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Old July 6th, 2016, 10:10 PM   #1521
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Here is another set from 2CC taken today. Quite a few things of note that will be highlighted as we go.

On Cross Street the only real change at the Market Street end is that a start has been made on surfacing along the southbound side.

P1180787 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180925 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180928 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180924 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Otherwise not much change at this end.

P1180788 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along the southbound side between Cross Street Chapela nd King Street is fully surfaced now.

P1180795 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180800 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

And they are still preparing the foundations for the remaining section of the northbound side.

P1180797 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over at Princess Street/ Albert Square the fencing has gone now alongside Albert Square and I made a note to try to locate the positions of the OLE masts.

First they are realigning the kerbs in Albert Square and have exposed another section of old track.

P1180802 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now along Princess Street I think I have found the OLE pole sites. There are a number of patches of concrete in the paving and they seem to be opposite OLE bolts in the buildings across the street. The bolts are not easy to spot in these photos I am afraid.

P1180804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180806 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This one is really hard to spot but the bolts are just to the right of the round topped window on the first floor.

P1180808 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think these blue circles may have been made before the paving was lifted as one or two were very close together.

P1180803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Along Princess Street tracklaying is progressing well.

P1180809 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180812 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180816 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now into St Peters Square and as I entered the square this was what greeted me. Tree planting 2016 style.

P1180818 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More on this later.

As we were told at the weekend the 1CC northbound is now connected to Mosley Street once again.

P1180820 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180837 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The track slab in Mosley Street has been cleared of the single line rail fixings and looks ready for the new track.

P1180829 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180830 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A Start has been made on rearranging the OLE and the OLE single line connections have gone and some fixings transferred to permanent poles.

P1180828 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I think the cantilevers are for section insulators here.

P1180827 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A new headspan is just visible in this photo.

P1180834 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back in the square now.

The new trees are appearing and there are now a number of new OLE poles on the Town Hall/Library side of the square.

P1180841 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As I was standing talking to someone I knew a wagon appeared with another tree.

P1180850 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Quite a tight reverse alongside the platform.

P1180851 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Off loaded

P1180881 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now they unwrap it rather like a Christmas tree.

P1180883 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

before pulling it upright, mind the branches on the OLE pole!

P1180888 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180892 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In the air

P1180898 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180904 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally landed, the whole operation drew quite a crowd and was probably quite a good PR exercise as there were quite a few MPT guys answering folks questions.

P1180907 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180909 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Each tree is anchored in its planting hole.

P1180918 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This gives an idea of what the area may look like when finished

P1180915 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Anyway to more mundane matters now.

The shelters were gaining yellow cove panels

P1180844 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were a couple of guys working on the cross inside the scaffold tower.

P1180860 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and paving was being laid around the points on the southbound line.

P1180861 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180859 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Thales were wiring in a cabinet by Windmill Street.

P1180869 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and work was ongoing on the foundations at the bottom of GMex ramp. I'm not sure what that great big hole is all about.

P1180873 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180875 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180872 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Sorry this has been a long drawn out update.
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Old July 13th, 2016, 08:43 PM   #1522
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My 2CC update for this week follows with a fair bit to report.

At the Market Street end of Cross Street the gap in the northbound line is now closed and the track extends almost as far as Chapel Walks.

P1180937 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180933 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180943 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180944 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I'm not quite sure what this concrete slab is for.

P1180942 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work continues to prepare the track foundation to complete the rest to King Street.

P1180948 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180950 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180951 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street both lines now reach Cooper Street/Lloyd Street

P1180955 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180957 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180958 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180960 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180963 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At Mosley Street junction OLE poles have started to appear on the two curves and opposite the Cenotaph.

P1180966 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180964 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180982 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More OLE work has been done on Mosley Street and almost all of the temporary poles are clear of wires now.

Here is a headspan over to the building on the left.

P1180971 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180974 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The earth cables Charter mentioned.

P1180976 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180977 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square great progress is evident on the southbound platform.

The 1CC side wall is in place and a start has been made laying the surface slabs.

P1180983 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180985 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180987 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fitting out on the northbound platform continues

P1180996 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Screen glazing panels were being fitted to the shelter

P1190001 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the mounting strips for the edge cladding were being fitted

P1190004 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The cross continues to grow.

P1180990 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190012 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving is appearing right across the job.

P1190015 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1180994 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190019 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lower Mosley Street

P1190021 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The northbound line now has track from the bottom of the ramp.

P1190023 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190025 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190029 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190030 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190032 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old July 14th, 2016, 05:43 AM   #1523
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Old July 20th, 2016, 09:24 PM   #1524
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Here is another Metrolink 2CC update.

Formwork in place for concreting the northbound track approaching Market Street.

P1190098 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190100 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking towards King Street from a new foot crossing, the partially dismantled old one is in the foreground.

P1190105 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This is the kerb line approaching that loading bay we were talking about last week.
P1190106 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work to fill the gap in the northbound line on Cross Street seems to have stalled a little.

On Princess Street concreting around the southbound line was in progress.

P1190110 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190111 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190112 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This was taken from the new foot crossing which has been provided to replace the one at Cooper Street Lloyd Street.

P1190114 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

That site is now a hive of activity as preparations are made to close the gap into St Peters Square.

P1190115 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190117 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

more old rails removed

P1190118 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Entering the square more OLE masts and steel work have been erected.

P1190125 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the wire above the 1CC southbound (the former single line) has been transferred onto a new pole.

P1190126 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190127 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190128 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One Two St Peters Square the OLE fixing bolts that were installed early on in its construction have now been finished off ready to take the wires.

P1190154 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

These had me wondering for a while! However I realised eventually that they were another delivery of the wall panels for Two St Peters Square like those Johnny saw being installed.

P1190131 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and yes they had continued installing them but hadn't finished the two floors.

P1190162 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190132 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving continues right across the site.

P1190148 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190191 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now to address those two questions about shelters.

Firstly the positions of the northbound shelters does seem to have been driven by the tree planting In these photos we can now see exactly where the two trees will be as they have started to place the soil for planting.

Here for the one between the shelters

P1190157 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and here for the one at the south end.

P1190159 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

If you look very carefully behind the pile of soil in the foreground on the northbound platform you might be able to pick out a similar pile on the southbound between the two shelters.

P1190188 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Here you may be able to count the glazing panels on both of the longer shelters, the northbound one is definitely longer than the southbound.

P1190152 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But fear not the two shorter shelters are also different lengths with the southbound being 3 panels longer than the northbound.

P1190156 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Items of TMS kit are starting to appear.

Just above the hand of the second chap from the left is what looks like a point indicator.

P1190160 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and on this OLE pole there is a mesh radio access point just visible.

P1190186 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Train Guard pointed out construction of the track slab to close the fianl gap in the 2CC northbound line has started.

P1190164 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

But there is still a short gap presumably for plant access.

P1190166 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The church cross slowly grows.

P1190185 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Lower Mosley Street work to install traffic signal loops was going on.

P1190171 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

you can hopefully just see the diamond shape of the loop here.

P1190184 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


Work continues on the northbound track connection

P1190174 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190177 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190179 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The interlaced points have a point machine now.

P1190182 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final look down the 1CC side of southbound platform, the steps are still to be installed.

P1190194 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some more to follow taken on Mosley Street.
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Work continues on Mosley Street to reinstate the double track.

The temporary surfacing between the southbound rails has been removed out side the Art Gallery

P1190134 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work to remove the top layer of the track slab where the temporary track was placed is in progress using these mini remote controlled machines. The surface has been scored into small cubes.

P1190135 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190137 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190138 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190146 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190199 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They are continuing to transfer the OLE wires to permanent fixings either on buildings or new poles.

P1190144 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190147 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The replacement rails are on site.

P1190142 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up at the York Street end you can now see the result of the repair welding done to the outbound line a couple of weeks ago. The shiny weld material on the running edge is clearly visible. Whether they will do the inbound remains to be seen although a road closure will be needed.

P1190200 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190201 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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One month to go for St Peter’s Square tram works



The new-look Metrolink stop for Manchester’s St Peter’s Square is taking shape as construction work enters the final stages[...]
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Here to confirm the above I finally managed to get down for my weekly 2CC photo survey today. Quite a lot to see since my last visit on Wednesday last week.

As usual we start at the Exchange Square end of the job. Apologies for the slight over exposure of some shots but I had forgotten I had left exposure compensation set up on my camera.

The concreting round the rails now seems complete on both lines through as far as the chapel area and they were sealing the concrete around the northbound rails probably in readiness for final surfacing.

P1090288 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090291 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Jet washing the finished area.

P1090292 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090295 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The final section of the northbound slab is now in place between King Street and New Market and some of the rails are in as well.

P1090297 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090299 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090301 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090303 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street between Cross Street and Cooper Street both northbound and southbound lines are concreted and sealed ready for surfacing.

P1090306 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090309 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the Cooper Street/Lloyd Street end they are still preparing the final section for the foundations. Cable ducting is being laid. An just visible glinting in the background is the first section of the 2CC southbound contact wire running into St Peters Square from a termination pole on the opposite side of Princess Street.

P1090313 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090314a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090318a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More trees seem to have appeared since my last visit.

P1090319 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and again the contact wire is just visible in this shot

P1090320a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090321 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090322 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This tree was being boxed in presumably in advance of a concrete foundation being poured for paving.

P1090345 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Hopefully you can see the 2CC southbound wire running through the stop and the supporting headspan running over onto Two St Peters Square.

P1090347a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090352 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090353 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the south end the contact wire runs off to a termination in front of One St Peters Square along with the crossover wire over to 1CC northbound which is anchored on one of the poles in front of the Town Hall Extension.

P1090355b by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090365a by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They have been laying concrete for the base for paving at the south end. The cross is now complete and the scaffold gone.

P1090361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090402 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The view through 1CC northbound. They appear to have started the platform cladding on both 1CC platform edges.

P1090406 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090371 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This the 1CC southbound south ramp.

P1090370 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090366 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still a short gap in the 1CC northbound track slab.

P1090364 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More to follow from Lower Mosley and Mosley Streets.....
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Part 2 starting on Lower Mosley Street.

Where there is still a fair bit of final paving to finish at the junction with Oxford and Peter Streets and also down at Windmill Street.

P1090378 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090380 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

However work on restoring the double track link to the GMex ramp is going well. The northbound (inbound) track is concreted in. The concrete mixer in the shot was delivering concrete for the southbound (outbound) slab.

P1090383 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090385 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090386 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090390 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090398 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090399 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up on Mosley Street work to restore the 1CC double track is also progressing.

P1090327 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Adjacent to the Art Gallery a new foundation slab has been poured.

P1090328 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090327 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Whilst at Nicholas Street the original slab seems to be being drilled to relieve reinforcement.

P1090329 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090335 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The northbound line now has rails laid although is that a deliberate mistake we see? There seems to be an obstacle .

P1090333 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090334 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On closer inspection the rails are actually through now and go under the temporary pole base.

P1090337 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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The Mediacity to Castlefield Deansgate opened today after all those weeks being closed for upgrades.

Hasn't sped things up though. Still probably the slowest railway line in the world.
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This week's update from 2CC and St Peters Square. There are quite a few photos again as quite a lot has been done as noted by quite a few forummers.

Any way starting again at Market Street we see that surfacing along the stretch towards Cross Street Chapel is progressing well with the first stretch almost complete to New Market.

P1190234 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190232 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In fact by the time I walked back to Victoria it was finished.

P1190445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Further along they were working towards the chapel.

P1190236 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190238 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Beyond the temporary crossing (which was closed to allow surfacing work) near Ladbrokes the shuttering was either ready or being constructed to allow the northbound line to be concreted.

P1190241 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and as other have told us the final gap in this length is now closed.

P1190249 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190252 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over at the corner of Princess Street and Cross Street the bases and ducts for the traffic light controllers are in place.

P1190255 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and Princess Street is surfaced along both lines.

P1190256 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190264 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They were sealing the joints between the various sections of the wearing course.

P1190265 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Tactile pavers for the pedestrian crossing from the front of the Town Hall were being laid

P1190259 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and they were pulling draw ropes into the ducting in readiness for running cables.

P1190261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up at Lloyd Street excavations continue in advance of the constructing the track slabs.

P1190268 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I now moved to Mosley Street to look at the reparations where the single track had been.

Both lines are now in place and concreting has been done on most of the inbound line.

P1190269 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190271 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The northbound line is now wired and connected right through once more.

P1190279 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One temporary pole remains to be removed before the final registration can be done.

P1190280 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190282 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190284 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

An interesting little interlude was provided courtesy of Great Manchester Fire and Rescue Service when a couple of appliances turned down Mosley Street expecting to be able to get to Princess Street.

P1190288 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

After much discussion between MPT and the fire crews they eveentually decided it was a lost cause and went back along Charlotte Street followed by more appliances and police vehicles.

P1190290 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All rather surprising since Mosley Street has been closed for over 12 months now for the work and in reality closed to road traffic in that direction for over 25 years. I can understand that prior to the blockade emergency services may well have used Mosley Street southbound but not for over 12 months.

Anyway more from St Peters Square and Lower Mosley Street to follow.....
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part 2 starting at the junction of Mosley Street and Princess Street.

The big changes really involve the overhead wiring this week. All lines now have wire in place through the square and down Lower Mosley Street although much still needs registration and finishing.

Firstly though the granite edging to the southbound platform is in place and there was a lot of work ongoing laying the surface slabs on both platforms.

P1190296 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wires cross Princess Street on both 1CC lines now.

P1190298 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some of the more complicated work where 1CC northbound and 2 CC southbound cross.

P1190300 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trees and OLE poles mix.

P1190304 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190310 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Edging slabs on the northbound platform.

P1190314 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I may be wrong but from what I could make out each surface slab is numbered and they were sorting them out using a set of drawings.

P1190316 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190317 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The stone obviously matches that paving.

P1190319 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The final gap in the 1CC northbound track slab has been closed. The wire is in place before the track here!

P1190331 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I hope you can see the wiring in these shots at the south end.

P1190322 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190323 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190324 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190330 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190333 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Interestingly the 1CC routes have retained their double contact wire configuration whereas the 2CC routes are single wire.On 2CC they have provided underground parallel feeder cables to remove the need for double wiring.

P1190340 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Still a lot of paving work going on.

P1190335 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Across on Lower Mosley Street more wire has appeared. Both 1CC and 2CC northbound are now wired again awaiting final registration and finishing.

P1190336 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
The differing contact wire arrangement is clear along here with the left hand two lines having double contact wire and the right hand one single.

P1190337 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Approaching Windmill Street where the two northbound lines separate. Again the different wire configuration is apparent.

P1190348 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound track is now complete but awaits concreting, the northbound is concreted now.

P1190353 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190355 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The final welds on the southbound await their insulating boots.

P1190362 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One of the MediaCityUK trams waits to crossover back to the outbound platform.

P1190363 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The splice between the old and new double wire over the northbound line.

P1190365 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A little bit of fine delicate adjustment.

P1190366 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190421 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final few general views. The library windows need cleaning.

P1190427 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190428 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190429 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190432 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A quick visit to Deansgate Castlefield this afternoon in the course of another 2CC update.

The addition of the MediaCityUK turnbacks seems to have caused images like this with a tram waiting to access the crossover as an earlier one sets off back to the outbound platform. I noticed 2 or three occasions.

P1190372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190375 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on the landscaping seems to be on hold, perhaps the guys have been transferred to St Peters Square. The green stripes are resin bonded glass it seems

P1190380 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190382 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and there is more of it alongside the inbound line.

P1190383 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A few trams now.

P1190388 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190389 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190394 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190395 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Here are some my picture that I took today, sorry that they may look same to what Freel took yesterday.

Mosley St





St Peter Square













TMS pole for signals on lower Mosley st



Princess St











Cross St













Metrolink 3112 tram at Exchange Square stop



Metrolink 3117 tram at Manchester Victoria



Last Monday (1st) saw MediaCity line reopened to passengers after five weeks of tracks renewal work, line between MediaCity to Eccles is still shut until end of August.



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A further photo update from 2CC this week follows.

At the junction with Market Street the temporary surfacing laid a few months back at the end of the Exchange Square line is now marked up for planing to allow it to be interfaced with Cross Street.

P1190460 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Yet more old rail has been removed from this area as well. I suspect it is from Market Street on the lower side of the junction.

P1190463 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The finished product on Cross Street.

P1190466 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking towards King Street the northbound awaits surfacing between St Ann Street and Old Bank Street

P1190468 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the concreting is still to be completed between King Street and St Ann Street.

P1190474 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street surfacing is complete with all the edge sealing done. Just the interface with the existing road surface to complete. I wonder whether MPT will resurface the remaining width of the street along here as it is in pretty poor condition.

P1190477 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190479 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190481 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Up at Lloyd Street the only remaining gap in the track between Deansgate Castlefield and Victoria is still work in progress with preparations for the slab construction continuing.

P1190482 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190485 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Laying out the various kerblines where the 2CC lines curve into Princess Street.

P1190490 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The view down Mosley Street into St Peters Square with cabling works in progress.

P1190492 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving and kerb laying at the Princess Street Mosley Street junction.

P1190494 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound platform, the north end steps are now in place.

P1190498 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The view into the square from Princess Street looking from the 2CC curves.

P1190499 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fitting out on the platforms continues

P1190503 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

along with paving

P1190509 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190512 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and laying of platform surfaces.

P1190513 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A bit hard to see but further work on the OLE has been carried out, with work to complete the complex OLE crossings having been done.

P1190514 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190517 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190539 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 2CC northbound wire is still on pulleys.

P1190515 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back on the ground the final gap in the 2CC northbound line has been closed.

P1190520 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190531 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190527 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another tree has appeared at the south end as well.

P1190522 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Stacks of paving slabs await laying. I rather wonder whether this side of the site between the 1CC northbound line and the current fences may be completed after the 1CC line reopens.

P1190528 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The apron area around the cross is looking good now and gives a good impression of just how open the square will look.

P1190534 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190535 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190536 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190540 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190564 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190567 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190570 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All in all we seem to be at the stage where dramatic changes are no longer the norm and most work is now connected with detailing and finishing.

More to follow from Mosley Street and Lower Mosley Street....
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Part 2 Lower Mosley Street and Mosley Street reinstatement works.

On Lower Mosley Street OLE work has continued and the southbound and 1CC northbound wires look almost complete.

P1190542 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 2CC northbound wire is still on pulleys in many places. Note the single contact wire over this line in contrast to the twin wires over the southbound and 1CC northbound lines.

P1190543 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

At the Peter Street junction the 2CC northbound wire is suspended on a chain block.

P1190555 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The connection between the 2 northbound lines over the interlaced points.

P1190549 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Coffee and cake was the price I paid for dragging my long suffering wife around the city today. Whilst sitting outside Costa on Lower Mosley Street I spotted this contraption on one of the elevated platforms. It is a roller device for taking kinks out of the contact wire.

P1190559 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

All the track is now laid but the southbound line awaits concrete and surfacing.

P1190547 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190551 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1190552 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Mosley Street paving was being relaid on the southbound line.

P1190552 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Its a pity the old yellow lines were able to be matched up but I suppose it would have been a big jigsaw and perhaps the segments will be jetwashed off once the paving is complete.

P1190573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They seemed to be washing the highway surface on the section of northbound line which was laid last year.

P1190577 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Removing the shuttering from the southbound line outside the Art Gallery.

P1190578 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking south now

P1190580 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The temporary OLE pole that was blocking the northbound line has been moved leaving a clear view along both lines. There are still a couple of these now redundant poles to remove.

P1190582 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


Next week's update is likely to be rather early and therefore perhaps somewhat more brief.
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An early update from 2CC this week.

At the junction of Market Street final surfacing was in progress.

P1090530 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090532 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work to complete highway works along the first part of Cross Street continues.

P1090536 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090540 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Freshly poured concrete

P1090543 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


They were pouring the grey concrete which surrounds the rails along the last section of the northbound near King Street.

P1090544 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090550 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090552 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090554 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Princess Street as mentioned by OCMCR there is work to rebuild part of the carriageway as you enter from Cross Street.

P1090555 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lloyd Street area where work to prepare for the final sections of track slab continue.

P1090559 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090562 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In fact as I walked back for my train they were unloading the sections of reinforcement for the slab.

P1090657 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Mosley Street paving and surfacing work is well advanced.

P1090563 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Nicholas Street crossing

P1090565 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090568 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090567 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090571 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Princess Street junction.

P1090573 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound island platform

P1090576 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the northbound island

P1090579 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving work is the big activity

P1090582 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090585 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

These guys were installing the glazing panels within the handrails on the southbound platform.

P1090586 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Another row of the wall panels has gone in on Two St Peters Square and I noticed another lorry load arriving.

P1090588 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Fitting out on the platforms.

P1090589 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090593 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

2CC northbound approach track

P1090596 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090600 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

TMS installation within one of the cabinets

P1090597 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The 2 TMS signals controlling the exit from the southbound platforms are in place, not easy to make out in this photo.

P1090637 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the tram signal head for the traffic lights for southbound crossing moves is also in place as are the northbound ones.

P1090636 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090635 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I also spotted that the point indicator for the facing points linking the 1CC northbound back to the southbound lines was lit.

P1090648 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More to follow.....
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Part 2..

As OCMCR mentioned the north side footway has been moved at Peter Street to allow the final works to be completed.

P1090602 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090604 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090603 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I hadn't noticed this massive OLE pole previously although I am sure its been there ages.

P1090605 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Peter Street south side crossing

P1090608 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Lower Mosley Street OLE has been tidied up a bit more and most of the 2CC northbound wire is now off the pulleys and properly suspended.

P1090615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090616 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

One lone OLE style pole near Windmill Street junction just to take a mesh radio device.

P1090620 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Shuttering for the rail surround concrete being constructed on the outbound line.

P1090622 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090629 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Signal loop installation just in front of the facing points.

P1090624 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Windmill Street traffic lights are now back in use.

P1090632 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still one temporary OLE pole in use and by the look of things it is to be replaced by a cantilever arm, the components are lying by the base of the pole. I think the pole on the near side used to have a cantilever on it.

P1090633 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back in St Peters Square some general views.

P1090643 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Notice cases have appeared on the shelters

P1090646 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090649 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090650 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090652 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090654 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Traffic Regulation Order notices have appeared all along 2CC now.

P1090655 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Here some pictures that I took yersterday between Mosley Street to Manchester Central arena (G-mex arena)

Line coming together outside G-mex Arena.









Lower Mosley St









St Peter Square









To me they look like put new St Peter Square nameboard up where I thought they just reuse ones they had before station got demolition.





Not sure if it already been mention by PIDS were live when I went pasts.









Soon to have full connect line between Victoria and St Peter Square via Exchange Square.





North and South board platform at St Peter Square.





Mosley St where work is nearly completed.







Metrolink have got some trams rename as "rainbow trams" for Manchester Gay pride taking place this bank holiday weekend.





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