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Old May 9th, 2011, 05:58 PM   #8501
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Metrolink events to brief public on airport link

9 May 2011, 09:35


Transport for Greater Manchester is holding half-a-dozen public events to outline plans for the forthcoming Metrolink line to Manchester Airport.

Preparatory construction work has started on the new line which is due to begin services at the end of 2015. Leaving the South Manchester line just after the St Werburgh's Road stop in Chorlton, the Manchester Airport line will run on nine miles of new track through Northern Moor, Baguley and Wythenshawe to Manchester Airport.

Philip Purdy, Transport for Greater Manchester's Metrolink director, said: "The Manchester Airport extension will improve people's access to one of the country's busiest airports, and we are committed to keeping people informed throughout all stages of the line's construction.

"Our information events continue to be a useful way for people to meet with the Metrolink team, view plans and find out more about what is happening with the new line. So, I'd encourage people to come along and take advantage of these events and ask any questions they may have."

The events will be held on:

Tuesday 24 May: From 4pm to 7pm at Wythenshawe Forum, Forum Square M22 5RF

Thursday 26 May: From 4pm to 7pm at Benchill Community Centre, Benchill Road, Wythenshawe M22 8EJ

Tuesday 31 May: From 4pm to 7pm at Royal Oak Community Centre, Brookcott Road, Wythenshawe M23 1DY

Wednesday 1 June: From 4pm to 7pm at the Manchester Health Academy Community Building, Moor Road, Wythenshawe M23 9BP

Wednesday 8 June: From 4pm to 7pm at Chorlton High School, Nell Lane, Chorlton Manchester M21 7SL

Thursday 9 June: From 4pm to 7pm at St Elizabeth's Church Hall, Holliney Road (corner with Lomond Road), Peel Hall M22 5JF
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Old May 9th, 2011, 09:44 PM   #8502
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Thanks all. I was coming over all depressed about Droylsden not having its 5 minutes of glory, but the presence of a trambahn on your plans Freel effectively solves the 'problem' as I had identified it. (I don't think I've seen those plans before? - they have been very reluctant to release them, or perhaps they are still under review.) I think the location of the trambahn on the inbound (Southern) side also probably dictates the need for a facing crossover, to avoid conflict with road traffic. - I too like the other suggestion but surely they wouldn't want to blockade Market Street for a third time . . .

Anyway, to cheer us all up I took a few pix of the newly-arrived OHLE poles between Hollinswood and South Chaddeh.

Above the M60 :-



Drury Lane Bridge :-





South Chadderton tramstop :-





Looking back towards Manchester :-











And towards Oldham :-







The approach to South Chaddeh tramstop via Canal Street (not that one!) :-



. . . Would they?
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Old May 9th, 2011, 10:42 PM   #8503
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Rail crane lowering track segments into place at Old Trafford Depot. Its been tidied up a lot since I last passed though now theyve stuck a tall wooden fence around most of the perimeter.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 08:57 AM   #8504
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Thanks all. I was coming over all depressed about Droylsden not having its 5 minutes of glory, but the presence of a trambahn on your plans Freel effectively solves the 'problem' as I had identified it. (I don't think I've seen those plans before? - they have been very reluctant to release them, or perhaps they are still under review.) I think the location of the trambahn on the inbound (Southern) side also probably dictates the need for a facing crossover, to avoid conflict with road traffic. - I too like the other suggestion but surely they wouldn't want to blockade Market Street for a third time . . .

Anyway, to cheer us all up I took a few pix of the newly-arrived OHLE poles between Hollinswood and South Chaddeh.

. . . Would they?
Good to see the progress on Oldham, I must work out how to get to South Chadderton, I missed it on my walk last month.

The 'Trambahn' in Droylsden has been on the drawings since late 2009 I think. The drawing I saw dates from 2010.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:14 PM   #8505
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Good picture everyone who took them thanks, they where start putting pole in at Freehold Station before but I notice they only whay far as Block Lane bridge but less they doing something on Oldham Line. I notice the haven't track down at Werneth so I think that what they will do so. My guess was when Chorlton line will open was Yesterday (May 9) so I failled in that one.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:28 PM   #8506
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More and more people out of the running every day on the Chorlton line opening date! Unless they open it in 5 days, I'm out too!!

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Old May 10th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #8507
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Can anyone confirm if the depot has officially been opened yet or are they waiting on TOS?

From memory it was initially due to open in Dec2010, then March 2011, yet I don't remember seeing anything official about it opening.
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Its a phased opening, it became open for storing stock in Dec 2010 and the depot buildings were handed over in March.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 07:20 PM   #8509
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Thanks. I was expecting to see fat boy Whitmore in another photo oppurtunity when it had opened.

Clearly not.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #8510
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According to a poster on another forum, the TMS on the Trafford Depot/South Manchester Line Junction to GMEX is due to be handed over imminently.

Also to never trust an opening date set to a season LOL
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Old May 10th, 2011, 08:21 PM   #8511
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More and more people out of the running every day on the Chorlton line opening date! Unless they open it in 5 days, I'm out too!!
My forecast's long passed...

My dear Mother was over from Lpool on Saturday for the day & just after I collected her from Oxford Rd stn, I whizzed up to Morrisons in Chorlton in the car. Was telling her what a white elephant the whole S. Mcr line has turned out to be. Not even a Metro sign in the vacinity, hinting at the iminent opening...

At least there's plenty going on elsewhere, with plenty of great updates from Freel, JdR & Ashtonian, to name a few.

I may just throw a party when they actually get this signalling sorted & trams on tests.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 08:34 PM   #8512
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According to a poster on another forum, the TMS on the Trafford Depot/South Manchester Line Junction to GMEX is due to be handed over imminently.

Also to never trust an opening date set to a season LOL
Link to the other forum please!
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According to a poster on another forum, the TMS on the Trafford Depot/South Manchester Line Junction to GMEX is due to be handed over imminently.

Also to never trust an opening date set to a season LOL
If true surely testing on the Chorlton line is imminent.

Will we see the Cornbrook turn back opening first or the Chorlton line?

Could MC still go into Picc as well as MC shuttle?
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According to a poster on another forum, the TMS on the Trafford Depot/South Manchester Line Junction to GMEX is due to be handed over imminently.

Also to never trust an opening date set to a season LOL
If true surely testing on the Chorlton line is imminent.

Will we see the Cornbrook turn back opening first or the Chorlton line?

Could MC still go into Picc as well as MC shuttle?
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Timings I suppose. They need to confirm the timetable as to when the trams will depart St Web etc such that they fit between the Alty and Eccles trams at TB and Cornbrook.

I seem to remember when Phase 1 & 2 opened the railway inspectorate insisted on 6 weeks of ghost running. I think freel pointed out this is no longer required but I still imagine they'll run a ghost service at least for a short period of time.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 09:12 PM   #8516
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Heres the link

http://www.wnxxforum.com/interactive...8794&start=400

Tony Miles is a respected railway journalist who works for 'Modern railways' so I'm sure his info can be trusted

LNGCats. They already tested the Chorlton Line So dunno what else they would need to do down there, besides putting up station signs and fitting ticket machines.
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Timings I suppose. They need to confirm the timetable as to when the trams will depart St Web etc such that they fit between the Alty and Eccles trams at TB and Cornbrook.

I seem to remember when Phase 1 & 2 opened the railway inspectorate insisted on 6 weeks of ghost running. I think freel pointed out this is no longer required but I still imagine they'll run a ghost service at least for a short period of time.

I presume this can also lead to the TOS timings in the city centre and hence the demise of the Mosley St stop.
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Old May 10th, 2011, 09:24 PM   #8518
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Is TMS = Tram Management System, which I assume is the same thing as TOS (Tram Operating System)?

Just a bit confused.

So are you saying that Chorlton line is about to be handed over to Metrolink?
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There are a bunch of Duel aspect railwayesque signals on the stretch between Deansgate Castlefield and Ponoma TMS or been there for ages?
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Yes TMS = TOS.

Yes, those new signals, mostly still under plastic wrappers are TOS signals.
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