Metrolink Update – September 2013 ….

Posted on September 17th, 2013, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes ….

From Monday 9 September 2013 Metrolink have re-timed the double unit service on the Altrincham to Bury route to better provide better capacity in the morning peak. Two out of the ten Altrincham – Bury direct trams run as single units. Metrolink have adjusted which two are singles in the sequence of the Altrincham – Bury service which operates every 12 minutes.

Previously the two singles were consecutive, which meant that the two Bury trams just after 8am were both single units giving a 36 minute gap in double trams between 0753 and 0829 – just at the height of the peak demand. This re-occurred every even hour though the day. Now the 0741 Altrincham-Bury is a single unit, rather than a double unit, with the next two Bury trams 0753 and 0805 both doubles. The 0817 is still a single unit.

All Piccadilly – Altrincham trams (which also operate every 12 minutes) are usually all singles, but are doubles when there is an event on at Old Trafford or in the City, or improvement works have resulted in the withdrawal of the Bury direct service.

A letter from Metrolink Customer Services says:

Thank you for your recent correspondence regarding double trams on the Altrincham and Bury route.

As you may be aware, we strive to use the fleet of trams we have available as efficiently as possible and as more trams become available we will increase the use of trams in double formation. It will be further increased to 10 double trams in the near future which will significantly improve the service we provide along this route.

With regard to your comments concerning the availability of double trams on the network, we phase the doubles across the network to serve customers travelling in both directions between Altrincham and Bury at the times of highest demand.

We recognise that the majority of our customers travel to the city centre from 7am and hence we provide more double units from that particular time. However, I would like to thank you for your feedback and assure you that your comments will be used along any further review of our fleet arrangement.

We will also be undertaking additional monitoring of the services over the next few months and we will use this information to inform decisions regarding measures to improve the service and capacity delivery.

On another note:

The extension from Droylsden to Ashton is said to be opening on 9 October 2013.

The opening of the new stop at Queens Road on the Bury line is now said to be December 2013 (rather than September)

The extension from Rochdale Railway Station down into the Town centre is possibly before Christmas this year.

The diversion of the Oldham line through Oldham Town Centre and the closure of the existing line through the tunnels will follow in 2014

The line through Victoria Station will be restricted for nine months from January 2014, with only a single line in use and no trams stopping at Victoria.

The Airport line from Chorlton through Wythenshawe is to open in 2016.

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  1. Mike Battman Says:

    Details are available for the plns for the revamped Deansgate-Castlefield station…

    http://www.publicaccess.manchester.gov.uk/associateddocs/selecteddoc.aspx?103196-dsx-0001.pdf

  2. Mike Battman Says:

    Extension to Ashton still on target for opening this Wednesday, 9th October.

    In other news the 2nd City Crossing has finally received government approval and should be full steam ahead now.

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