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Old September 14th, 2016, 02:23 PM   #1561
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Tracklaying completed on Manchester's Second City Crossing
Wednesday, September 14, 2016



TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) says it is on course to complete a second light rail line through Manchester city centre before Christmas after the final rails were laid on September 13

The £165m Second City Crossing, which will open next year, will enable more frequent, reliable and flexible services on the busy tram network, which carries more than 35 passengers a year

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Old September 16th, 2016, 01:03 PM   #1562
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A further 2CC update combining some photos from Tuesday before the storm and again yesterday afternoon.

As Michael has shown us the pulleys for running the contact wire are now in place over the northbound line.

P1200238 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There are at present 2 headspans missing on Cross Street from what I can see. The first is one that will attach to the Arndale just over the small MPT site cabin seen in this photo. I guess they cant access the fixing with the cabin there.

P1200242 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The other is at the north end of 11-15 Cross Street seen on the right scaffolded, which is currently under refurbishment and therefore most likely in accessible to the installation teams.

P1200247 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Other than those 2 all the others seem to be up ready.

P1200254 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200255 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A further pole has appeared on the corner of Albert Square and Princess Street. This will no doubt carry bridles to the building on the corner of John Dalton Street and Albert Square (seen in the background on the right in the second photo of this pair) and also to the adjacent pole in Albert Square to create the support network for the curve.

P1200258 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090682 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The next pole in Albert Square has gained feeder cables to connect the contact wires to the parallel feeder cable along the route.

P1200261 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In this shot we can see something normally hidden from view. Any poles carrying feeder cables are insulated from the foundations using insulating washers and inserts on the bolts. They are then connected to the rails to ensure that if for any reason the pole should become live the traction supply will be cut. The red insulating washers can be seen along with the rail connection cable appearing from the purple duct on the left. It is still to be connected to the pole.

P1200263 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The headspans on the corner are highlighted by the sun.

P1200264 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The highway works on Princess Street are well under way.

P1200266 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200269 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200270 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More OLE pulleys up ready to run the wire over the northbound line.

P1200267 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Concreting the area between the two lines at the Lloyd Street end of Princess Street.

P1200271 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200272 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving has started at the south end of St Peters Square between the library and 2CC northbound.

P1200276 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Although I didn't take a photo, the southbound platform paving is looking close to completion now.
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Old September 17th, 2016, 08:45 PM   #1563
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Took some picture on 2CC route today, nothing really to report to what Freel07 have already taking.



I guess these temporary pole would need removing before overhead wires start running along here? If so then guess we see over weekend closure at Exchange Square from them to do that.





Cross St













Princess St















St Peter Square North-board line now cement.



3110 coming into St Peter Square stop.





St Peter Square 2CC platform.



St Peter Square tram stop.



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This week's update from 2CC .

The north bound contact wire up on the pulleys on Cross Street.

P1200358 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The temporary anchor complete with a coil of spare wire to link to the existing wiring.

P1200359 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200361 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Both of the headspans that were missing last week have been erected now.

P1200360 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200367 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200369 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Shooting against the sky to get the wire isn't very successful I'm afraid.

P1200371 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Traffic signal installation at St Ann Street.

P1200372 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

King Street junction.

P1200379 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving works approaching King Street.

P1200381 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200382 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200388 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200396 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200398 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200399 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200400 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200407 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Highway works on Princess Street.

P1200408 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200410 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200412 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200415 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The temporary anchor on Princess Street which is shared with the wiring through the northbound platform.

P1200506 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Surfacing work on Princess Street between Mosley Street and Cooper Street.

P1200419 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200420 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200424 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200428 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200500 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200502 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200508 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Part 2 starting in St Peters Square

The area around the Cenotaph was being pressure washed this afternoon.

P1200422 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200423 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More finished areas of paving seem to have been opened up.

P1200425 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200430 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200433 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and the southbound platform looks almost finished now.

P1200432 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200439 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200442 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200443 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work seems to be starting again on the northbound platform.

P1200435 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200438 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200437 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The paving around the 2CC northbound approach is now coming on well.

P1200492 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200497 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A start has been made on the area opposite One St Peters Square where the planting box for another tree was being laid out.

P1200445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A final one with trams to end on.

P1200444 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A further update from 2CC and St Peters Square from Thursday afternoon. Starting from St Peters Square this time.

I notice that at Mosley Street junction part of the fencing on the south side of Princess Street has now gone.

P1200692 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200694 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the southbound platform the 2CC side is now mostly complete and the fence is now along the platform edge for most of its length. The north end ramp is open.

P1200698 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200699 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200701 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200705 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Just a short section of paving at the south end to complete.

P1200706 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200708 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Work on the area in front of Two St Peters Square is in progress.

P1200710 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The holes for the cross uplighting as mentioned earlier.

P1200713 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving continues in front of the library

P1200720 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200721 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200723 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200725 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

And also now on the 2CC side of the northbound platform.

P1200726 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200728 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200729 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On the curve into Princess Street.

P1200733 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Feeder cables on Princess Street

P1200734 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200735 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Highway restoration on Princess Street

P1200740 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Contact wires over both lines now on Princess Street ....

P1200742 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200743 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200744 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200749 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

round into Cross Street

P1200755 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200765 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200766 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200767 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200779 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200781 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200784 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The last pair of pulleys before the temporary anchor points.

P1200787 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Not all the registration arms are in place yet.


Paving at Cross Street Chapel

P1200774 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and outside the Royal Exchange

P1200788 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200790 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

St Anns Street junction

P1200775 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A few photos from the Ordsall Chord project taken today.

I noticed this near Castlefield Basin. A cable route and what I think my be a signalling equipment room under one of the arches.

P1090816 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090818 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There appears to be another near the YHA building on Potato Wharf.

P1090821 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Also by Potato Wharf as I walked past a lorry was delivering one of the precast arch sections.

P1090823 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The two sections of steel span were being worked on in the yard by Potato Wharf as well.

P1090822 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090831 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090834 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Reinforcement for more of the viaduct widening abutments.

P1090825 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new concrete extension sections.

P1090833 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down on Water Street more work on the abutments and some completed concrete abutment extensions.

P1090836 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090839 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090840 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

By the site of the old Princes Bridge they were preparing to lift in another section of the steel trestles.

P1090846 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090848 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

I hung around for a while to watch the lift in progress.

P1090849 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Rigging additional counterbalance weights to cater for the long reach needed.

P1090852 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090854 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Down by the V&A hotel now to watch the lift.

P1090862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090863 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A class 319 passes where the new viaduct will leave the existing one.

P1090857 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from the bridge on New Quay Street.

P1090865 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090866 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090868 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090874 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Back to the other end of Water Street as I had a feeling that they might be ready to lift that recently delivered arch section into place.

Rigging the arch for the lift.

P1090879 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now from New Elm Road

P1090880 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090881 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090882 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Unfortunately as they were finally landing the section this trailer arrived for unloading.

P1090884 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090886 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

So a quick move was called for.

P1090887 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090889 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In the yard off Water Street a section of one of the curved spans for the main bridge was being assembled on the ground.

P1090855 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr


Finally from near the V&A a shot showing the work in progress on one of the piers across the river near the new footbridge.

P1090860 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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A 2CC update from today starting at Market Street end.

The northbound wire is connected through with a new section insulator in position.

P1090729 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090731 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090736 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving continues right along Cross Street.

P1090739 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090746 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090747 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090750 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090751 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The glint of new copper on the corner of Cross Street and Princess Street.

P1090752 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090755 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Tree lopping still needs doing.

P1090758 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Princess Street reconstruction continues.

P1090760 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090761 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090763 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In fact as I walked back later the first signs of surfacing were evident.

P1090890 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090892 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090894 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As Mike McNiven informed us the 2CC wires through St Peters Square are connected through to Princess Street now.

P1090764 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090768 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090773 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With all these section insulators along 2CC the electrical testing is going to be complex!

Paving in the square continues in several places.

P1090774 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Including the 2CC face of the northbound platform.

P1090793 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090804 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090799 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1090803 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and this area which I think Altfish was referring to earlier.

P1090794 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Is this outside One St Peters Square a tree planer or the water feature?

P1090789 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

More work on the base of the cross where the holes seem to have been enlarged.

P1090796 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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My collection of 2CC work that I took today.

Cross St





Few of traffic lights now have Metrolink signals attach to them.









First Manchester Vantage (guide busway) on Cross St, hopefully once tram started running down this section I can get picture of tram and this bus together.





Princess St











St Peter Square







Sorry if some of pics look like I'm looking at sky as they might be looking at new overhead wires.

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14 Oct 2016



UK: Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has granted a Transport & Works Act Order for Transport for Greater Manchester to build a tram line to Trafford Park in the west of the city.

The 5·5 km route would run mostly on a segregated alignment. Leaving the Eccles branch of the Manchester Metrolink network at Pomona, it would run alongside the Manchester Ship Canal, then along Village Way and Parkway to reach the Trafford Centre, a large retail complex. There would be six stops

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I delayed my 2CC walk today to avoid the ceremony in St Peters Square.

Here are a selection of shots taken after the event though.

Starting in St Peters Square.

As I mentioned earlier there has been a mass withdrawal of fencing. Whether this is purely for today's events I don't know. Here we see that most of the 2CC northbound platform is now completed and all the fencing has gone.

P1200855 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

With the exception of 2 small areas at the south end of both platforms.

P1200856 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200859 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The stone treads at the south end of the southbound platform.

P1200861 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The southbound platform

P1200862 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The area at the north of the square is now opened up (or at least it was today).

P1200865 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200866 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There is still a bit of tarmac about but the amounts are diminishing.

P1200869 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200872 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The curves into Princess Street

P1200873 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200874 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back to Two St Peters Square

P1200877 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200884 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Princess Street opened up although there is still a short section of reconstruction to complete outside The Waterhouse

P1200880 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200886 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200890 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200895 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Cross Street between King Street and Market Street was being cleared of fencing and big clear up seemed to be in progress.

P1200898 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200901 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Again there were a couple of fenced worksites still.

Cross Street Chapel

P1200902 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200905 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and near St Ann Street

P1200903 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Otherwise it was all hands to clearing up.

P1200904 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200907 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200911 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200912 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A further small worksite at Market Street Cross Street junction.

P1200915 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200918 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Both section insulators are in place at the interface between the Exchange Square section and the new line. The wires towards St Peters Square appear to have temporary earth cables connected to them.

P1200919 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200920 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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A further update from 2CC today. It's getting more difficult to find significant changes to show now.

Starting at Market Street again. The new sections of wire still appear to have temporary earth cables attached.

P1200938 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

On Cross Street road marking and a few areas of paving were in progress.

P1200941 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200943 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200946 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200949 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200950 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200951 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200953 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Into Albert Square and Princess Street

P1200958 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Where the trees have now been cut back.

P1200960 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200966 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200969 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200971 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The frame for a bus shelter in readiness for shelter installation.

P1200972 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Paving in front of Costa

P1200973 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Line painting

P1200975 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A couple of sections of highway restoration to complete

P1200976 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200979 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Some new cabling and ducting at the Mosley Street end.

P1200982 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

In St Peters Square still a few areas of tarmac but these are diminishing each time I go down.

P1200986 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200991 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Both platforms are almost completed with small areas to finish at the south end of both and some wall cladding to finish.

P1200993 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200996 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

There were two guys fitting handrail stanchions at the south end of the northbound platform.

P1210009 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

They seemed to be concentrating paving work on the area around the 2CC northbound line outside the library.

P1210008 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210029 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210032 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Also by this morning all the Get Me There readers seemed to be working.

P1200994 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200995 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210036 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210037 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

General views look good.

P1210028 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210025 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1200989 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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I finally took my long delayed first exploration of the Trafford Line route yesterday afternoon. This is an area I am not too familiar with so I did find myself having to double back a couple of times. I was also guilty of suffering from camera battery mismanagement. I always carry a spare but it does help when the spare is fully charged . Thank goodness for the phone camera.

I think this will need a couple of posts to cover.

Anyway starting at Pomona a quick look at the soon to be junction as the gold tram heads to Eccles.

P1210040 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210044 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From here the route will launch onto a new viaduct before gaining a new earthwork alongside Pomona Strand to drop under Trafford Road. The technical development plans indicate that there may be a new substation in this area under the new viaduct.

P1210051 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Alongside Pomona Strand the path has been closed for a while now and there will be a new ramp down.

P1210053 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking down from Pomona Strand to the Ship Canal, here it is likely that there will need to be a retaining wall built.

P1210058 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back to Pomona from Trafford Road.

P1210061 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Trafford Park side of Trafford Road bridge where the route appears alongside Wharfside.

P1210065 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210070 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The old Sam Platts pub where Wharfside Stop will be located. The white car appeared to belong to 3 guys surveying the route as I encountered them a couple of times.

P1210071 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Wharf End which is to be closed off and possibly become an area for marshalling football crowds.

P1210069 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Ground investigation teams were in evidence and these guys were sorting sample into crates. It looked as though they were using the industrial unit as a storage base. A number of units along here are to be demolished to create space for the track.

P1210077 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210079 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210081 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

It was here that made my first double back and walked along the canal side.

From here it runs along the bank for a short distance

P1210085 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking at the plans the line is to the right of the ramp here.

P1210090 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and lies just behind the industrial heritage here although I imagine the artefacts will have to be moved.

P1210101 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

here is where the line will divert across to the left to appear alongside Trafford Wharf Road.

P1210106 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The building behind the fence that the line will pass through is already partially demolished.

P1210109 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From Trafford Wharf Road

P1210114 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This seems to be the site for Imperial War Museum stop right behind Quay West. It looks as though there may be a small landtake from the car park here.

P1210117 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210118 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From here it diverts into the carriageway to pass along Trafford Wharf Road to Warren Bruce Road.

P1210122 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IWMN on the right

P1210125 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Coronation Street set on the right.

P1210129 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Warren Bruce Road where the line turns left to run up the west side of the road.

P1210132 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Much of this uncontrolled parking will go.

P1210136 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back towards the Coronation St set and the junction that they are so worried about.

P1210137 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The route is to the left in this view and the plans show an indicative 3 track turnback layout here like Sheffield Street obviously intended for football specials. There is also a site for a substation indicated on the opposite side of Warren Bruce Road.

P1210139 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back down Warren Bruce Road from Wharfside/Trafford Park Road/Village Way roundabout where the line turns west to gain Village Way.

P1210141 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The route passes through the roundabout and crosses the route of the old park railway

P1210150 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

and then runs alongside Village Way on the right passing Village Stop.

P1210152 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The stop is shown here road side

P1210156 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210157 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The line continues on this side of Village Way right up the approach to Parkway Circle. Passing the old Trafford Park Hotel.

P1210160 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Passing Fifth Avenue junction (here was where my camera let me down so phone camera shots for a while now) looking back towards Village stop.

IMG_20161020_132353 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Continuing along Village Way towards Mosley Road.

IMG_20161020_132545 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_20161020_132715 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_20161020_132751 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

part 2 to follow later.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 10:04 PM   #1574
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Part 2 of my Trafford Line walk through.
Starting at Village Way/Mosley Road

The route continues west along the north side of Village Way as it approaches Parkway Circle passing the Evans Halshaw Ford site.

IMG_20161020_132943 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The plans seem to indicate some landtake and narrowing of the eastbound side of the road here.

IMG_20161020_133054 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

As both the road and the route climb towards Parkway Circle things get a little difficult to follow in detail because the highway details change so dramatically but somewhere in the vicinity of where the cones start the line crosses the road to climb towards the Parkway stop and Park and Ride.

IMG_20161020_133228 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

crossing the median strip in this area from left to right (we are looking back towards Mosley Road here).

IMG_20161020_133328 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now running up on the left hand side and the road will move somewhat over to the right to gain some space. It appears there will be some earthworks on the left to create a space for the start of the car park and stop.

IMG_20161020_133409 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The Park and Ride and stop at Parkway will be sited left of centre here and the track and stop encroach into the roundabout which will disappear with the junctions being converted to traffic signalled junctions. The large advertising sign marks the approximate position of the Manchester end of the platforms and the connection into Westinghouse Road on the left is lost and will form a link to the car park.

IMG_20161020_133631 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The line will cross through part of the roundabout and emerge to enter Parkway over in the distance.

IMG_20161020_133801 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This photo looks back almost straight along the stop towards Village Way from the Parkway exit from the roundabout.

IMG_20161020_133948 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking onto Parkway where the route leaving the stop will cross over to the northwest side of the road to run on a widened embankment up to the canal bridge. This section to Barton Dock Road is actually best seen from the top deck of an X50 Manchester bound bus.

IMG_20161020_134001 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Looking back to Parkway Circle with the approximate location of the crossing on the left.

IMG_20161020_134140 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The new widened embankment will be along the line of the trees in the background.

IMG_20161020_134602 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Over the Bridgewater Canal where a new single span bridge is proposed on the far side alongside the existing bridge.

IMG_20161020_134708 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_20161020_134737 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Dropping down from the canal bridge it appears that the existing highway embankment on the west side (right in the photo) is to be widened although as it runs behind the Mercury Park industrial area I would imagine there will be a need for a new retaining wall.

IMG_20161020_134902 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Now looking back from Barton Dock Road towards the canal bridge. Here there is evidence of contractors activity.

IMG_20161020_135556 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210167 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

We are now on the final leg on Barton Dock Road having turned right from the bottom of Parkway. The route appears to run behind the purple hoardings here.

IMG_20161020_135615 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Crossing Mercury Way where the little white building is.

IMG_20161020_135813 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

The line is then described as running in the existing north side verge along Barton Dock road to Peel Circle where the Event City stop will be.

IMG_20161020_135937 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_20161020_140231 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Here Peel Circle will disappear to be replaced by signalised junctions. This is also intended to release land for the stop which will run across where the north side of the roundabout lies. Phoenix Way is diverted slightly to the east as it crosses Barton Dock Road to create space for the stop. A trailing crossover has been proposed to allow services to terminate at Event City should any incident occur in the Trafford Centre itself.

IMG_20161020_140310 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

This looks back almost along the stop platforms.

IMG_20161020_140507 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

From the stop here the line crosses to the south side of Barton Dock Road to approach the Trafford centre stop.

IMG_20161020_140445 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

IMG_20161020_140514 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

A substation is indicated to the left of the line in this vicinity.

P1210168 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

Finally we reach the end of the line for now. The stop will be here just alongside the car park.

P1210170 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210171 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

P1210173 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 12:29 AM   #1575
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Most of the above photos were just of Manchester and of no relevance to urban transport.
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Old October 22nd, 2016, 12:40 AM   #1576
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Most of the above photos were just of Manchester and of no relevance to urban transport.
They actually have quite a lot of relevance to urban transport. They cover the route of the recently authorised extension of Metrolink to the Trafford Centre. Construction of which will start before the end of the year.
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They actually have quite a lot of relevance to urban transport. They cover the route of the recently authorised extension of Metrolink to the Trafford Centre. Construction of which will start before the end of the year.
A bit premature. Show us when the trams are working.
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What's the unusual temple buildings and brick tower in the last few photos?
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What's the unusual temple buildings and brick tower in the last few photos?
the trafford centre ?
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Great update Freel!

Do we have any indication as to when construction is likely to begin?
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