Altrincham Interchange works – 15 June 2014 ….

Posted on June 15th, 2014, by The Chairman

Courtesy of Mike Battman, here are pictures from this morning showing the developing works ….

Mike says ….

“Went down in the murk and rain this morning to see what is happening at the Interchange – took some photos …..

One issue that might be worth highlighting is that the footpath from Moss Lane bridge is currently closed for renovation (I assume). One of the photos shows it blocked off. Not sure how long this closure will be in place, but it could affect people coming from that area of town.”

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  1. Paul W Says:

    I notice that despite previous advertising, trams worked through to Altrincham on Saturday and were not terminating at Timperley as the orginal plan.It seems that the Transformation information website http://www.transformationinformation.co.uk/ despite having links from the TfGM Metrolink pages doesn’t always catch up with changes to plans.

    Due to work on the platforms on Sunday, the Metrolink tram replacement buses had human pavement ticket sellers on Victoria St to cater for passengers who had no access to the Metrolink ticket machines on Platform 1.

  2. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    Mike,

    They’ve opened a new walkway from near the south end of platform 1 out towards Stamford New Road.

  3. Mike Battman Says:

    Andrew, yes, I appreciate that, but if you’d parked in Tesco (say) it adds a good 200-yards to your walk to get to the station. If you are on the last moment that could be critical.

  4. Mike Battman Says:

    I was down at the station this morning taking a few photos, I spoke to one of the supervisors who expects the old footbridge to go “Sometime in October”

  5. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    Mike,

    I find that a bit surprising because the Friends of Altrincham Interchange have been told that the new footbridge and the bus station will open together at the end of the year.

  6. Mike Battman Says:

    Andrew,

    I suppose that is still just about achievable it would give them 2-months to patch and tidy up.

  7. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    Mike,

    Surely the old footbridge has to remain in use until the new bridge opens? The alternatives via Moss Lane bridge or the footbridge near the Barrington are just too far and inconvenient.

  8. Mike Battman Says:

    Oh yes, the new footbridge will be in use by mid-October, it is not far off ready now as far as I can see.

  9. Jen Says:

    If Traveline is correct then buses will start departing from Altrincham Interchange again from next Monday.

  10. The Chairman Says:

    I used to use Transport Direct until it closed in September.

    We were on holiday in Cornwall during November. I used Traveline to plan a trip from St Ives to Land’s End. In the event, the day was messed up as Traveline got 3 of the 4 legs wrong. The bus timetable in both directions from Penzance to Land’s End included buses that don’t run, and the return train leg omitted trains which existed. Not impressed to put it mildly.

    I’ve written to them to complain, sending screen shots and also copies of the timetables I subsequently produced from the local train and bus companies.

  11. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    John,

    In our story about the closure of Transport Direct in the last MCRUA newsletter we did recommend Google Maps as the best alternative website as it provides virtually identical functionality to Transport Direct (apart from information about disabled access).

  12. Jen Says:

    Be careful if you’re using Google Maps for planning rail journeys as it doesn’t allow the correct minimum connection time for larger stations e.g. 10 minutes for Manchester Piccadilly.

  13. Mike Battman Says:

    From elsewhere on the web…

    [I]Apparently the ” Integrated Interchange” is subject to a lot of falling out as to who does what!
    Various parties are “banned” from walking on some parts of the place as demarcation lines have been drawn!
    I am told it will be a TfGM run establishment at the end – the unfinished building works is a TfGM managed project.
    And TfGM want to go back to running the buses under ” Devo Manc” !! ?? [/I]

    Now I don’t know if that any of that is true but it could help to explain the unbelievable time it is taking to complete the interchange improvements.
    The canopies appear to be complete but the lifts are not. The site cabins have now gone.
    The footbridge stairs and floor doesn’t look like it has ever been cleaned since it opened and some of the stair nosings (I think that’s the correct term) appear to have broken off.
    There was also a pigeon flying up and down the bridge on Sunday!

  14. Andrew Macfarlane Says:

    I understand that there is a machine which will be used to clean the footbridge floor but it needs the lifts to get it up there. You couldn’t make it up. So there is hope for the future.

  15. Edd Says:

    I also agree that the redevelopment of Altrincham Interchange is taking too long and that the redeveloped parts aren’t being looked after.

    Last Saturday I was pleased to see the LED displays on platforms 3 and 4 were working. Then a few minutes before the 16:46 train for Chester was due it flashed up a disconnection error and went to message about phoning an 0845 number for train running information.

  16. Mike Battman Says:

    Called in this afternoon to buy tickets for tomorrow’s trip to Nottingham.

    Lifts still not working.
    Repair work seems to be happening to some of the floor tiling. The stairs look a mess with the nosings peeling. Not at all good.

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