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Gonna post a couple from my end of Manchester :)

Firstly, we have the new Wythenshawe Interchange:

IMG_4601 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4602 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4604 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4608 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4609 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4610 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4615 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4616 by Richardio123, on Flickr

And a few from between Wythenshawe Town/Civic Centre to Manchester Airport

IMG_4633 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4637 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4642 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4646 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4647 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Shadowmoss, in the Airport's runway undershoot
IMG_4649 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4650 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4653 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4654 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4655 by Richardio123, on Flickr

That's 50 mph not kmh :banana:

IMG_4658 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4660 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Short stubby poles due to the proximity to the runway approach

IMG_4661 by Richardio123, on Flickr

The newly constructed Ringway Road West dual carriageway, start of the future SEMMS relief road

IMG_4663 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4664 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Running alongside Manchester Business Park

IMG_4666 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Trams lined up ready for testing

IMG_4670 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Manchester Airport Ground Transport Interchange (station)

IMG_4674 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4675 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4677 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4681 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Rail platform 4 and the future Metrolink platforms

IMG_4684 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4685 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4691 by Richardio123, on Flickr

And to finish, a picture of a FTPE class 350/4 ready for a run to Edinburgh :)

IMG_4692 by Richardio123, on Flickr

:banana:
 

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Manchester Piccadilly
Manchester's main railway station serving all corners of the county as well as suburban Manchester routes. It's served by First TransPennine Express, Northern, Virgin Trains, Cross Country, Arriva Trains Wales & East Midlands Trains.
Originally posted on the projects and construction thread because I thought it was this thread!

Northern Rail - Class 323 - 323236 by MadAboutTrains, on Flickr
Northern operated 323.

350409+350401 by Lukas31 Transport Photography, on Flickr
Pair of FTPE 350/4s, introduced onto Scottish workings from December 13 following the completion of phase one north western electrification.

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East Midlands Trains HST working a special to St Pancras during a blockade in the WCML.

Manchester Piccadilly by DarloRich2009, on Flickr
A cross country voyager stands on the left of the photo with a working to Bournemouth, to the right a northern 323 stands at the buffers with a FTPE 185 behind it most likely reversing to head off across the Pennines or to the Airport.

Manchester Piccadilly by DarloRich2009, on Flickr
An Arriva Trains Wales 175 stands at platform 14 with a working to North Wales.
 

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Official from TfGM:

http://www.tfgm.com/Corporate/media_centre/Pages/News.aspx?articleId=523

Greater Manchester transport leaders call for more accessible rail station funding
05 September 2014

Transport leaders today called on government for increased funding to improve access to the 54 local rail stations in Greater Manchester that still do not have step-free access.

At a meeting of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee’s Capital Projects and Policy sub-committee, members unanimously backed a motion calling for funding to allow step-free access to all Greater Manchester stations within the next 10 years.

There are currently 96 stations in Greater Manchester, and 42 (44%) are defined as accessible, improving on the national average of around 80% stations across the country without step-free access to every platform.

Last year Greater Manchester submitted a bid to the Department for Transport’s national Access for All fund – which offers £100 million for accessibility improvements between 2014-19.

However, no Greater Manchester stations were among the 42 across the country approved for accessibility funding improvements.

If a station is inaccessible, train operating companies have to provide alternative transport, at no extra cost above the ticket price, to the nearest or most convenient station.
 

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^^Still on track for October reopening?
I believe the plan is for 2 of the Metrolink platforms to re-open sometime in November with the 3rd following sometime afterwards. The main station won't be finished until sometime next year though. :banana:
 
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Airport to Roundthorn Metrolink update

As more and more fences are coming down, finishing touches are being made to the line, ready for the predicted opening in October!

Works progressing at the Airport terminus

IMG_4694 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4697 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Aviator Way/Manchester Business Park

IMG_4700 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Emergency access complete and now with bollards

IMG_4701 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Fencing all gone, looking splendid

IMG_4702 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4703 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Final level tarmac all finished

IMG_4704 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4705 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4706 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Awaiting one final bollard

IMG_4707 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Shadowmoss stop

IMG_4708 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Putting the final level of tarmac on the pavement near Peel Hall

IMG_4709 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Further along near the Virgin Media office, fencing all removed and pavement patched up

IMG_4710 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4711 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Robinswood Road inbound platform

IMG_4712 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4713 by Richardio123, on Flickr

The platform here is getting finishing touches, such as litter bins

IMG_4716 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4717 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Outbound

IMG_4719 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4720 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Track running alongside Simonsway and the Asda supermarket

IMG_4721 by Richardio123, on Flickr

At the bend into the Town centre, near the Forum centre

IMG_4722 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Work is progressing quickly on the Wythenshawe Interchange, with the travelshop steel work already erected

IMG_4724 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4725 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4726 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4727 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Metrolink platforms

IMG_4729 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4730 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Fences not long gone from here, requires an urgent litter-pick though!

IMG_4731 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Along on to Brownley road

IMG_4732 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4733 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Benchill

IMG_4736 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Sweeping curve on to Holyhedge road

IMG_4737 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4739 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Holyhedge shops

IMG_4740 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4742 by Richardio123, on Flickr

The road here is a lot wider than before!

IMG_4743 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Part of the road was coned off, they seemed to be grinding a small amount of concrete out next to the rails but only every so often

IMG_4744 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4745 by Richardio123, on Flickr

End of the road

IMG_4749 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Over the M56

IMG_4747 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4748 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Martinscroft stop

IMG_4751 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4753 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4754 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4759 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Roundthorn crossover

IMG_4760 by Richardio123, on Flickr

one of the points machines

IMG_4761 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4762 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Roundthorn stop

IMG_4763 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4764 by Richardio123, on Flickr

IMG_4765 by Richardio123, on Flickr

Along towards Baguley, the first example of "No Entry Except trams" on the Airport Line

IMG_4766 by Richardio123, on Flickr

And that's all from me! :banana:
 

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More progress from Victoria and Deansgate Castlefield over the last few days.

Firstly one or two from Victoria last Friday.

From the east footbridge the reinforcement for the new outbound line is going in. This shows just how close to the main station platform 1 track the Metrolink outbound comes.

P1040799 by sghyde, on Flickr

The base walls for the southern island are now almost complete and one wall of the other island is well advanced.

P1040801 by sghyde, on Flickr

From the mezzanine.

P1040815 by sghyde, on Flickr

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On my way to work today I took one or two photos at Deansgate where I had heard that they had started to lay out the twin block sleepers for the new inbound loop.

Not only sleepers but the core of the ramp at the city end has been poured now.

P1070234 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1070236 by sghyde, on Flickr

The track slab looking west

P1070238 by sghyde, on Flickr

and passing under the temporary access ramp.

P1070239 by sghyde, on Flickr

By this afternoon a number of rails were stacked ready for installation.

P1070240 by sghyde, on Flickr

and work was in progress at the west end where the new loop will open out to run round the back of the platform.

P1070241 by sghyde, on Flickr
 

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From Rail Journal:

http://www.railjournal.com/index.php/light-rail/more-m5000-lrvs-for-manchester.html?channel=542

More M5000 LRVs for Manchester
Friday, September 12, 2014



TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has placed an order worth £34m with a consortium of Bombardier and Vossloh Kiepe for 16 additional M5000 Flexity LRVs for the city's expanding Metrolink light rail network.

The vehicles are due to be delivered by 2017 and will take Metrolink's M5000 fleet to 120 units.

The additional order has been funded through the British government's Local Growth Fund. TfGM says it initially expected the funding to pay for 12 trams, but favourable exchange rates and the lower unit cost of a larger order prompted it to buy four additional vehicles
 

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New renders of additional platforms at stations that they are part of Orsall Chord project. Manchester Piccadilly's two new additional platforms:



And new look of Manchester Oxford Road station. The entrance will remained unchanged, because of listed status, but terminus platform will be gone:

 

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The opening of the Metrolink Line to Manchester Airport moved closer today with the start of daytime running.

With the news that some day time running was likely starting today I decided to have a walk through from Martinscroft to the Airport to try to catch some of the action. Setting out with high hopes despite having been tipped off that there would only be one tram in use I began to get a little worried when I had seen nothing by the time I reached Wythenshawe. Plodding on and still nothing by the time I reached Shadowmoss. Walking onto Aviator Way something prompted me to cross the track onto Ringway Road at the first pedestrian crossing and double back to get a couple of shots on the outside of the curve and guess what!

Lurking in the distance at Shadowmoss was a tram.

P1070563 by sghyde, on Flickr

I had to wait around for quite a while before they moved off but managed to get a few shots as 3066 rounded the curve.

P1070569 by sghyde, on Flickr

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and accelerated away towards the Airport.

P1070576 by sghyde, on Flickr

I thought I might hang around down at the end of Aviator Way to catch them leaving the Underpass but after waiting nearly half an hour I decided to cut my losses and head for my train. However luck held out and I was greeted with this sight from the transport interchange.

P1070599 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1070600 by sghyde, on Flickr

The view from the platform ramp to the station.

P1070602 by sghyde, on Flickr

From the bufferstops those roof columns get in the way.

P1070604 by sghyde, on Flickr

No better really from the other end.

P1070609 by sghyde, on Flickr

Whilst waiting for a train back to town I kept my fingers crossed 3066 would depart and again my luck held.

P1070617 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1070619 by sghyde, on Flickr

P1070621 by sghyde, on Flickr

Away under Ringway Road.

P1070624 by sghyde, on Flickr

Patience rewards those who wait!
 
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