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Old December 16th, 2014, 04:30 PM   #641
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Metrolink tram wi-fi rollout confirmed
16 Dec 2014



UK: Following positive passenger feedback from trials on a single Metrolink tram, on December 16 Transport for Greater Manchester confirmed a 񊸷m deal for the roll-out of free wi-fi on all 94 trams, 20 city centre shuttle buses and all new trams entering service within the next two years.

The wi-fi equipment is to be supplied by Icomera, with installation to be completed in spring 2015. The project is backed by TfGM, Manchester and Salford city councils and the government’s Broadband Delivery UK.

TfGM said it would be the first fleet-wide tram wi-fi roll-out in England. ‘We live in a digital age and people want to make the best use of their travelling time. Quick and simple access to digital technology is key to this’, said Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee

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Old December 16th, 2014, 07:54 PM   #642
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Old December 17th, 2014, 11:24 AM   #643
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Some more photographs of the very nicely carried out restoration work (brick work in the first photo) that has that has taken at the new refurbished Altrincham Interchange

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Interior of Altrincham Interchange 7 December 2014


3023 & 3051 Altrincham Interchange 7 December 2014


3051 Altrincham Interchange 7 December 2014


Platform area of Altrincham Interchange 7 December 2014


Totem sign Altrincham Interchange 7 December 2014

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Old December 17th, 2014, 05:12 PM   #644
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New line opens through Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink stop
17 December 2014

Metrolink services are now running through the busy city centre Deansgate-Castlefield stop on a brand new section of line after the new island platform fully opened to passengers today.

It marks a key stage in the transformation of the busy stop, which is being completely renewed as part of a major programme of works to expand the tram network through the city centre.

Trams now run into the city centre and beyond on the new line on the Manchester Central side of the large island platform, meaning that work can start on an overhaul of the old outbound platform.

When the expanded stop is completed, the new additional tram line will give much greater service flexibility by allowing trams to turn back in both directions. Passengers will also benefit from more space and a modern sheltered waiting area on new island platform, which is around seven metres wide.

The existing set of steps will reopen next month at the First Street end of the stop, returning direct access to the bars at this end of the old railway arches. Work is also well under way to install new steps and a lift at the Deansgate-Castlefield end of the stop, where there will be a planted “living” wall

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Old December 17th, 2014, 05:13 PM   #645
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DC update

Altrincham tram pulling into the central platform.


Trams using both platforms.


Distant tram entering the 3rd road. (No idea about the boxing that's appeared around the base of the polls on the platform...)


Trams both ways on the inbound end points. Also, the hand rails are now in on the ramp.


Bit further. Also, the green strips are back in next to the crossings complete with no pedestrian signs.


Outbound entering the points.


And exiting. He waved. He looks like he's dodging a bullet. Gotta love timing.


And finally, tram exiting new inbound and a view of the new hand-rails.


Bonus pic of the fog the other day.
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Old December 17th, 2014, 05:14 PM   #646
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More on Manchester Victoria:

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Yes, me too, Nathan. But I LOVE the new big ones at the new Interchanges such as Rochdale and now Altrincham, showing both train, bus and tram departures. The Airport Bus Station ones are pretty good as well, will they include the trams? And Cornbrook really needs something more elaborate with all those services - if you arrive from Ashton end there's always a good 10 minutes before any information appears about the Airport line.

Sorry to veer off topic. Coming into Vic on a tram from Bury the other day, I tried to get a view of the new station from that perspective. Unfortunately there was too much clutter for these pics to be regarded as a rip-roaring success, but here they are anyway . . .









One of my favourite things about this layout is the centre road giving the illusion of a 'deep cutting' between two platforms (not very obvious here, but the workmen are standing in it), which will allow the tram to open its doors on both sides and create Cross-platform Interchange to the Airport from Bury, Oldham and Ashton directions all at the same time (also Ashton<>East Didsbury/2CC by using the tram itself as a bridge between the two platforms!!) :-







The Soldiers' Gate is open and the Hanging Gardens are gone to Babylon . . .





Looking back from Exchange along the new track near the Football Museum :-





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Old December 19th, 2014, 06:16 PM   #647
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Work continues on the 2CC at St Peters Sq and foundations of the Church (St Peters) have now been unearthed...

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Old December 19th, 2014, 06:47 PM   #648
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What archeologists are looking for?
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Old December 19th, 2014, 06:50 PM   #649
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What archeologists are looking for?
Yes, this Church that once stood on the site:



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Old December 20th, 2014, 11:47 AM   #650
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I had cause to travel through Deansgate Castlefield yesterday morning and took a few photographs of operation through the new layout. Unfortunately unlike Johnny I was not blessed with bright sunshine and therefore present a rather damp and dreary scene.

In the distance decorated 3045 heads away to Piccadilly as 3017 crosses over to the island platform heading to Altrincham.

P1090028 by sghyde, on Flickr

As 3017 departs 3072 approaches along the new track.

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3018 and partner weave their way over to the island platform.

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as 3072 leaves for Ashton

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as 3006 and 3034 arrive.

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A chap with clipboard instructs a work team

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The work team still discuss the job as 3064 weaves its way in.

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I'm afraid I'd had enough by now as it was rather cold and damp to say the least.
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Old December 21st, 2014, 12:37 PM   #651
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Some excellent shots here of the excavation works being carried out on the remaining foundations of St Peters Church (covered earlier in the thread) as work continues on the Metrolink expansion through the Square.

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A few more of the church...
















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Old December 22nd, 2014, 05:27 PM   #652
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Now back up the line to Victoria Station for the latest update...

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Its even more impressive when your there in person, pictures don't do the new roof justice.











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Again on Victoria:

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Looks good. I think the frame on its own is also gorgeous.

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From New Civil Engineer:

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Skanska/Bam Nuttall wins Ordsall Chord rail job
15 October, 2013, by Alexandra Wynne



A Skanska/Bam Nuttall joint venture has won a key Northern Hub railway scheme contract worth around 200M, NCE understands

The joint venture beat off competition from Morgan Sindall/Carillion and Laing O扲ourke. The work is set to include construction of key structures in Manchester city centre.

These include the Ordsall Chord a new viaduct that will for the first time create a link between Victoria and Piccadilly stations - as well as improvements to the railway around Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations.

The contract award is in the standstill period, as set out in European Union procurement rules

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And a Happy Banana Xmas and New Year 2015 from me! :-


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Seasons greetings to all fellow forummers Worldwide from all us here in Manchester, best wishes to you all.
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Old December 25th, 2014, 01:19 PM   #656
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Yes, Merry Christmas!
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Trams plying various lines on 25th Dec, which for us in England is a Bank Holiday, but trams were very busy larer in the day with shoppers heading for the Sales, pictures five and six show a tram arriving on the new track lay out and completely remodelled Island platform at Deansgate- Castlefield.

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Deansgate-Castlefield
Metrolink

I visited Deansgate-Castlefield Metrolink Station on Monday 22nd to get a sense of the Island Platform working:


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PIDs off - I hope they'll be re-used, maybe at Victoria:


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One out, one in:


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3006, with MediaCityUK advertising vinyls, on the Altrincham to Bury:


DSCN0471 by pjm0512, on Flickr

It seemed rather bleak without being fully completed. We'll just have to wait:


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Workmen were taking the wires from underneath the platform, therefore preparing it for demolition:


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And a bad shot of the Equipment Room - I can't believe it's rusty already! :


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Here comes 3001, which I'll board to Altrincham...:


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I hadn't realised TMS had ventured out as far as Sale!:


DSCN0490 by pjm0512, on Flickr

Altrincham Interchange
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In the un-familiar territory that is Altrincham Bus Station, and it looks rather splendid!:


DSCN0484 by pjm0512, on Flickr

Juxtaposition between old and new, however the new definitely compliments the fine brickwork of the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway:


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I'm not too sure about the newer brick they've added - I think it looks too much like a clad-finish:


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From the stairs:


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From the footbridge:

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The poor PID looks depressed as it awaits its grand unveiling:

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'Art' (Quite interesting though):

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This Information Screen is really nice:

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Lots of passengers, with the Clocktower looming over in the background:

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Old December 29th, 2014, 06:44 PM   #659
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Here is a before and after composite of the new Metrolink Deansgate Castlefield stop in the city centre. With a third platform and all new shelters, furniture, finishing and information displays this expansion is needed to handle the growing traffic from the original southern Altrincham Line, the Eccles/Media City lines, and the recently opened South Manchester (Didsbury) line and eventually the new Airport Line (once the under construction second city crossing line is open)

There's also the Trafford Park line too that's likely to start being built in the next 12-18 months that may also travel this far.

There's still a lot to come!

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Victoria Station Work Continues...


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Not long now until late-spring reveal (some are a bit samey, so sorry if this seems OTT. They're from various levels of the MSCP, so give slightly different perspective):















Inside from the cross-platform pedestrian bridge:







From the arena bridge:

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