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Old February 19th, 2016, 07:15 AM   #1481
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Please forgive my ignorance but what is the controversy?
Ordsall Chord project is to remove an attraction. On Liverpool Road there was station, best known for original terminus of Liverpool-Manchester Railway. Today station building and tracks around it are owned by Manchester Science Museum, which use track as attraction - riding people on Robert Stephensons's replica of Planet locomotive. Because of Chord, project's tracks will literally block heritage railway's tracks:



Museum did opposed against of Chord, but Network Rail paid compensation and project go-ahead
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Old February 19th, 2016, 04:55 PM   #1482
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I thought I might try to get some photos of the track works that have been going on at the west end of Victoria station over recent weekends.

Firstly though a couple of rather scrappy shots from the train as we passed the site where they assemble the panels before transporting them through to the west end.

P1170171 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170172 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now to the footbridge at the west end of the platforms to see whether we can see any signs of new work.

Initially I wasn't sure although I could just make out some new ballast beyond the scissors crossovers on the lines out of platforms 3 and 4.

P1170174 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

However zooming in and pointing the camera over the top of the extended screens I could make out what looked like a new crossover.

P1170175 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170177 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I thought I might try for a closer look by walking over to the Deansgate North Car Park on the site of Exchange Station.

At this viewpoint it isn't easy to make out the new point components but what I could see is that the crossover is incomplete as yet.

In this shot we can just see the crossing vee on the line second from the camera and also under the signal gantry one of the closure rails coming in between the second and third lines.

P1170180 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Here the new point end is right in front of the camera.

P1170181 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Sorry they aren't more definitive but they were the best I could manage from behind the fence line.
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Old February 19th, 2016, 05:28 PM   #1483
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Once again a look at 2CC progress as of this morning.

Starting at the Market Street end for a change. The gap between the 2 lines at the end of the existing route has now been concreted, hardly earth shattering I know but it's progress of a sort.

P1170187 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Through the 'cage' we can see the trams which hopefully before too long will be passing through to St Peters Square and beyond.

P1170267 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The current work seems to be concentrated on restoring the paving.

P1170191 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Cross Street excavations continue for the track slab.

P1170193 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170195 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All sorts of pipes and ducts appear through the hardcore.

P1170197 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170198 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The next section by Cross Street Chapel is still in the hands of United Utilities contractor. One thing I noticed was what looked to me like a small tunnelling machine shield with associated concrete tunnel sections stored behind.

P1170199 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170200 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Between King Street and Albert Square most of the street is now fully surfaced with just a few sections to complete with a wearing surface.

P1170202 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170203 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170205 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving is being installed.

P1170207 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the junction with John Dalton Street both curves are now exposed and much of the highway alterations are complete.

P1170208 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170210 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170215 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170218 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170220 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This guy looks like he was cutting the holes in the rail groove for the track drains.

P1170213 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In this shot we can see the difference in surface levels between the existing Princess Street and the amended John Dalton Street/Cross Street levels. It isn't massive but the two will be tied in when the track is extended into Princess Street.

P1170221 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over towards St Peters Square work continues on the preparation of the foundations for the curves leading into Princess Street.

P1170224 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One of the OLE mast bases has been cast

P1170226 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and another between the 2 curves.

P1170230 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square itself what I believe to be a crane pad is well advanced now on the 2CC southbound and 1CC northbound lines. I assume this is to allow platform sections to be craned in eventually.

P1170233 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170257 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170254 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

What seems to be the foundation for the northbound platform is now quite clear.

P1170235 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170237 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170236 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking into the square from Oxford Street/Peter Street part of the track slab for 2CC northbound has been cast and the rails laid out last week on 1CC northbound have been welded up now.

P1170239 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170244 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street a start is being made on installing the paving alongside the Midland Hotel.

P1170248 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170249 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Also on this section it looks as though the TMS loops have been installed as the recesses left on the concrete have now been filled. Quite why this one on 1CC northbound has been coloured differently I can't imagine. The ones on 2CC northbound seem to be the same colour as the surrounding concrete.

P1170246 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old February 21st, 2016, 05:05 PM   #1484
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The North West’s first guided busway is on track for full service on 03 April 2016, providing quicker more reliable bus connections between Wigan, Salford and Manchester.



Operator First Greater Manchester unveiled the Vantage service brand on 20 January 2016. The route will see up to eight low-emission hybrid buses an hour joining communities and business centres along the route. Journey times will be cut from one hour 20 minutes between Leigh and Manchester city centre to as little as 50 minutes.

As well as quicker connections, a 4.5 mile traffic-free guided section and bus priority measures along the A580 will mean trips should be more punctual and reliable.

The twenty new low-emission hybrid buses will feature e-leather seating, free wi-fi, USB charging points, climate control and on-board “next stop” audio and visual announcements. Services will begin a 4am and continue to run beyond midnight.
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Old February 24th, 2016, 05:44 PM   #1485
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Here we go again with a 2CC update.

Starting in Exchange Square where they seem to be setting about replacing the temporary surfacing outside the Corn Exchange and applying some remedial work outside Next,

P1170271 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170272 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170273 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I wonder whether the large expanse of tarmac between the stop and the main part of the square is be replaced with proper paving now.

At Market Street junction the short length of track is now surfaced and paving work continues.

P1170274 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170275 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Cross Street they have started laying out the drainage units on the eastern side.

P1170278 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170280 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Stacks of reinforcement panels ready for laying out.

P1170282 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond King Street paving work continues.

P1170283 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170286 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the junction with John Dalton Street the highway works seem to be progressing well.

P1170288 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170289 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170291 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street outside The Waterhouse there is now an MPT compound and they seem to be realigning the carriageway as far north as possible, presumably to allow road traffic to be moved over to give more room for the northbound track to be worked on as it enters the street from St Peters Square.

P1170292 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170293 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Plenty of ducting being installed where the track will run onto Princess Street.

P1170296 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170338 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Of course the big event is the arrival of the crane and the installation of the precast concrete platform walls and ramp sections.

P1170297 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170298 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170308 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170309 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170312 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and another.

P1170314 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This one was obviously not ready for final installation yet.

P1170316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

An exaggerated zoom in on the south end of the platform.

P1170302 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

And at the north end we can see the wall for the 1CC northbound platform face, the start of the central spine wall and to the right a couple of the ramp units. The construction is made up of a pair of outer walls and a central spine wall which will be topped with concrete panels.

P1170303 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170305 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The finish seems to be the normal Phase 3 smooth concrete rather than the stone veneer used at Exchange Square and Deansgate Castlefield.

P1170321 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170324 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170325 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170336 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Final alignment still seems to use a pair of crow bars and a spirit level.

P1170337 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Shuttering was being constructed on the 1CC northbound line in readiness for a concrete pour.

P1170328 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 2CC northbound rails don't extend as far as the others yet, presumably to allow site access for plant and deliveries.

P1170330 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old March 11th, 2016, 10:03 PM   #1486
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Here are some shots from a walk along 2CC yesterday morning on my way to a meeting in town.

Starting at Market Street.

Constructing some cable chambers at the Market Street junction.

P1170348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking along Cross Street the compound has been extended and a section of the southbound track slab has been cast.

P1170351 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170354 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170358 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another heap of scrap old rail has appeared on Cross Street. The meeting I was at was tramway oriented and one of the German delegates mentioned he had seen this rial and was surprised to hear that quite a lot of old double track had been lifted along Cross Street. A couple of the UK delegates were also surprised.

P1170357 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170359 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Here we can see some of 2 foot gauge track sections used by the utility contractor. I had noticed a few sections on the earlier section outside Boots a few months ago.

P1170364 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Kerbing and drainage at King Street junction./ The drainage channel looks like it will be in the middle of the footway.

P1170366 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still working on paving between King Street and John Dalton Street.

P1170367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170374 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The most significant progress along here is the commencement of the installation of the OLE building fixings. The bolts are now in on a number of buildings.

P1170371 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170376 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170382 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170383 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is a new compound on Princess Street. Looking at it I don't think it is an MPT compound as it has no signage on it. The mobile platforms seem to be from a different company to those used by MPT as well. I could see no OLE bolts on the Town Hall so I don't think it is for that work and there was evidence of any tree lopping. Perhaps it is associated with some work on the building itself that the City want to do before access gets more difficult.

P1170385 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170386 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 2CC northbound curve now enters Princess Street, just!

P1170390 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170392 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170394 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 2CC southbound still ends just after the diamond crossing.

P1170399 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the northbound platform site reinforcement is being assembled on the slab, no further sections have been delivered but I think the next phase will be to bring in and install the top slabs.

P1170396 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170398 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170404 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170411 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

1CC northbound entering the Square.

P1170409 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The black membrane seems to outline the connection to the 2CC southbound from the points on 1CC southbound.

P1170406 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As already shown the structure of Two St Peters Square includes OLE building fixing bolts aligned almost with the temporary poles.

P1170417 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170402 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170403 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Little visible progress on Lower Mosley Street other than a little section of ducting.

P1170415 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old March 16th, 2016, 10:47 PM   #1487
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Had the chance to take a few more 2CC shots this afternoon as I was in town to meet a former work colleague.

Starting at Market Street junction.

Looking along Cross Street mainly work laying kerbs and drain channels at the moment.

P1170419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170422 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond the end of the first section of concrete slab they are now levelling and rolling the foundation for the next section.

P1170424 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170427 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170429 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving continues at King Street.

P1170430 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I don't think that they have fitted any more OLE building fixings but many of those seen last week have now been grouted into the stonework and cut to length which just makes them harder to find!

P1170431 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street that long work compound alongside the Town Hall has now gone but a new one has appeared at the Cooper Street entrance. They seemed to be carrying out a survey of the building.

Not much change on the curves from St Peters Square onto Princess Street since last week. I could only spot that a couple of rail joints had been welded on the northbound curve

P1170436 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170438 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and that a short section of the lower slab has been added to the southbound curve along with a couple of short curved rails.

P1170440 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square itself they were pouring concrete on the slab under the platform this afternoon.

P1170441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170446 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Where Train Guard noticed that the site of the church cross had been marked out there is now some timber shuttering.

P1170452 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170454 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170457 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A further 2CC update from this afternoon.

Start this time in Exchange Square where the paving along the front of the Corn Exchange has been completed. Just the tarmac in front of the stop to replace now.

P1080409 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080409 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now to Market Street junction where .... nothing has changed!

P1080415 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Across the road in Cross Street as Johnny showed us the southbound track has been laid towards Cross Street Chapel. The welders were working removing the weld moulds and cleaning up the joints.

P1080417 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080418 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080421 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More of the track base was being prepared as well.

P1080422 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080424 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080427 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As we know beyond King Street Cross Street is now open to traffic again.

P1080437 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080439 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the 2 Scottish bus giants battle it out.

P1080441 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080454 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In a small compound adjacent to Clarence Street adjustment to kerb lines is taking place, possibly to move traffic over to the left to allow construction of the northbound line.

P1080456 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along Princess Street a larger compound stretches across the front of the Waterhouse as far as Cooper Street.

P1080461 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080460 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A section of rail has been added to the 2CC southbound curve into St Peters Square. It looks as though it may need a bit of adjustment though.

P1080464 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square itself a new vista was being opened up. The solid fencing in front of the Town Hall Extension and Central Library was being removed and replaced by the more usual Heras fencing.

P1080467 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080473 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues on the northbound island.

P1080468 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The central spine wall has been cast in situ and can be seen now.

P1080508 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Although it isn't easy to make out in the photos. But it is there!

P1080511 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A large hole has appeared on the corner of Peter Street near the library. I wonder of this is for an OLE pole.

P1080482 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A new concrete footway parallel to Peter Street has been constructed.

P1080484 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080486 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street paving is once again in progress.

P1080494 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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New Bay platform that building at Rochdale Railway station.



I believe they moving tracks slight to right to allowed train terminate in new bay platform hint why trees are getting cutting down.





Old railway platform at Rochdale which got closed in 1970.

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A few shots I took yesterday of the works at the west end of Victoria Station which will give access between the Ordsall Chord and all the through platforms in the station.

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Alliance formed for Manchester rail project
Thursday, March 31, 2016



BRITAIN's infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) has formed an alliance with four companies to implement the Ordsall Chord project in Manchester now that the final legal challenge to the scheme has been overcome

The four companies comprise civil engineering specialists Amey, Skanska, and Bam Nuttall as well as Siemens, which will be responsible for signalling, telecommunications and power for the electrified link. Preliminary work started in October 2015 and the project is due to be completed at the end of 2017

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The Manchester Guided Busway opens today.

It's been extremely controversial up there, due to the traffic issues caused during the construction. The buses look extremely posh... for buses Worth a look:

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I know this is going to duplicate posts by jaga and pjm but I paid a visit to look at 2CC again today and took some shots.

On Lower Mosley Street a new OLE foundation has appeared alongside the interlaced points. There was also some ducting installation in progress on the other side of the road.

P1170559 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170561 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving alongside the Midland is still slowly being completed.

P1170563 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The widened crossing at Oxford Street was unattended today when I passed.

P1170566 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The crane was lifting what appeared to be the final 2 slabs onto the platform.

P1170567 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170572 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and now the last one goes in.

P1170577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170581 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The shuttering for the foundation for the cross has gained more timber.

P1170573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

MPT were working outside One St Peters Square levelling the area presumably for paving.

P1170574 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One or two views of the platform structure.

P1170582 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170588 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170593 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170595 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As already reported with Princess Street closed to through traffic excavations have started in earnest all along the street.

P1170586 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170599 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Old track appears all along this length.

P1170602 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170605 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and removing it requires a bit of brute force.

P1170606 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170608 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170612 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170613 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That rail looks pretty badly worn.

P1170615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In Albert Square...

P1170621 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170624 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170625 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Train Guard said the final utility compound on Cross Street seems to have been handed over to MPT.

P1170631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The first sign of the double track between Market Street and King Street.

P1170635 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170638 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170640 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170643 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A couple more scrap crossings lie at Market Street junction.

P1170641 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A few photos along the Ordsall Chord job today starting at Victoria.

The realigned platform 6 connection.

P1170467 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170472 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170478 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170481 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from the River Irwell near the old canal locks we can see work adjacent to the Princes Bridge. It looked like piling work.

P1170525 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170529 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'm not sure what this is but it looked like work to form the abutment for the river bridge.

P1170526 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170527 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Princes Bridge

P1170537 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170538 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One way traffic under Water Street bridge.

P1170539 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A bit of a tricky shot here but are these structures in the arches to allow monitoring for movement? At first I thought they might be bracing but they look too light for that.

P1170542 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Excavation around the bridge abutment.

P1170544 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally a view along the viaduct.

P1170547 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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2CC work that I took today. (Sorry if they look same as Freel ones #1495

Work at St Peter Square.











Nice to see them started work on Princess St and I see they have covered other tramline.















12 months or maybe nine months?







Guideway V1 bus.



Only thing I notice different on Cross St is they started build North line now.





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Trams photo on Oldham line and in City Centre.

Freehold stop





3112 tram first day in service yesterday.



Cycle Hub outside Hollinwood stop.



3105 tram.





3079 tram at exchange Square.





Trams on Mosley St.













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Another look along the Market Street to Oxford Street 2CC works this afternoon. I missed the fountain on Princess Street though.

Just to start off a couple at the temporary turnback.

P1080571 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080575 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now across on Cross Street where things seem to be moving on a bit faster now.

The shuttering has been removed from the newly laid southbound track.

P1080578 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and a bit more has been added to it alongside the first section of northbound line that was put in last week.

P1080579 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080581 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along outside Cross Street Chapel where the utilities site has been handed over to MPT significant progress has been made on opening up for the track foundations.

P1080584 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080586 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080589 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080590 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080594 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street the first sections of compacted stone are now being worked on for the foundations.

P1080597 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080600 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and alongside the Town Hall drainage pipes and ducts are appearing.

P1080601 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080604 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080605 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues on the northbound island in St Peters Square

P1080606 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080613 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080616 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080619 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Drainage channels are being installed alongside the curves.

P1080608 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A start seems to have been made on removing the crane pad over the 1CC northbound and 2CC southbound lines.

P1080610 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As was pointed out earlier this week the narrow area alongside the 2CC southbound line has been cleared of materials and debris. This could be a sign as j616s suggested that some work on the start of the southbound island could be on the cards. I do know that the 2 islands are to be slightly staggered in relation to each other.

P1080611 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080612 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080614 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving reinstatement works have started where the old solid screen outside the Town Hall Extension was removed a couple of weeks ago.

P1080622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080623 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1080627 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Well here are some more photos from sunny Manchester along 2CC.

Cross Street first.

At the section between Market Street and New Market concreting around the rails has been in progress on both lines.

P1170832 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and installation of cable ducts and chambers is in progress. This section seems a little different to usual as the ducts are under the track slab rather than in the kerbside gutter.

P1170833 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170834 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond New Market up to King Street work continues on preparing the track base ready for the first stage slab.

P1170835 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170841 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Similarly on Princess Street they are spreading and compacting the stone base for the track slab.

P1170843 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170844 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170846 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cable duct installation is also ongoing.

P1170848 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170850 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square concrete has been poured for the base for paving in front of the Town Hall Extension and slab laying is in progress.

P1170851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170852 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving does show colour variations and matches the existing paving in that area of the square.

P1170879 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170876 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is the labelling on the pallets.

P1170881a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The steps at the north end of the northbound platform have been cast.

P1170853 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Train Guard has informed us work is ongoing on the fenced off part of the southbound platform base now.

P1170857 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the second set of points connecting the 2CC southbound to the 1CC along with the link to 1CC northbound are in place and just await the placing of the final set at the south end of the northbound platform (I hope that all makes sense).

P1170865 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170867 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1170868 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It also looks as though the first stage of the base for the church cross has been laid now within the octagonal formwork.

P1170870 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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