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Old November 4th, 2017, 03:51 PM   #1721
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CityZap Manchester launch today in Piccadilly Gardens! All the buses for the service use the ML**ZAP registration plate, which I think is clever.


CityZap Manchester Launch event by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


CityZap Manchester ML05ZAP by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


CityZap Manchester ML05ZAP by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Some Metrolink pics


Metrolink 3090 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3120 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3106 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


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Old November 4th, 2017, 06:39 PM   #1722
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One or two photos of the Ordsall Chord taken from a Victoria to Lime Street Class 319 yesterday afternoon. Apologies for poor quality.

Starting at the west end of Salford Central (Irwell Street).

P1250381 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old November 7th, 2017, 12:08 PM   #1723
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An insight into the new Ordsall Curve...

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Old November 8th, 2017, 11:53 AM   #1724
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A few pics of the Trafford Park Metrolink construction line.

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Old November 9th, 2017, 11:21 AM   #1725
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Meanwhile down at the other end of the new TPL....

QUOTE=Johnny de Rivative;143379891]A couple of shots from a bus window near the terminus, not much apparent change, although it is reported that the first phase of groundwork on the line has now been completed :-















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Old November 9th, 2017, 11:27 AM   #1726
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Some from me yesterday around Didsbury and Sharston

Here is a First Manchester (Rusholme Based) Enviro 400 seen on Palatine Road heading to Sale on service 41

First Manchester SK14CTV by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Here is a Stagecoach Manchester (Stockport based) Enviro 400 MMC seen on Wilmslow Road heading to intu Trafford Centre on service 23

Stagecoach SN16OXK by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Taken from a crouched down position at Didsbury Village met stop (Got some funny looks as I do when I am been creative) seen heading for East Didsbury

Metrolink 3104 (Dirty Knee shot) by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

A creative look on the City Zone on a TVM map

Metrolink map by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Selwyns Enviro 400 seen close to their Sharston depot heading out for it's afternoon school contract work

Selwyns SN16OGX by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

APH Sharston Optare Metrocity seen leaving their Sharston based and heading to Manchester Airport with it's next load of jet setting passengers

APH Sharston YJ67GBZ by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Old November 9th, 2017, 07:42 PM   #1727
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A very interesting video from Network Rail- The Ordsall Curve.

https://www.networkrail.co.uk/feeds/...dge-completes/
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Old November 10th, 2017, 08:27 PM   #1728
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APH Sharston Optare Metrocity seen leaving their Sharston based and heading to Manchester Airport with it's next load of jet setting passengers

APH Sharston YJ67GBZ by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
Years ago I went on an Arriva service from Alty to the Airport. It went through all the cargo/warehouse areas. I realised then the bus services are a lifeline for the workers in industries associated with the Airport and planes and not necessarily for the air passengers.
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Old November 11th, 2017, 02:33 PM   #1729
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On the new TfGM site under "Corporate" accessed from the bottom of every page, there is details about the future of Metrolink.

https://tfgm.com/future-travel/tram

Headlines from this page
- Business case been developed for Wythenshawe Western Loop
- Short term ambition to expand the APL to the new T2 development
- More trams ARE needed and they are currently exploring funding options .
- Orbital Tramway been looked into
- Tram Trains including details analysis of lines they want Tram Trains on
- Underground services in Manchester CC
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Old November 11th, 2017, 06:28 PM   #1730
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Some Pics from me around Manchester today


CityZap ML05ZAP by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Metrolink 3022 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Selwyns (National Express) BV67JYH by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Transdev WitchWay BF63HCL by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Arriva North West MX61AVF by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Old November 12th, 2017, 04:25 PM   #1731
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Great set of pics Mike..
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Old November 14th, 2017, 03:18 PM   #1732
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Some more from me, this time at Altrincham on Sunday.

Arriva Wythenshawe's poppy bus, for the second day in a row for me

Arriva North West MX61AVF by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

The usual line for Arriva Trains Wales to get to Chester via Warrington was closed, meaning they diverted via Altrincham running none stop between Manchester and Chester, was barely anyone onboard the service

Arriva Trains Wales 175110 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Metrolink 3020 seen at Altrincham on a service to Deansgate, terminating short due to the service taking place at St Peters Square, note its poppy reef as the units named Lancashire Fusiliers

Metrolink 3020 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Manchester Community Transport, now part of the HCT Group!, seen loading up for service 288 to Manchester Airport, a replacement for when Arriva pulled the 18 from the route between the Airport and Altrincham via Hale. Although the 18 is now back at Altrincham via a more direct route and skipping all of Wythenshawe, Sale Moor and the Airport

Manchester Community Transport YJ13HLK by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Stagecoach manchester also seemed to have increased capacity on Sunday on the 11 service mainly using 192 hybrid double deckers, none of the standard used single deck midi buses were used

Stagecoach Manchester MX62GEJ by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Old November 15th, 2017, 10:13 PM   #1733
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A trip to an I.Mech.E./PWI lecture on the Ordsall Chord project last night provided the opportunity for a few more evening shots in St Peters Square.

Using my compact camera meant my skills were stretched a little this time.

A quarter past five on a rainy evening.

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Later in the evening between seven forty five and eight o'clock after the presentation.

P1250494 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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P1250500 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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P1250506 by Steve Hyde, on Flickr

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Old November 22nd, 2017, 10:13 AM   #1734
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Some from me around Sharston yesterday. Starting off with a bit of a naff photo of a Diamond bus which has ended up on the "Flickr Explore" list this morning


**In Explore** Diamond Bus North West MX04VLW by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


APH Sharston YJ65EPV by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Selwyns SN16OGY by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Freightliner 66557 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Selwyns YJ57BBE by Mike McNiven, on Flickr


Selwyns YJ05PXC by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 04:37 PM   #1735
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Great evening shots Freel ...very atmospheric.
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Old November 23rd, 2017, 10:04 PM   #1736
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Some more again from me today of a tram and some buses around Manchester City Centre

Firstly Metrolink 3004 in LBC advertising livery

Metrolink 3004 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Now for the unusual and rare allocation of an Enviro 200 on the 34 to Leigh, typically an Enviro 400 MMC double decker bus

Stagecoach Wigan MX62LCG by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

A First Manchester Enviro 400 leaving Piccadilly on service 41 to Sale

First SN14TTE by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Transdev CityZap parked up inbetween duties with a friendly driver, Gregg, running between Manchester and Leeds

Transdev CityZap ML05ZAP by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Transdev WitchWay seen on Chorlton Street loading up for it's next journey to Skipton

Transdev WitchWay BF63HCL by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Bullocks (So easy to almost type a rude word) Wright Gemini Eclipse 2 Hybrid seen on Oxford Road running 147 University shuttle service

Bullocks BU11OCS by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Old November 28th, 2017, 09:55 PM   #1737
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We now turn attention back to the construction of the new Trafford Park Line (TPL)

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A fair bit of work in progress along Wharfside to-day :-



























All that remains of Sam Platt behind the black plastic roll :-



Plenty more flattage coming . . .















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Old December 2nd, 2017, 11:19 AM   #1738
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Four images from me yesterday.

Stagecoach Manchester ADL Enviro 400H seen on Longley Lane, Northenden, looking rather shiny as it's not long out of the paintshop

Stagecoach MX60BVM by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Rotala Diamond Bus NW, on one of their acquired routes from Goodwins, seen on Longley Lane, Northenden, on the long winded 278 (Reddish - Northernden - Wythenshawe - Sale - Hulme - Manchester)

Diamond Bus North West MX58KZG by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

Transpennine Express Class 185 seen passing East Didsbury on a Manchester Airport service

Transpennine Express 185139 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr

A Northern 319 in new livery seen passing East Didsbury on a Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Airport service

Northern 319383 by Mike McNiven, on Flickr
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Old December 3rd, 2017, 04:50 PM   #1739
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More on the Trafford Park Line...

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What are those big things? Sideways pillers?
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Old December 6th, 2017, 09:30 PM   #1740
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The new Ordsall Curve opening any time now....

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