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Old June 26th, 2015, 10:00 PM   #1141
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Deansgate Castlefield today

The lift shaft and stair frame is steadily gaining cladding.

P1120967 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the bridge almost all of the barriers have now gone giving a good open view.

P1120965 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The rust is taking hold on the rest room, I still don't like this treatment I'm afraid.

P1120964 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The walkway over the inbound line was closed today as there was work in progress along it.

P1120957 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120958 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More shrubbery and trees along the walkway

P1120961 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Additional sedum trays await installation, I didn't walk up towards the site compound to try to find the plastic ones jaga mentioned.

P1120960 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not much visible change on the new stairs

P1120953 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

other than a few tactile tiles on the top landing

P1120954 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old June 27th, 2015, 01:26 PM   #1142
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The bridge is starting to look really good, makes quite a statement.
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Old June 27th, 2015, 07:28 PM   #1143
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100 Manchester Metrolink M5000 tram came into service today and I was lucky to catch it from St Peter Square stop.



Even had that new tram smell.





Ticket machines at St Peter Square now have new Metrolink map which will come into use from Monday (29th) until late August 2015.





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Old June 27th, 2015, 07:33 PM   #1144
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New single line at St Peter Square is coming on quite well, will single line started operation early then they said it will?







Today is last time passengers can catch tram from St Peter Square stop for 14 months and here as some trams picture in St Peter Square area.






Look complete different when it reopens in September 2016.



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Old June 27th, 2015, 07:36 PM   #1145
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Here is update for 2CC line from Manchester Victoria to Exchange Square stop, sorry if picture look same as Freel upload yesterday.

As Pjm mention last weekend new signage now have platform C/D on it, the signage for platform A/B is still blank.



Outside Victoria station and look like they push fences in. (unless it also been like that?




Couple of picture of line running on Corporation St.




I notice tracks slab down near to Withy Grove and Corporation St junction so look like more tracks will be down here soon.




I notice the opened path near to Next store now so you get some picture of new Exchange Square stop there now.



Other end of Exchange Square stop.



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Old June 27th, 2015, 10:52 PM   #1146
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I don't get it - are workers deliberately left this portion untouched to show station's history? I mean where old roof was
The brickwork is of two different tones partly due to weathering. The black lining is meant to outline the profile of the old roof and is actually made up of LED light blocks.
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Old June 27th, 2015, 11:42 PM   #1147
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A Mile Stone Moment...

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100 Manchester Metrolink M5000 tram came into service today and I was lucky to catch it from St Peter Square stop.



Even had that new tram smell.





Ticket machines at St Peter Square now have new Metrolink map which will come into use from Monday (29th) until late August 2015.





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Old June 28th, 2015, 01:03 AM   #1148
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3100 at Piccadilly Undercroft
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Old June 28th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #1149
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Just spotted this double stationary on the cornbrook end of the metal part of the viaduct. The blinds say "Tram on Test".
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Old June 29th, 2015, 10:40 PM   #1150
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That must be one of the best views of Manchester I have ever seen .....Fantastic!
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Old June 30th, 2015, 10:35 AM   #1151
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And so it begins major works at SPS...

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St Peters' Update

I'm unsure if I'll make these a regular thing but I'll be cross-posting them on the metrolink thread if I do.

So MPT really haven't been hanging around.

First off we have plastic barriers and metal fences in place to stop trams taking an off-rail trip at the bottom of the GMEX viaduct.


The OHLs are terminated on a temporary pole at the bottom


Where excavators are already breaking up the track. I presume this is where the points will go for the single line working. A reasonable sized section has been marked out with spray-paint on the ground for breaking.


I wish I'd got a better picture of this section but this is where a OHLE pole was in the middle of the new track alignment. This has now been removed.


....along with pretty much all other OHLE poles in the area


Though a small number remain for now


Most of the poles have gone from the old platform area and there's a large pile of cable on the ground atm. The TVMs have gone from the platforms but the PIDs are still up.


A view of the new track which will likely be the single line


The compound has now been enlarged to cover the entire metrolink site


I'm guessing this section with thick curtains will be where the points will go for the single line at the city end


And this signage has gone up with directions/walking times to other stops
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Old June 30th, 2015, 07:58 PM   #1152
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"Oyster Card-style ticket machines arriving on Greater Manchester buses"...

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The aim is that passengers will eventually be able to use one card for every tram, train and bus journey

Transport chiefs are to spend £1m installing ‘smart-ticket’ machines on up to 1,000 buses - which will make it easier for passengers who also use trams and trains.

Companies are being asked by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to bid for a contract to fit the card-based machines in vehicles owned by around 30 small-to-medium sized bus operators.

Up to 1,000 electronic ticket machines could be installed as part of the five-year £1m contract.

TfGM bosses want smaller operators equipped for a ticketing system, which will work across various modes of public tansport.

Passengers will be able to use their over 60s and concessionary passes on any service. There are also plans to eventually accept the new Get Me There card - Greater Manchester’s version of London’s Oyster Card - and operators’ own cards.

READ: Transport chiefs spend £5.7m on consultants for Greater Manchester 'Oyster Card' project
Larger operators will also make use of the technology. The aim is that passengers will eventually be able to use one card for every tram, train and bus journey.

Smart ticket systems allowing tram passengers to scan themselves on and off the Metrolink system are being rolled out to more travellers across Greater Manchester.

The Get Me There system is now available to more than half-a-million people after a trial run of 3,500 users began testing it last year.

Passengers can touch in and out using their travel cards on special readers at the start and end of their tram journeys, instead of carrying cash or buying tickets on the go.

TfGM plans to open up the system up to all paying customers on Metrolink in stages this summer before it is eventually rolled out across the region’s buses and trains.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 07:06 PM   #1153
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SPS now the works really begin...

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Old July 1st, 2015, 09:43 PM   #1154
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My own contribution to the Mosley Street through St Peters Square worksite today.

The provision of noise reduction screening so far up Mosley Street seems to indicate a fair bit of alteration to the track slab or at least quite a bit of noisy work.

P1120974 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120976 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Indeed much of the highway has been cut into small sections now as far up as Nicholas Street.

P1120976 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120978 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think that the single line points are likely to be somewhere between the 2 new poles on the right.

P1120975 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A large section of the whole foundation between the old stop and Princess Street has gone now.

P1120981 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120984 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As reported above work on stripping the old platforms is well underway. Glad to see it looks like the stone slabs are being recycled.

P1120988 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120989 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new 1CC outbound/ single line

P1120991 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120993 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1120994 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It all looks strange with no OLE.

P1120997 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now the OLE poles have gone the new track can be finished as j616s noticed.

P1120998 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All marked out for cutting up......

P1120999 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

like this

P1130001 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130002 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130007 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

New OLE configuration which may be the start of the single line....

P1130010 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130011 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130127 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

the points for which have arrived on site, or at least the bits for them. They are obviously going to be normal flatbottom switches similar to the ones they used on Balloon Street.

P1130014 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More marking out for removal and acoustic screening near the bottom of the ramp.

P1130015 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The beginning of the operational tramway

P1130012 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and a queue for turning back!

P1130020 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the moment this isn't that easy a site to photograph with all the screening and solid fencing in the square. But we will try our best.
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Old July 1st, 2015, 10:10 PM   #1155
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A few from Deansgate today

The now exposed footbridge with almost all the scaffolding gone.

P1130025 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130032 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130035 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130039 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The reopened but unfinished stairs from the station side of Whitworth Street West up to the footbridge now paved in matching stone.

P1130028 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130034 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The vegetation is really starting to look good.

P1130046 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130050 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130052 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130057 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130101 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130104 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The path to the First Street end stairs

P1130109 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new stairs almost fully paved now.

P1130120 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The rusty Rest Room is in use.

P1130047 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One or two trams about as well!

P1130048 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130051 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130055 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130059 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

You can just make out here that queues do form for the services using the old crossover to turnback.

P1130061 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130113 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1130115 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 12:07 PM   #1156
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These recent photos reflect the vast amount of Metrolink works happening in the City centre at the moment, it really is quite unbelievable.
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Victoria update...

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"Free Wi-Fi and real time information to launch in July 2015"...

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As part of 'Catch the Bus Week' celebrations, we're delighted to announce that we'll be providing free Wi-Fi and real time information for all customers from July 2015.

We've joined forces with sustainable transport group Greener Journeys to celebrate the ‘Great British Bus’ through the annual campaign Catch the Bus Week. The campaign, which takes place from 29 June – 5 July, aims to drive awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage local people to make the switch from the car.

Along with Greener Journeys, which is spearheading the campaign, and hundreds of other participants all over the country – including bus companies, passenger organisations and local authorities – we'll be promoting the many benefits of bus travel through ticket promotions and announcements around improved bus services.

As part of Catch the Bus Week 2015, Bolton North East MP David Crausby joined us at our Weston Street depot to announce that we'll offer free Wi-Fi and real time information from next month. Our Bolton depot have successfully trialled the equipment on buses which will provide free Wi-Fi and enable customers to get real time passenger information directly to their pc, phone or tablet.

The latest initiative represents an investment by us of over £1.5m and follows the introduction of mobile ticketing across Manchester last year allowing customers to buy their ticket directly via their smart phone. This new announcement now means customers can also check on ‘live’ bus times.

The new technology will also provide valuable data for us to plan journeys and timetables and provide improved reliability for customers. It's hoped that by making the bus more accessible, more reliable and more convenient such as through free Wi-Fi, we can encourage even more people to use the bus which plays such an important role connecting people across the region.

Bus passenger journeys make up over two thirds of all public transport usage and each year, bus commuters create more than £64 billion worth of goods and services. For many, the bus is a vital lifeline and an affordable and accessible form of transport, whilst for all it is a great and easy way to travel.

Greener Journeys will be using the campaign to launch new and exciting research which demonstrates the social value of the bus to people and communities up and down the country.

David Crausby, MP for Bolton North East said, “Many local people rely on buses to go to work, go shopping or visit their families and friends. I congratulate First for providing better information for customers to help them manage their journeys effectively.

“Buses also get people out and about and money that is spent in shops and on services boosts our local economy as well as reducing congestion on our roads and cutting carbon emissions. I’m sure these initiatives from First will help encourage even more people to use the bus and I hope that Catch the Bus Week shows people that there are real alternatives to the car.”

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Just a quick look at Victoria this afternoon.

I see that both the panels on the wall of the Hansel and Gretel House have been replastered and they seem to have tidied up the painting of the remaining stubs of the steel roof girders that protrude form the wall.

P1060669 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060668 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were also a couple of chaps tidying up the pointing around the glazed brickwork.

P1060681 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The whole area round the Metrolink platforms seems to have had a good cleaning up as well.

P1060676 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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I had a walk right through the 2CC worksites today from Victoria to Deansgate Castlefield.

Although there has been some excavation at the Long Millgate end of the 2CC track nothing much has happened in the last few days. perhaps St Peters Square has swallowed up resources.

P1060684 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060688 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What is evident at this end of the route is that they have started work to close the gap in the outbound line over Todd Street.

P1060686 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060690 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The revised walking routes around Exchange Square give some slightly different viewpoints.

Looking back towards Withy Grove.

P1060691 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060693 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and towards the stop.

P1060696 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060697 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the new foot crossing outside the Arndale.

P1060699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Excavations near the crossover site seem to have revealed some buried brickwork.

P1060703 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060704 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Jetwashing the concrete surfacing to give the exposed aggregate finish.

P1060705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060707 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross Street looks like a battlefield again with a whole host of new utility work sites.

P1060709 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060710 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060712 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now over to Mosley Street and St Peters Square.

The entire track formation and foundation has been removed outside the Art Gallery.

P1060718 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060720 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and also beyond the Princess Street junction.

P1060722 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060726 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060728 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060729 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060731 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Sorting out the old cable ducts.

P1060723 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

An abandoned tramstop!

P1060725 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The materials stockpile continues to grow.

P1060732 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street more of that solid screening is going in restricting the views.

P1060735 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But every now and then an opportunity appears.

P1060736 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060738 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The steps by Manchester Central give a good view.

P1060739 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060742 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060741 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What a difference a week makes!

P1120947 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1060738 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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