Metrolink Update – mid May 2014 ….

Posted on May 15th, 2014, by The Chairman

Following the closures of the tram lines around Altrincham last weekend, work has enabled the Line of Sight working to be extended outbound from Old Trafford Station near the cricket ground as far as just south of Brooklands Station.

Inbound to the City, the last railway type signal is now just north of Deansgate Lane Level Crossing which forms the boundary between Network Rail and Metrolink control.

Line of sight / TMS has spread out down the line to just after Brooklands outbound, and inbound the last signal being at the boundary of Network Rail and Metrolink control just north of Deansgate Lane level crossing.

Thus trams can travel close to each other when there is disruption on the system. This has enabled the Passenger Information Displays (PIDs) to show the next three trams due at Stretford, Dane Road, Sale and Brooklands stations.

The next stage will be extending TMS to Timperley turnback siding, and the interface between Network Rail and Metrolink for the control of the single track between Deansgate Lane and Navigation Rd and the two level crossings currently controlled by Deansgate Lane signal box.

Improvement works mean that further closures of the tram network:

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 May 2014: (Bank Holiday Monday now not affected)
No trams south of the city centre: Trams will operate:
• Bury to Ashton
• Rochdale to Etihad Campus
Replacement buses:
• Altrincham to Piccadilly
• Eccles to Piccadilly via MediaCityUK
• East Didsbury to Piccadilly
Replacement buses do not call at Victoria, Market Street or Pomona. Please buy your ticket from a Metrolink ticket machine before boarding the replacement bus.

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June 2014:
No tram services from Central Park / Crumpsall to Market Street through the single track section at Victoria.
Trams will operate:
• Altrincham to Piccadilly
• Bury to Crumpsall
• Rochdale to Central Park
• East Didsbury to Piccadilly
• Eccles to Ashton-under-Lyne via MediaCityUK
Replacement buses:
• Crumpsall to Piccadilly
• Central Park to Piccadilly
Replacement buses do not call at Victoria or Market Street. Please buy your ticket from a Metrolink ticket machine before boarding the replacement bus.

Work on the new footbridge at Altrincham continues and once open, the old footbridge will be removed, either on the weekend of 24/25 May or a further weekend. There is an amount of wiring, including Metrolink overhead, attached to the existing bridge which will need moving prior to removal of the bridge.

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  1. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    The new footbridge at Altrincham station will not be brought into use until September so I am assuming that the 1881 bridge will remain in use until then.

  2. Mike Battman Says:

    When I was there on Monday afternoon there was a lot of work to be done to the footbridge before it would be ready for passenger use.
    It is to be brick clad though; the brickies have started on the pier on Platform 2/3 – September seems a lot more realistic than later this month. Expect more line closures!

  3. Mike Battman Says:

    Airport Line update:

    From 22 June 2014 tram testing will commence from the East Didsbury line junction along the line to Sale Water Park!
    These will be gauge testing and probably at night with police escort.

  4. Mike Battman Says:

    A further update from WNXX…

    [I]The new Metrolink line to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport will launch before the year is out – more than 12 MONTHS ahead of schedule.

    Trams will start to run along part of the route from Monday 23 June as the very first stages of a thorough testing and commissioning process get under way.
    The 14.5km route, delivered by the MPT consortium, is one of the biggest live civil engineering projects in the country.
    Several major purpose-built structures have been built as part of the programme, including a viaduct over the Mersey Valley, two new bridges over the M60 and M56, and the Ringway Road dual carriageway and underpass at Manchester Airport.
    All of the existing highway and street lighting and road signs along the entire route have been renewed and significant urban realm improvements have been made around each of the line’s 15 new stops.
    A 300-space Park and Ride facility at Sale Water Park, free for Metrolink passengers to use, will serve the line.
    Services will initially run between Manchester Airport and Cornbrook, every 12 minutes.

    They will start to run through the city centre once the Second City Crossing is complete in 2017.[/I]

    Disappointing that they are only going to Cornbrook, but maybe they will extend to Deansgate Castlefield when the third platform opens

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