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Old May 27th, 2015, 05:50 PM   #1061
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St Peters Sq
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Old May 27th, 2015, 06:04 PM   #1062
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Old May 27th, 2015, 06:08 PM   #1063
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Old May 27th, 2015, 06:12 PM   #1064
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A few general tram piccies
3097 Northern Moor on a short working to Wythenshawe to plug a gap in service
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About to cross Sale Road after crossing the M60
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Old May 28th, 2015, 11:49 AM   #1065
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Deansgate Castlefield update

I think these testers are new:



The exo-skeleton of the footbridge looks amazingly ahead of its time in this newly renovated state:

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The drivers' cabin:



Shelter supports have been re-installed:





Closer view:







I love the tiled piazza feel of the walkway:





Re-bar for the steps:





The ramp also has supports for the handrail:



The shelters will look very good once they're both installed:



Ticket machines were being installed:



Not much different from j616s' update, but you can never have too many photos, right?
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Old May 28th, 2015, 01:53 PM   #1066
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"Find out more about St Peter’s Square tram stop transformation at city centre drop-ins"...

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Metrolink customers will be able to find out more about this summer’s work to transform the St Peter’s Square stop at a series of drop-in sessions in the city centre.

Staff from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) will be available to answer any questions about the work – to build a completely new stop as part of the Second City Crossing – and how it will affect Metrolink services.


The drop-ins take place on the following dates:


Manchester Library (10am-4pm)

Friday 29 May, Monday 8 June, Wednesday 10 June

Manchester Arndale (10am-4pm)

Wednesday 3 June and Saturday 6 June.

The first phase of major transformation work is due to start at the St Peter’s stop at the end of June.

This will see the stop close from Sunday 28 June, with no tram services running through it until the end of August.


Find out more about Metrolink services during this period here.


The new St Peter’s Square stop will have two new island style platforms and two sets of track in each direction, allowing more services to run through it on the existing lines and the new Second City Crossing. More information is available at;-
http://www.metrolink.co.uk/pages/news.aspx?newsID=174
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Old May 28th, 2015, 10:59 PM   #1067
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I have been detained on family matters recently and so my attempts to record the building of the guided busway have been somewhat sporadic – however today I made it back there and boy is there a difference. Whereas before, during the inter-regnum between clearing the route, of self-sown trees and blocked up drains. and building commencing, I had reasonably free range along the route – this is now a fully operational site and I am back to poking my small Olympus through the mesh of site fencing panels.Here are my starting shots before rain stopped play

Tyldesley Looking West at Hough Lane

April 2013 Hough Lane Bridge

April 2013 view west of Hough Lane


May 2015 Hough Lane Bridge has been replaced by a ramp.
Looking East from Hough Lane

April 2013

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Mosely Common Road

April 2013 looking west towards Hough Lane

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Old May 28th, 2015, 11:45 PM   #1068
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EXTRODINARY new renders reveal the design for Exchange Square Metrolink Station
The scope of the new station, built as part of the Second City Crossing (2CC), is revealed in newly released renders.

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New artist’s impressions now online reveal what the brand new city centre Metrolink stop at Exchange Square will look like when it opens this winter 2015/16.

Foundations for the new stop are being laid on Corporation Street outside the Manchester Arndale, as part of Metrolink’s transformational Second City Crossing.

Construction work on the stop will start this summer after Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Manchester City Council agreed a final design that makes the most of limited space in Exchange Square while keeping plenty of room for pedestrians.

Architects Simpson Haugh and Partners’ innovative ‘island-style’ platform design will feature a brightly coloured steel and glass shelter with four ‘floating’ overlapping glazed roof panels. The pavilion style will make sure that the stop is visible in long views across Corporation Street.

On stop ‘furniture’ such as information displays and seating will be integrated into polished concrete columns to give the stop a clean, uncluttered design.

Work started last year to lay new Second City Crossing tracks on the section of the new line between Manchester Victoria and Exchange Square, which is being fast-tracked thanks to a major European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grant.

Trams could be running between Victoria and the brand new stop in Exchange Square as soon as winter 2015/16 – allowing Metrolink to run more trams between Shaw and Crompton and the city, ahead of the whole Second City Crossing being completed in 2017.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee, said: “We’re seeing real progress with the Second City Crossing with track works well advanced along Corporation Street and work due to start this summer on brand new stops for St Peter’s Square and Exchange Square.

“The ultramodern designs for the new Exchange Square stop are impressive and it will be a great addition to a lively area of the city, making it even easier to visit the great range of shops, cultural and leisure destinations in the area.

“The Second City Crossing also promises to improve travel both across the city and further afield, with more trams connecting more people with jobs.”

Councillor Kate Chappell, Manchester City Council's executive member for the environment, said: “The new stop will not only look fantastic, it's been designed with the tram user in mind, providing the best possible experience for the tens of thousands of visitors who will use it to get to the heart of the city centre’s shopping area.

“The stop will also form part of the Second City Crossing, making it easier for people to travel across Manchester and access a huge range of jobs.”

The Second City Crossing will run begin on Lower Mosley Street and run through St Peter’s Square, down Princess Street, along Cross Street and Corporation Street and into Manchester Victoria station.

As part of the Second City Crossing project work to transform the Deansgate-Castlefield stop is nearing completion, and work starts next month at the St Peter’s Square stop which is being relocated and expanded from two platforms to four.

The Second City Crossing is part of a co-ordinated three-year programme of works, known collectively as Grow, which will enable Manchester city centre to flourish for years to come.

Between now and 2017, the city centre will see more than £1bn of investment in projects to lay the foundations for continuing success by ‘future proofing’ the city’s transport infrastructure. Also under the Grow umbrella are a series of major regeneration projects. Together they add up to a wave of investment unprecedented since the mid-1990s.

For information and regular updates on the transformational 2CC programme, visit

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Love the look of the new stop above.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 08:01 PM   #1070
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More on Deansgate-Castlafield stop upgrade:

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Today at DC - shelter roof progress








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Quick DC Update.

Things really are changing day-by-day.

View of the new ribs from below...


...and above including the first section of the new fencing by the ramp


This spikey ball has appeared by the First Street steps. I think it's connected by a wire to a peli-case chained to the re-bar below. Maybe it's measuring static cause by sparking OHLE?


Hand-rails now in on the steps at this end too


Cabling was also being run for the shelter. Couldn't get a pic though as my tram had arrived.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 08:03 PM   #1071
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I'm assuming that's from a helicopter, dimlys1994? There's no building that tall to take that from.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 08:38 PM   #1073
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I'm assuming that's from a helicopter, dimlys1994? There's no building that tall to take that from.
I guess so too
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Old May 30th, 2015, 12:02 AM   #1074
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Good Find JdR. A good way to reutilise part of the underused "Parliamentary" line between Stockport and Stalybridge. It is possible to run services from Stockport to Manchester Victoria Via Ashton Moss Junction using the "Parliamentary" line.

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We'd just need an interchange station at Ashton Moss to serve both this line and Metrolink. Good possibilities Ashton - Stockport and beyond.
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Old May 30th, 2015, 07:01 PM   #1075
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An update from JDR...

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Here's a few pix of the new signage totem - lookin' good from a passing tram . . .









The Soldier's Gate will also look good in the fullness of time :-



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Old May 30th, 2015, 10:59 PM   #1076
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I hope that pipe will be re-routed when all this work is finished? It's starting to look permanent, surely not?

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Old May 31st, 2015, 11:25 PM   #1077
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More on Deansgate Castlefield...

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Access to Deansgate Castlefield stop has been closed off this weekend, so it has been difficult to see what construction work has been going on. As I walked past today, part of the lift shaft was being put in place.
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I couldn't see any other changes to the new platform or shelter from the street. Any other developments will have to be a surprise for Monday. When I continued my walk along Lower Mosley Street, workers were making new fittings on the hotel for the 2CC over head line.
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Taken at varioius points between 20th May and Friday 29th May. Bloody Flickr and those panels of wood on the footbridge are really irritating...

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Platforms pretty much gone at Farnworth and Moses Gate now.

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