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Old June 11th, 2015, 09:21 PM   #1101
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Metrolink revenues and passenger numbers leap...

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MANCHESTER'S expanded Metrolink tram system, has delivered a surge in revenues and passenger numbers.
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The Department for Transport said the 6.6% growth in passenger journeys to 31.2 million in the year to March 31, was the among the biggest annual rise of any system nationwide
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MANCHESTER'S expanded Metrolink tram system, has delivered a surge in revenues and passenger numbers.

The Department for Transport said the 6.6% growth in passenger journeys to 31.2 million in the year to March 31, was the among the biggest annual rise of any system nationwide.

By passenger numbers, Metrolink is the second best used network outside London - the most popular being the Tyne and Wear Metro system which was used by 38.1million people during the year.

Significantly though, despite carrying around seven million fewer passengers, Metrolink generated revenues of £56.8m, (up 7.8%), while the North East system generated £47.9m.

Metrolink's growth was driven by the new connections to destinations such as Oldham, Manchester Airport and Chorlton in the period. Work is currently under way on the Second City Crossing, which aims to
will increase the capacity, flexibility and reliability of the network.

There also plans to expand the network further to the Trafford Centre and Port Salford, though funding has yet be agreed for this.

Transport minister Andrew Jones said: "Good local transport makes it easier for people to get to work and see their family and friends. The fact that passenger numbers on tram and light rail are at record levels shows our investment has been worthwhile.

"The improvements we are making to these services are part of our long term economic plan to create a transport system people can rely on, which has the added benefit of creating jobs, growth and opportunity."

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Old June 12th, 2015, 03:50 PM   #1103
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Market St upgrade continues...

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Here you go...

Market Street has got the first few uprights for the shelter I see.

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Old June 12th, 2015, 09:11 PM   #1104
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More from Deansgate:

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A few pictures this morning...

Cladding going on Drivers Room


Soil starting to arrive for the 'green' station


And a few of the new steps that went in yesterday




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Another section of the steps were being craned in at around 16:00 this evening



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Old June 12th, 2015, 09:15 PM   #1105
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More from St. Peter's Square:

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A quick few shots from St peters Square and Lower Mosley Street this morning.

More rails on site along the outbound alignment now.

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Lower Mosley Street

P1120457 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120458 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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I also noticed that they had started laying out the first sections of reinforcement steel in the compound at the Cenotaph end of the Square.
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I'm fairly sure that I've seen a plan of St Peter's Square which has, in addition to lines shown on this plan, a trailing cross-over enabling inbound cars to reverse onto the outbound line (presumably for emergency use). Could anybody confirm this or am I mistaken?
Yes Philip49 the plan you posted is lacking a connection between 1CC inbound and 2CC outbound at the Oxford Street end of the stop.

This is the layout as designed.

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Old June 13th, 2015, 12:27 AM   #1106
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A visit to Deansgate Castlefield this morning to have a look at the stair section lifted in yesterday.

P1120466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I see that the steps all have their granite paving already installed. Only the landings are unpaved at present and this is because the lifting points were attached there. Apparently according to one of the guys from the fabricator the sections have the glass installed already because it would be very difficult to scaffold it after installation to allow the glass to be installed on site.

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P1120471 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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A few more canopy spars have been installed on the shelter.

P1120488 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beetham Tower from the bridge

P1120493 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Then look what turned up!

P1120499 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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P1120509 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120511 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The job wasn't proceeding very fast so a few train shots were taken to pass some time.

P1120515 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120517 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The crane is made ready

P1120516 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But they only lift the lamp post that will be placed at the top of the stairs.

P1120530 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120536 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Safely in place

P1120544 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Whilst waiting for the next lift I took these of the first glass panel installed.

P1120522 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still not sure what it will finally say.

P1120533 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is when I thought we would see the next stair section in place, but no it was simply taken off the wagon and laid to one side.

P1120549 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120553 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

whilst the second piece was unloaded

P1120558 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and then one trailer was placed on the one that delivered them.

P1120562 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Even the canal boats were moving faster!

P1120555 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Unfortunately I had to leave at this stage. Hopefully someone may have caught the lifting in of these sections.

As we already know Altfish did just that. Thanks Altfish.
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Meanwhile over at Victoria...

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Today (12th June 2015)....













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Old June 13th, 2015, 03:07 PM   #1108
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3100 has arrived seen here waiting to cross into Queens Road Depot
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Tiltin the wheels to get into the depot
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Old June 14th, 2015, 01:39 PM   #1109
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Paul`s update...

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From Rail Journal:

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Manchester receives 100th M5000 LRV
Monday, June 15, 2015



TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TFGM) celebrated a milestone in the delivery of its fleet of M5000 LRVs on June 15 when the 100th vehicle was unloaded at Metrolink's Queens's Road depot

The M5000s are being supplied by a consortium of Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe, with assembly being carried out at Bombardier's plant in Vienna.

The first M5000 entered service on the Piccadilly – Eccles line in December 2009 and the fleet has grown steadily to support the expansion of the Metrolink network and enable the replacement of the AnsaldoBreda T-68 trams, the final examples of which were withdrawn last year

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Victoria coming together...

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12th June 2015









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Old June 17th, 2015, 05:58 PM   #1112
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North West Electrification pushes ahead...

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Network Rail image of Farnworth Tunnel


Are the holes round the new arch profile for compensatory grouting?
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Old June 18th, 2015, 12:33 PM   #1113
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"Baker plans to sell fresh bread at Manchester Victoria station if he can raise enough funds through crowdfunding"
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A baker is planning to sell freshly baked bread at Manchester Victoria station if he can raise enough funds through ‘bread loans’.

Russell Goodwin, founder of Companio Bakery, has ambitions to bake artisan sourdough breads at his base in Ancoats and sell them to passengers using Manchester Victoria station during afternoon rush hour.

He has already raised £3,945 towards funding the business through an online crowdfunding campaign.

The money has gone towards purchasing a special bike, which will enable him to transport his baked goods to the station as well as kit out his kitchen with baking equipment.

But the campaign did not raise the full £10,000 needed to get the business fully up and running, with Mr Goodwin planning to raise the rest of the cash through ‘bread loans’.

Russell Goodwin outside the bakeryRussell Goodwin outside the bakery
The loans work with investors paying a sum of money for up to two years and they will receive their interest through deliveries of bread or cakes.Mr Goodwin, 49, said: “Historically there must have been 10-20 bakeries in Manchester we might not get back to that level again but there is space for a few more in the community.”

Mr Goodwin currently sells his fresh bread at Salford Central train station from 4pm to 6pm and on Wednesdays at Cotton Cafe in Ancoats.

He added: “I want to provide Manchester with high quality, slow-fermented, healthy and nutritious sourdough breads as well as tasty Savoury Danish and delicious patisserie - all made by hand using traditional methods and natural ingredients.

“It’s an innovative business model where I bake during the day and take products to train stations in central Manchester in the afternoon.

“The idea is to sell to people on their way home, at their convenience and at a time of day that suits them - perfect for supper or ideal for breakfast.
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JDR`s Update...

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The increasing amount of green tiling at D-C responds well to the wet weather :-







The 'living track' also gets a freshening up :-







I wish a lot more stations would get this treatment - I think it goes rather well with the pale yellow . . .



Whilst away for a few days I couldn't understand why people were expressing such enthusiasm about a staircase - till I saw the photos on here and realised it is quite a stupendous artefact! :-



Market Street now has transverse ticket machines :-





And sorry to include off-thread holiday snaps, but just back from a wild weekend by the seaside . . . !











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Old June 18th, 2015, 09:34 PM   #1115
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I had a bit of a mooch about this afternoon and took some shots along the 2CC construction on Corporation Street/Exchange Square and over at St Peters Square/Lower Mosley Street.

Between Withy Grove and the old Urbis Building (sorry but I can't bring myself to refer to it as the Football Museum ), preparing for surfacing now along Corporation Street.

P1060554 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060553 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060557 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060551 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track is now almost complete right across Withy Grove.

P1060559 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Jet washing the concrete rail surround on the Exchange Square side of Withy Grove.

P1060550 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking through the stop site.

P1060547 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060548 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Two things struck me in this shot. Firstly there is now some form of excavation at the bottom of the steps into the Arndale and secondly the surface finish to the track is a different colour here.

P1060545 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Now over to St Peters Square.

What I believe to be the first section of the 2CC inbound track slab.

P1060566 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The timber covers the reinforcement steel.

P1060569 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over on the other side of the Square the 1CC outbound track is coming on nicely now. No doubt because this is to be the single line.

P1060571 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060572 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060574 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Working on the points.

P1060577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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The track now crosses Oxford Street completely.

P1060580 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060589 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Linking into Lower Mosley Street.

P1060585 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Where again they seem to be using a coloured concrete.

P1060591 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and as Andrew has pointed out road surfacing is now taking place.

P1060592 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old June 18th, 2015, 09:57 PM   #1116
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Deansgate Castlefield this afternoon.

Working on the new staircase.

P1060606 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060608 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Am I right in thinking that there will be a link onto the boardwalk in front of the bars from this landing.

P1060633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060634 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Presumably the formwork for the landing foundation at the top of the stairs.

P1060632 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and just behind all that temporary steelwork you can just see similar at the bottom as well.

P1060636 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

We have trees and sedum track now as others have spotted.

P1060639 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060643 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060644 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060647 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060651 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

New fence panels going in along the top of the vehicle approach ramp.

P1060652 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060653 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The glass is on site for the outbound shelter

P1060624 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and some panels are in place.

P1060623 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Most of the steel frame is now up with just a few roof spars missing.

P1060641 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally the Rest Room is turning a rusty brown.

P1060664 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A few from Market Street this afternoon.

We now have something starting to look like a shelter.

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At least on one side.

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DC is going to look amazing when finished...looking forward to seeing this job completed.
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Rochdale Station entrance opened up nearly.
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NW Electrification...

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It looks like the TBM will bore a circular tunnel to be lined by pre-cast concrete segments - much like Crossrail's seen above, I assume that this is dictated by the prevailing ground conditions.
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