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Old September 29th, 2015, 12:07 PM   #1341
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You put alot of effort into all this..and its appreciated.
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Old September 29th, 2015, 12:12 PM   #1342
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Are people who live in outer areas that were once served by heavy rail but now have light rail generally happy with the change?
In general as nerd says most people are happy I think and ridership would tend to support that. The main complaints are reliability and overcrowding. Reliability is massively improved over what it was 3 to 4 years ago and I think overcrowding will possibly be tackled better once the current network is complete with the second city crossing finished allowing some of the planned frequency improvements to be implemented.
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Old September 30th, 2015, 04:20 PM   #1343
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Upgrade of Moses Gate and Farnworth stations continues, taken by Network Rail a week ago:
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Plus, in Bolton last night, new railway bridge was installed above Orlando Street:





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Old September 30th, 2015, 04:23 PM   #1344
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Deansgate Castlefield looked brilliant last Sunday:



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Old October 1st, 2015, 10:31 AM   #1345
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"Trans-Pennine rail upgrade back on track"...

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THE Government has "unpaused" the electrification work on the TransPennine and Midland Mainline railways after receiving a new plan for the work from Network Rail chairman Sir Peter Hendy.The revised plan has promised to deliver "faster journey times and significantly more capacity between Manchester, Leeds and York".The upgrade is expected to provide capacity for six fast or semi-fast trains per hour, take up to 15 minutes off today’s journey time between Manchester and York and be complete by 2022.When the work is finished,.

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Old October 2nd, 2015, 10:36 PM   #1346
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A further update from 2CC this morning starting at Victoria. At Long Millgate the track is now linked through and concreted. Unfortunately there were a couple of OLE mobile platforms parked across the track.

P1140674 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140676 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140679 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The reason for their presence is that OLE headspans have appeared now across Corporation Street. All highlighted with red and white hazard tape.

P1140681 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140682 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140685 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A new pole at the corner of Fennell Street

P1140686 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More headspans over the approach to Exchange Square

P1140689 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Raked tapered poles at a jaunty angle in Exchange Square.

P1140690 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140691 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Seating and paving on the platform.

P1140692 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not easy to see but more OLE equipment at the south end.

P1140695 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Along with this pole with twin cantilevers.

P1140702 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The scene through the dirty bridge glazing.

P1140697 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back at ground level paving continues.

P1140705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140706 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the east side the full width of the footpath has been restored for part of the way to Market Street.

P1140713 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140714 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I assume this is the tree which is to be removed.

P1140711 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Across the way on Stage 2 not a lot has changed although the concrete shuttering along the new nortbound track in Cross Street is almost complete.

P1140727 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and with traffic at the junction of John Dalton Street and Cross Street now running over part of the new curve it looks as though a start has been made on the base for the southbound line.

P1140730 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140731 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A few more to follow from St Peters Square and Lower Mosley Street.
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In St Peters Square things are moving on. A lot of the fencing has been moved at the north end presumably to clear space for Sunday's demonstration.

P1140732 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140733 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Site clearance looks to be almost complete and a lot of stone has been laid across the whole site now.

P1140739 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140741 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140742 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Towards the south end there is still some clearance to finish, a large hole contains a load of old ducting.

P1140744 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140755 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The Midland Hotel sits within a security cordon.

P1140760 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Acoustic barriers have been erected within the fence line to ensure the poor softy politicians get a good nights sleep.

P1140761 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But track laying goes on.

P1140762 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Other photos from St. Peter's Sqaure from yesterday:

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Old October 4th, 2015, 12:03 PM   #1349
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Greetings from Farnworth:
https://twitter.com/networkrailnp





Plus, from the same link, a bit of history - Victoria then and now. WingTips and Freel07, remember this?



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Old October 4th, 2015, 12:05 PM   #1350
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Another look on Wythenshawe Interchange:

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I trespassed into richardio's territory yesterday for my first visit to Wythenshawe Interchange since it opened. It's quite impressive and seems to blend into its surroundings well. I hope the new Tameside Interchange in Ashton works as well.

A few shots are attached. I have to say I was quite surprised how quiet it is, I expected far more bus traffic than there was. What's with the 4 mph speed limit has there been a problem with speeding?

P1140804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140785 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140788 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140789 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I was a bit disappointed with efforts to get combined bus and tram images, the layout doesn't really lend itself.

P1140791 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140795 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140799 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1140792 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old October 6th, 2015, 10:52 AM   #1351
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Manchester Victoria Station...

As we were..

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This photos just before Metrolink opened, no rail TVM's.



and from the other side, fascinating the original ticket barriers.

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Old October 6th, 2015, 05:04 PM   #1352
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Video on completion of Victoria station rebuilding:



CONGRATULATIONS MANCHESTER!!!
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Old October 7th, 2015, 10:08 AM   #1353
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Victoria Regains her Crown...

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Network Rail has formally reopened Manchester’s Victoria Station today, with the £44m revamp delivering four tram platforms, three new tracks and a 100,000 sq ft glass roof.

BDP was the architect and heritage consultant for the three-year project, while Morgan Sindall was the main contractor.

The central feature is a new concourse which is enclosed with an energy-saving roof which has changed the appearance of the station from the north of the city. BDP’s roof replaces a series of train-shed roofs.
See below for images of the completed station

The design includes a series of mezzanine floors holding retail and station facilities and improving passenger connections.

The station complex covers a variety of functions, including the main entrance to the Manchester Arena and a multi-storey car park. The multi-modal transport interchange required by Network Rail integrates these with heavy and light rail, regional and shuttle buses, taxis, private cars and bicycles.

Upgraded Metrolink facilities at the station are part of enabling works for the second city crossing route, now under construction.

Victoria is one of the city’s oldest rail terminals and a historic building in its own right, dating from 1844, with a number of listed buildings and features.

The original grade two-listed Edwardian frontage building has been restored, alongside the refurbishment of the original ticket hall dating from 1909.

Original features such as the original Lancashire and Yorkshire railway tiled wall map, the First World war memorial, the original glass dome, Soldiers’ Gate, the historic station mosaics, and the Art Nouveau external glass and iron canopy, have all been restored and re-installed.

The Victoria transformation is part of a £1bn investment by Network Rail to provide a foundation for future transport developments, improving links between cities in the north.

The programme of work which incorporates the Northern Hub and North West electrification will unlock new routes, improve connections and provide journey-times across the north of England from coast to coast

- See more at: http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news....YDKAUqdQ.dpuf










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Old October 8th, 2015, 11:37 PM   #1354
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Took some picture of 2CC work today and are picture started off at Manchester Victoria where PIDS on new Metrolink platform now have right time.







Couple of pics outside Victoria station (nothing new to what I show you on Sunday)





At Exchange Square I see they started putting stones thing on tracks like they did next to station.





Exchange Square station now have sits and PIDS on platform (I sure someone already confirm this)







Note they cover tracks up here.



Overhead pole toward to end of first part of 2CC line.



I see lot of talk about trees on here lately and spotted this on one of trees near crossover saying that they regrow trees in this area come Spring and any trees that get remove they put three new trees in City Centre.



Only picture I took on Cross St is this.



I have notice they started building southboard line near end of Cross St so soon we should see line near complete down there.

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Moving over to St Peter Square where they have now demolished old platform and getting ready to rebuild St Peter Square stop.







I see they put cement down which I guess will be new St Peter Square stop.



Work going on Lower Mosley St.







Couple of trams on Lower Mosley St.





End of single line for time beaning.







New lift at Deansgate-Castlefield stop.



Couple of picture of trams at Deansgate-Castlefield station.







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Old October 9th, 2015, 09:59 PM   #1356
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Another 2CC update through from Victoria to Lower Mosley Street.

Long Millgate seems to be finished now.

P1070452 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It's a sure sign things are moving towards completion when you start seeing cables being run through the ducts.

P1070454 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Pulling draw ropes in.

P1070458 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'm still waiting to see whether this temporary pole stays until the City Building is refurbished or if a new temporary pole will be needed to gain clearance.

P1070455 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving outside the football museum.

P1070460 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The rails which were laid a while ago on the Exchange Square side of Withy Grove are starting to re-appear now after having been covered over.

P1070462 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070463 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The corner of Withy Grove and Corporation Street is now being tidied up.

P1070464 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and one of those fancy tapered poles has appeared.

P1070468 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving blocks are being laid right through.

P1070470 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cladding the steps at the Victoria end of the platform.

P1070471 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More cables being drawn in.

P1070487 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070492 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now the solid hoardings have gone new views have opened up.

P1070493 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070497 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070498 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070503 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Johnny reported the bridge glazing has been cleaned giving clearer views.

P1070477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070478 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some pretty severe tree pruning.

P1070480 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070481 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070484 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070508 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More from Stage 2 next...
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Stage 2 from the bottom of Market Street on towards Lower Mosley Street now.

Utility work continues outside the Royal Exchange.

P1070520 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Old track exposed and cut out near King Street. In the foreground gas mains exposed again. They seem to have made a start here on opening up for the northbound track.

P1070522 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More old track in this hole.

P1070526 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The northbound line now concreted in.

P1070527 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070530 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070532 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The base for the southbound curve into Princess Street is now in.

P1070534 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070600 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070601 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The northbound curve is still under the road surfacing.

P1070537 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now up to St Peters Square

P1070549 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070554 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new concrete slab over what remains of the church crypt. It is of lighter construction and not tied into the main massive slab carrying the single line.

P1070556 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070558 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070560 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lower Mosley Street.

Breaking up the last of the old track at Peter Street.

P1070564 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new 2CC inbound.

P1070566 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The welders were working on the area of the crossing at the end of the interlaced section.

P1070570 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070572 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

For Charter this shows where the 2CC and 1CC lines split.

P1070575 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This hopefully gives some idea of how short the interlaced part is.

P1070577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One of the welds.

P1070585 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A procession of trams outbound.

P1070580 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070581 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070583 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Thats all for today.
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I see that the new concrete planters at Deansgate Castlefield now have plants in them. I hope they clad the concrete boxes in the same finish as the platforms.

P1070594 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070598 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Grow your own Christmas trees!

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They have now opened up the new staircase down from the footbridge to the area near the ticket gates.

Note all the barriers for crowd control this in connection with the rugby weekend, they were putting them all out when I returned.

P1070429 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070435 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070442 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1070443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think someone was asking whether it would be possible to remove the old stairs without materially affecting the footbridge structure. Looking at the way they are attached to the bridge I would say the staircase provides no support. However I would be surprised if they were removed at this late stage.

P1070436 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There was some work going on at the foot crossing to Metrolink. looked like either repairs or strengthening the fixings for the narrow coverplates.

P1070610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As I was waiting for my train home the leaf buster came through.

P1070618 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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