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Old February 12th, 2015, 03:19 PM   #781
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108022/LO/2015/C1 | LISTED BUILDING CONSENT for proposed refurbishment works to the interior of the station and alterations to the subway arch lining at Deansgate station. | Deansgate Railway Station Deansgate Manchester M3 4LG
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Proposed Works and Assessment of Proposal

Network Rail intends to carry out a number of refurbishment works around the station and alterations to the subway arch lining at Deansgate. The proposed scheme of works includes:

1. The existing timber painted handrails, located on both the left and right hand sides, to staircases 1-3

to be replaced with new nylon coated double handrails

2. Vinyl flooring to be replaced with new vinyl flooring to match existing

3. Staircases 1-3 to have existing staircase finishes replaced with new non slip treads and risers

4. The lighting scheme throughout the station, including the platforms, to be upgraded and replaced with LED lighting to bring the station up to recommended standards.

5. Internal repairs and refurbishment, where necessary (prior approval not required)

- Windows and doors to be repaired, made good and redecorated to match existing. Door
furniture and signage to be replaced and window glazing to be protected and retained

- Glazed brickwork to be cleaned using an appropriate wall cleaning system

- Existing painted brickwork and plaster, skirtings, cornices, ceilings, entrance features,
beams and trusses, and associated painted joinery features and items to be redecorated to match existing.

- Quarry tiles, concrete pavers and blister tiles to be repaired and cleaned

- Central handrails on staircases 1-3 to be repaired and redecorated

In addition, an assessment of the subway arch lining highlighted the presence of water ingress within fractures of the white wash render to the soffit of the arch barrel suggesting that the waterproofing is ineffective or has failed. There was also evidence of historic water staining to the brick work, as well as to the subway walls and existing cladding. The proposal intends to renew the existing waterproofing and rainwater
goods, in order to remove the damaging water egress that the structure is currently experiencing.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 03:20 PM   #782
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Old February 12th, 2015, 06:06 PM   #783
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Market Street stop to get a face-lift

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Market Street Metrolink stop next in line for upgrade

Work to modernise the city centre Market Street Metrolink stop will start tomorrow.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is carrying out work over the coming months to offer a greatly improved shelter and stop appearance whilst making it easier for passengers to move around the busy stop.

The first phase of work has been scheduled to take place while the Market Street stop is closed next week during service changes in the lead up to the new Manchester Victoria stop opening.

The three older bus-style shelters will be removed and replaced later this spring by a longer single shelter spanning the length of the platform. A greatly improved yorkstone paving finish will also give Market Street a similar look to the new Deansgate-Castlefield stop.

Peter Cushing, Transport for Greater Manchester’s Metrolink Director, said: “Market Street is one of the busiest stops on the tram network and is the next in line for a new-look.

“As there’s no room to expand it, we are keen to make sure the platform is as streamlined and easy to move around as possible while still offering shelter from the elements.

“We’re taking advantage of the service changes while the Victoria stop reopens to make a start on this work and lessen the impact on our customers.

“I’d like to thank customers for bearing with us while we make these improvements to their stop.”

The Market Street Metrolink stop will close for the first phase of works from 8pm Friday 13 February and reopen on Saturday 21 February. More information on services is available at www.metrolink.co.uk or by calling 0161 205 2000.

Work to complete the Market Street stop will take place during spring 2015.

The next stage of city centre tram stop improvement work follows this summer, when work begins on a new four platform stop at St Peter’s Square.

All the city centre stop improvement works are part of the wider Metrolink Second City Crossing expansion programme (2CC) which will allow more flexible, frequent and reliable tram services to run through the city.

For more information visit www.transformationinformation.co.uk or contact the Future Metrolink team by calling 0161 244 1555 (during office hours) or emailing [email protected].
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Old February 12th, 2015, 07:42 PM   #784
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Good as its so busy all the time, needs really rethinking...I don`t think they (metrolink) had any idea when the stop was first designed how incredibly busy over the years it would become.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 08:01 PM   #785
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By chance, I came across this article about new Metrolink TMS system provided by Thales, where I read that, contrary to what I thought, TfGM aim to extend line of sight driving to the whole network, getting rid of the old signalling system even in those sections where there aren't throughput issues. In the end, this might be the best choice: at the expense of a little speed loss (in some places trams had to be slowed down), they'll avoid to have to deal with two different system and gain flexibility whenever something not ordinary occurs.
I also discover they're using a physical token on the temporary single track section trough Victoria Station (I think they'll do it at St. Peter Sq. as well): it's remarkable how an ancient safety system, now almost fallen into disuse - AFAIK, the only tram network where this relic of the past survive in daily standard service is Tosaden (Tosa Electric Railway) in Kōchi, Japan - could proves itself useful even in this time and age.
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Old February 12th, 2015, 08:32 PM   #786
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Major Victoria Update...re-opening of Metrolink not far off...

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Here some picture that I took today while pasting through Victoria station.

As I mention on Saturday (7th) everything look complete now near to Cheetham Hill road bridge.







I notice they were doing something to tracks near to new platform.









As Metro-man confirm on Main Metrolink thread yesterday that Smart Card reader are also on platform too.



Nice to see them going on with tracks toward Corporation St.











Tracks waiting to be put down.





Work started to progress on Balloon St.



Couple of picture near St Peter Square of work going on for 2CC line. (I think)







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Old February 12th, 2015, 11:53 PM   #787
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New Platform at DCF looking good...

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A few shots from Deansgate Castlefield today. It seems that a whole lot of the platform surfacing was laid last weekend or perhaps the sections were craned in already surfaced to save time.

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Whilst I was there a tram jam formed outbound as the inspectors struggled with a fare evader who refused to get off this Altrincham set.

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Three more waiting to enter the platform.

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Nice set of picture Freel Here are picture that I took today at Deansgate stop.

As Freel show us the new platform is going on well now.









Signals waiting to be use at Deansgate.





While I taking that picture 3009+3038 was coming into Deansgate stop.







Looking at footbridge which should look a lot better once is reopened.



I guess Deansgate stop will be finishes before Summer 2015?



Couple of trams picture at Deansgate.





In near future we probably see three trams waiting at St Peter Square stop.



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Old February 13th, 2015, 04:04 PM   #788
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Update on Deansgate station:

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As of this morning on my way into work, there is scaffolding going up across Whitworth Street under the Exhibition Bridge - presumably ready to start work on the bridge.

Since the bridge closed, I don't go anywhere to look down into the compound at the G-MEX end to see what is going on in there, but there are neither stairs nor liftshaft visible above the compound boundaries.
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Old February 13th, 2015, 04:06 PM   #789
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At St. Peter's Square:

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Track foundations have arrived at St Peter's Square
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More on new platform at Airport station:

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I decided to have a look at the new station platform layout today.
Although it looks as though the major work is finished the OLE is still earthed and there is still work ongoing.

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Cheers dimlys, you beat me to posting it on here!
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Old February 13th, 2015, 09:02 PM   #792
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My latest set of photos from a visit to Victoria yesterday.

These will probably be the last shots I take of single line working.

P1090818 by sghyde, on Flickr

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On Balloon Street a further short length of the outbound line has been added and they were assembling a set of insulated fishplates. These are to allow the track to be divided electrically should it ever become necessary to carry out stray current monitoring. They are provided at strategic locations where different routes diverge.

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There were plenty of people up on the roof installing the blue netting. I imagine this is so they can continue working over the platforms once they open next week.

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The area where Metrolink platform A used to be now has reinforcement laid ready for a concrete pour.

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On the track front plenty of activity at Long Millgate and under the roof on the junctions.

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From the mezzanine footbridge it looks as though only the 1CC inbound pointwork is now needed. Every time I try to get these shots they seem to have had a go at taping the plastic sheeting up even tighter. There was a team working around the 1CC/2CC diamond crossing today.

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At the north end Thales were installing one of the point machines on the middle line.

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Finally they were working on the new staircase connecting to the existing main footbridge.

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One or two photos from a walk over the first section of 2CC yesterday afternoon following a trip down to the Airport and Deansgate Castlefield.

As was shown a few days ago part of the inbound line from Withy Grove to Long Millgate is now surfaced presumably ready to transfer road traffic over to this side to allow the outbound line to be started. Today they were attending to the drain covers and side gulleys.

P1090859 by sghyde, on Flickr

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Further along in Exchange Square the first stage of the inbound track slab has been cast in the area where I believe the platform will be.

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Here we see a section of the fibre reinforced concrete where TMS loops will be located.

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Excavation continues further along Corporation Street near the link bridge.

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Another set of photos, this time from the newest line.

A visit to Manchester Airport Station gave an opportunity to take a few shots along part of the Metrolink Line.

The first 4 shots taken at the Airport Station..

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Approaching Robinswood Road inbound

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Having just crossed Simonsway at Wythenshawe Centre.

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Alongside Simonsway

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The new Transport Interchange at Wythenshawe Town Centre.

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Poundswick Lane

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So when new bus station will be opened in Wythenshawe?
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So when new bus station will be opened in Wythenshawe?
There has been a discussion about this on the Metrolink thread but no-one seems to know for sure yet. This from richardio 123 seems to be the best info http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...ostcount=36553
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The yellow brick is a lovely addition - now there's no need to keep the concrete clean! I don't think it'll carry on to the end of the roof, however these lovely surprises that you can't make out from the render make you understand how lovely Victoria will look when finished!

Thanks a lot Steve and Andrew for your photos - it is much appreciated for those of us that can't get out at the moment, in my case due to coursework.
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Related to new Ellenbrook - Leigh busway:

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After carrying out the agreed route review through Tyldesley they've concluded the original route is the only viable option but have done some minor alterations to landscaping plan to preserve the open space and released updated renders.





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One more pic on Victoria:

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Victoria Station clear in the Manchester gloom.

NPAS.

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The yellow brick is a lovely addition - now there's no need to keep the concrete clean! I don't think it'll carry on to the end of the roof, however these lovely surprises that you can't make out from the render make you understand how lovely Victoria will look when finished!

Thanks a lot Steve and Andrew for your photos - it is much appreciated for those of us that can't get out at the moment, in my case due to coursework.
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