with the planters...

Back up the ramp.


Something I seemed to have failed to take a photo of. There's a second GCR (Will this catch on?...) in at the opposite end now. It's sort of in the middle of the paved section on the side where there's no steps. Looks a bit strange being in the middle of the paved area but it's sort of on the line from the edge of the crossing to the edge of the steps so does make some sense.
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Old December 12th, 2014, 01:18 PM   #631
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Old December 12th, 2014, 01:42 PM   #632
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How DC will eventually look...

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Deansgate-Castlefield is "my" stop, so I'm really looking forward to the new layout; it looks really high quality.

It's disappointing that they couldn't find a way to put the access ramp at the country end of the platform; disabled passengers are going to have a long journey around, which is probably fine for wheelchair users, but isn't very good for mobility-impaired walkers (Zimmer frames, crutches, etc).

I do see the constraints, though - they'd have to keep the inbound line at platform width from the bidirectional line rather than coming down to a sixfoot, and that would mean blocking the road access to the carpark at the far end (where the lift and staircase down to Beaufort Street are) or having a short stretch shared between tram and car, which would be asking for trouble.

ETA: On second thoughts, I've just had a look at a render of the final design.



If you moved the crossing to be closer to Exhibition Bridge, then there would be room for an access ramp at the country end of the platform before the crossing. Do that and you don't need steps at all, the ramp is the primary access - so you don't need that complicated footpath to access the ramp, you only have one track crossing and the whole design is simpler and more reliable. So why on earth didn't they do that?
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Old December 12th, 2014, 10:34 PM   #633
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Old December 13th, 2014, 01:45 PM   #634
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As mentioned a little while ago major works and Metrolink upgrades are taking place in St Peters Sq....

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Not a great pic, but hopefully it gives a sense of the works currently underway to unearth the foundations of what I assume to be the church. I will try and get a better pic next week.

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Old December 14th, 2014, 10:22 PM   #635
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Well I made an un-scheduled trip to Manchester Victoria today, and therefore didn't have my usual camera (sorry), so an iPhone should suffice.

Lighting looks really nice:

Untitled by pjm0512, on Flickr

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Ticket barriers are covered until their big un-veil:

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Behind that cladding hides a dark secret...

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Nice metal-clad roof under the walkway, and frames for the departure boards are up:

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The ETFE looks good at night, and certainly will when lit-up:

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Looking the other way now, and you can see the frames for the new shelter at the end of the Metrolink platforms are up, along with the PID frames and lampposts:

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Now, rather ironically, my phone lost battery so I had to borrow a friend's!

A new surface for Soldier's Gate:

20141214 Man Vic 5 by pjm0512, on Flickr

What will this unit house, under the mezzanine?:

20141214 Man Vic 4 by pjm0512, on Flickr

It will certainly look fresh when the fence has gone:

20141214 Man Vic 2 by pjm0512, on Flickr

You can just make out the cladding on the mezzanine here is the same as on the substation further away:

20141214 Man Vic 1 by pjm0512, on Flickr

For information on the Manchester Victoria Station redevelopment, please visit: http://www.networkrail.co.uk/Manches...velopment.aspx
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Wow thanks for the interesting photos pjm, can`t wait to see this finished.
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Official from TfGM:

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Metrolink fare freeze
15 December 2014

Greater Manchester’s council leaders and transport bosses have agreed that there will be no fare increase for Metrolink tickets in January 2015.

The fare freeze will remain in place until the end of August next year for customers using paper tickets on trams – and will remain in place until 2016 for customers who start using get me there smart tickets when they become available on Metrolink during 2015.

The decision to freeze fares comes in light of the significant improvement work taking place across the Metrolink network, with major transformation works under way at the Victoria and Deansgate-Castlefield stops and the Second City Crossing (2CC) tramline being built through the city centre

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Another significant step in the redevelopment of the Metrolink...

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Changes at Deansgate-Castlefield stop
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Use of the new island platform from Wednesday 17th December


Subject to final testing, from Wednesday the new island platform and new section of track at the Deansgate-Castlefield stop will fully open.


This means that from Wednesday, all Metrolink services will call at the new island platform only.

Services into the city centre will use the new section of line on the Manchester Central side of the island platform, while outbound services will use the former city-bound line.


Customers are reminded they will not be able to use the current outbound platform for services away from the city centre, which will be closed for refurbishment.
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# Here's a few shots of Deansgate-Castle to-day :-











The 'triple road' extends quite a way to the West :-







It will be nice to see the bananas slinking round into this platform on Weds . . .



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From Place North West:

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Shortlist out for Oxford Road station
15 Dec 2014, 11:05



A joint venture between Capital & Centric and Carillion, alongside Bruntwood, First Step, Valad and Muse, have put forward proposals for the Manchester city centre site.

Network Rail and Manchester City Council appointed DTZ in August to find a developer to bring forward a mixed-use scheme on the land around the train station including the outgoing Cornerhouse cinema.

Site plans and designs will be produced as part of the next stage of the tender process in 2015.

The site has the potential for up to 500,000 sq ft of development including offices, hotel and residential, together with leisure and retail, on the Oxford Road and Whitworth Street West frontages

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£6.5 million office block planned next to new Bolton transport interchange
Friday 12 December 2014







PLANS have been submitted for a £6.5 million office development at the new rail and bus interchange in Bolton town centre.

The planning application for the 30,000 sq ft Grade A office building from PSP — Public Sector Plc — has been handed in to the Bolton Council.

The proposed five-storey building will sit at the junction of Great Moor Street and Newport Street, if consent is given.

Work is continuing on the £48 million interchange which will replace the existing bus station in Moor Lane.

It will connect the existing bus station in Moor Lane and the train station by a skylink footbridge

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