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Old December 9th, 2015, 10:33 PM   #1441
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A fairly short update from 2CC yesterday. Shorter now that Exchange Square is up and running.

This only covers St Peters Square and Lower Mosley Street.

It looks as though Santa has been to St Peters Square.

P1160462 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They appeared to be constructing and under track cable crossing under the 2CC southbound line here.

P1160466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160464 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

No presents under the Christmas tree!

P1160469 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I am wondering whether the compacted hardcore in the foreground is intended as the sub base for the diverted Oxford Street Peter Street traffic lane when they start to extend the Lower Mosley Street track halfway across the street.

P1160470 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Anyway over on Lower Mosley Street they continue to dismantle the final bits of the old track.

P1160475 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160476 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the foundations for new track creep ever closer to St Peters Square.

P1160477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160472 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1160474 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along Lower Mosley Street both inbound lines are now embedded in concrete.

P1160478 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But Santa seems to have lost his sleigh.

P1160479 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old December 13th, 2015, 12:33 PM   #1442
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PJM`s update....

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I went out today to see what all the fuss over the last few weeks was about, and I could really tell!

3087 at Ashton:





The finishing at Exchange Square is awesome! MPT really worked their socks off to get the work finished in time.





Slightly unrelated to this picture, but trams terminating at Piccadilly now display 'Please do not board, Tram terminates here' message.



3103:





3090:



3082:



3023:

Manchester Metrolink 3023 by pjm0512, on Flickr

3021:



3090:



Now, this is something I clocked at Victoria. I think the typeface has been amended to fit with the Metrolink 'Pantograph' font. I might just be going bonkers, but I'm pretty sure it looks different.



Nice range of M5000s on Shaw to Exchange Square:





Was trying a few new settings with my camera :



3073:



3015 off to Piccadilly...:



3105 outside Urbis:





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Old December 15th, 2015, 11:20 PM   #1443
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A few Night shots
Shudehill - Corporation St
3070 Exchange Square DSCF6125 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
2 from Central Park
Central Park DSCF6136 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
3106 Central Park DSCF6149 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Exchange Square
DSCF6164 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Rochdale TC
3108 Rochdale Town Centre DSCF5922 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Victoria
3108 Victoria DSCF5897 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
2CC onto Corporation St
3090 Victoria DSCF5889 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
the new platform D at Victoria
DSCF5877 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr
Exchange Sq towards Victoria looking down Corporation St
3103 Exchange Square DSCF5780 by Steve Kemp, on Flickr

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Old December 18th, 2015, 12:52 AM   #1444
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Couple of photos that I took at St Peter Square today.









Santa and reindeer paid visits at St Peter Square.



MPT very own Christmas tree.



On Cross St they started putting track slab down for southboard line bit further up line.



Road near Arndale shopping centre is clear now probably for only two/three weeks when MPT return from xmas break and started getting ready to build line in new year.



End of first part of 2CC line and you can see that double tram can fit down here.



3107 tram heading to Exchange Square stop.





3102 tram heading off to Victoria.



And couple of photos at Victoria stop.





3001 and 3042 Metrolink Christmas trams.





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Many thanks as always to everyone for the superb photographs.
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Old December 22nd, 2015, 10:38 PM   #1446
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Renders of new Tameside Interchange:

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From reading the above, here are a snippets.

A more detailed aerial shot:









A design overview of one of the satellite stands that will be situated adjacent to the Metrolink stop:



A glimpse of the view from around the bottom of Oldham Road. The green wall with signage is what I believe to be the existing Metrolink equipment room:





And to finish off, the front cover of the Air Quality report...

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Old December 23rd, 2015, 07:34 PM   #1447
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On 2CC:

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Video on the opening of Exchange Square by Metrolink:

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Old December 25th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #1448
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Old December 26th, 2015, 10:09 PM   #1449
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Flooding update for Manchester

By 20:08 GMT Bury and Rochdale via Oldham services are reduced

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I must apologise for not posting this on her myself. Belated seasonal greetings to all.
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Old December 28th, 2015, 04:21 PM   #1451
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Using the short dry break in the weather and the appearance of some very poor entertainment on TV I took a trip out to have another go at some night shots in the early evening on December 23rd, this time on the East Manchester Line at Ashton Moss and Audenshaw.

Having accepted that my hand is no longer quite as steady as it was I have taken the advice of a mate and bought a one legged tripod (monopod). It certainly helps with eliminating camera shake at slower shutter speeds.

Anyway a few of my results following some Photoshop Lightroom post-processing.

Ashton Moss as 3082 arrives with a few late commuters.

DSC_7772-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As 3082 heads east for Ashton 3093 approaches to collect evening revellers.

DSC_7775-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7777-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now a walk over to Audenshaw.

3104 presents rather a lot of reflections on it shiny new paintwork.

DSC_7780-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

DSC_7783-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3087's headlights pick up a slight haze as it waits to depart for Manchester and Rochdale

DSC_7785-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally as a cold wind was taking its toll on me we see 3070 waiting to leave for Ashton.

DSC_7791-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'm still not happy with the results, more experimentation needed. Some needed a fair bit of work with Lightroom to gain the results I desired.
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Old January 2nd, 2016, 03:45 PM   #1452
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St. Peter's Square 1-1-16 :-

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More on new BRT line:

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Couple of photos of what the new vehicles should look like from the inside. The article also states that the new vehicles will be delivered to First Manchester in January for route testing.





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How the guided busway passengers will travel in style

INTERIOR images of the new double-deck buses to be introduced on the guided bus way next year have been revealed.

The designs have been created following feedback from more than 1,000 people who had their say in Tyldesley, Atherton, Leigh and Salford.

First Manchester will be introducing 20 of the double-deck accessible buses which will have interior and exterior CCTV cameras, free Wi-Fi, USB charging points and “next stop” audio and visual announcements.

For the first time in the fleet of over 650 buses, upstairs customers will also have table areas.

Colour contrast was highlighted in the feedback from residents and colour variations between the aisle, the floor under the seating, hand-poles and the seat unit, has been designed with visually impaired customers in mind.

The new frequent buses will operate on the 14-mile route linking communities in Leigh, Atherton, Tyldesley and Salford to Manchester city centre and through to the universities, Central Manchester Hospital site and businesses along Oxford Road.

The buses will also run on the 4.5 mile guided section linking Leigh and Ellenbrook.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “I am delighted residents who may be future bus passengers can see we are moving ever closer to services starting on the busway. We promised a fast, frequent, premium service as a result of our investment in the bus priority package and we are delivering on that commitment with First.”

When fully completed, regular services will run from both Leigh and Atherton six days a week – with a less frequent service on Sundays.

There will also be three free to use park and ride sites to serve the busway providing over 400 spaces in Leigh, in Astley Street in Tyldesley, and on the A580 East Lancashire Road near to the M60/61 junction.

The first vehicles are expected to be delivered in January for full guideway and route testing.

Ian Humphreys, Head of Commercial for First Manchester said: “The Busway will bring faster and more reliable links for customers and we’re very excited to be part of such an important, premium service in Greater Manchester."
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Ah well, that's over for another year! Now the Xmas crap has gone from Exchange Square, a couple more perspectives open up. (Plenty of patronage for this stop btw - this tram is just disembarking a standing load) :-









Plenty waiting to go home as well :-











In my water, I have a feeling that within the present year all the Phase 3 construction and associated congestion at last might be finished completely? Then it will seem strange to have no works going on - a pity they couldn't dovetail the Trafford Line in more continuously. I expect the tram-train will be a brilliant thing, but all this protracted (& probably unnecessary?) testing in Yorkshire is adding several years on to the timescale. At least let's have some plans for 3CC - surely inevitable? - let's be getting on with it!!

Anyway this time next year, the transitional glitches will hopefully be over and the timetable running tickety-boo - what will we find to complain about . . . ?



Well, there is one thing . . . . . !



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I thought Trafford Centre line is still part of phase 3 as due to money that it push back and phase 4 will end up been train-tram or even brand new Metrolink line somewhere? (maybe one going to Middleton)

Anyway I took some picture at St Peter Square today while passing through on tram, I have to say I was surprise to see how much tracks is down on Lower Mosley St given no trams will run on them until August.







I guess tracks that run across A34 (Oxford St) will be done in eight weeks of final closure in Summer?

Nothing new at St Peter Square but no surprise given MPT are off for two weeks.









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Old January 4th, 2016, 09:33 AM   #1455
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Its very useful, The Manchester metrolink Trams. It would be far better for Manchester to have, for example, an underground or suburban rail network. I hope the new Yellow and grey trams dont break down as much as the old ones when they role out this autumn ; )
The number of traffic monitoring cameras across Greater Manchester is set to more than double, helping transport leaders to tackle congestion on the region’s main roads.
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I finally managed to drag myself out of the post festive season torpor yesterday evening and took a trip to the delights of Greater Oldham to have another attempt at my night time photo skills visiting Shaw, Derker and Mumps whilst the 6 minute intervals service was running.

3016 sits in the bay platform line at Shaw having arrived from Exchange Square.

DSC_7799-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3093 arrives from Rochdale with a through service to Ashton. I rather like the backdrop of Briar Mill with its wall of lights.

DSC_7804-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3093 having left, 3016 now shows Exchange Square as its destination.

DSC_7808-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3105 passes with an Ashton to Rochdale service

DSC_7810-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3092 arrived as the next Manchester to Shaw service, this time with Exchange Square already set up. At around 18:30 there were still healthy loads on both services.

DSC_7812-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3090 and 3083 pass at Shaw on the through service.

DSC_7815-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now down at Derker where I admit to keeping a wary eye out for my safety, for some reason it felt a little threatening.

3088 on a through service to Rochdale deposits a fair load of commuters

DSC_7818-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

as does 3064 close behind on a Shaw service.

DSC_7820-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3072 arrives with an Ashton service

DSC_7823-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

with 3107 no more than a minute or so behind on a Shaw to Exchange Square trip. The driver of this set very kindly dipped his headlights for me when he noticed me with my camera.

DSC_7824-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now at Oldham Mumps we see 3064 again, now heading back to Exchange Square.

DSC_7829-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3085 waits to depart for Shaw.

DSC_7834-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3083 passes with an Ashton service.

DSC_7836-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

3070 leaves for Rochdale.

DSC_7838-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another Shaw service ready to depart.

DSC_7843-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Against a backdrop of road traffic on the climb up the A62 we see 3073 leaving for Shaw.

DSC_7847-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally as the cold was getting the better of my fingers I caught this shot of 3106 and 3088 passing at Mumps on through the Ashton Rochdale service.

DSC_7851-1 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The enhanced service at least allowed me to get a better selection of shots without hanging around too long. I did notice that as I left Mumps around 19:30 the next tram in from Shaw on the short service was heading for Monsall presumably for the depot. I think that last one is supposed leave Mumps at 19:29 but things were definitely running late last night.
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Here are a selection of shots of the work in progress on 2CC between Windmill Street and Market Street as seen this afternoon. They have certainly come back after Christmas with a bang so to speak.

On Lower Mosley Street concrete was being poured on both inbound lines.

P1080194 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080200 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080201 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The ends of both the new track and the remains of the old can be seen in this shot.

P1080205 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square more reinforcement mesh was being assembled.

P1080211 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080213 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The line of the link between the 1CC and 2CC southbound lines can be seen marked out in yellow.

P1080210 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the north end the track beyond the diamond can just be seen in this one.

P1080215 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Seen better in these.

2CC southbound

P1080217 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

1CC northbound

P1080216 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

2CC northbound

P1080219 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over on Princess Street utility work seems to have restarted.

P1080223 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080224 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Cross Street the northbound track is once again fenced off and work continues on the southbound line.

P1080227 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Rail is stacked between the two lines.

P1080229 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Crossing King Street

P1080231 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Outside Cross Street Chapel the heavy mob have moved in to continue utility works for United Utilities I think. The circular chamber Johnny mentioned are in evidence.

P1080232 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080234 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080235 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Immediately beyond this site MPT have taken over the stretch as far as Market Street now.

P1080237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080238 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Old rail visible again.

P1080240 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They were removing the infamous rising bollards this afternoon.

P1080246 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080248 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080253 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Across at the end of Corporation Street MPT have made a start on opening another worksite near the end of the current operational section.

P1080245 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080256 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What a quick restart.
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Ordsall Chord: Work to link Manchester Piccadilly with Victoria Station gets underway
14:20, 7 JAN 2016



Engineers are carrying out preparatory works for the £85m project and replacement buses will be in operation

Work to prepare for the Ordsall Chord linking Piccadilly and Victoria is underway - and it will hit services running into Manchester from the north over the next two weekends.

Engineers were on site between the two viaducts at the Ordsall Lane Junction at the weekend carrying out preparatory works for the £85m project

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New Farnworth Tunnel in operation:
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