Tram Management System (TMS) coming to Altrincham ….

Posted on January 29th, 2016, by The Chairman

Paul Wilkinson writes …

Regarding the Tram Management System (TMS) on Metrolink – yet to be implemented on the Network Rail managed part of the line between Timperley and Altrincham.

Whilst previously it was expected the tram location system allowing the Passenger Information Displays (PIDs) to be switched on in the first quarter of 2016, this has now been further delayed to 2nd Quarter 2016, i.e. by 30 June 2016.

From the agenda papers for TfGMC Capital Projects and Policy meeting on 5 February –

Detail here.

Metrolink Capital update

Detail here.

2.5 In addition to the 2CC section, only two sections for migration to TMS control from the existing legacy system remain:
• Crumpsall to Bury
• Timperley to Altrincham

2.6 Crumpsall to Bury final migration to TMS control will take place in Quarter 2 2016. The tram location works were complete in 2015 which enabled the Passenger Information Displays to be commissioned in advance of the signalling work. The signalling installation work has commenced and the test phase is due to commence in April 2016.

2.7 Timperley to Altrincham migration will be the final phase of the TMS Phase 3 programme of works and the final commissioning is planned for Quarter 2 2016. The migration to TMS control is only up to the boundary with Network Rail and trams will continue to operate under Network Rail control beyond this point. The tram location system will be installed on Network Rail assets to enable tram tracking and the commissioning of the Passenger Information Displays at Timperley, Navigation Road and Altrincham Stops.

2.8 Once the final section of the existing Metrolink sections have been migrated to TMS control, the removal of the legacy signalling system can be undertaken. This will include the removal of old signals, trackside cabinets and cabling. Work is due to complete by Quarter 1 2017.

Under the Interchanges update:

Detail here

2. Altrincham Interchange

2.1 The new bus facility at Altrincham Interchange opened to the public on 7 December 2014.

2.2 During November 2015, Customer Surveys were undertaken as part of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to measure the level of satisfaction of users of the new interchange when compared to the previous facility. 92% of respondents reported being satisfied with the new interchange, citing the clean and modern features, the proximity of all transport modes and the safe and secure environment; this compared to a satisfaction rating of 73% prior to delivery of the scheme.

2.3 In addition, there was also a reported increase in the passenger perception of being safe during hours of darkness and around a fifth of respondents reported using the interchange more often since the redevelopment.

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  1. John Boardman Says:

    Not really bothered about the TMS being operational.
    I have all day , so can wait for a train or a tram, and a bus even.
    I can’t wait for the toilet.
    Shut again this week.
    Will somebody in control please tell me why

  2. Jen Says:

    It seems to have taken it’s time to get to Altrincham, the new displays were fitted years ago.

    Slightly related Infotec (who created the new small Northern CIS displays) have done a press release on their product: http://www.infotec.co.uk/2015/11/new-p1199-display-ideal-for-small-stations/ where they describe the displays as ideal for small and rural stations. It’s interesting Northern decided to fit them at Knutsford, which DfT class as a category D station. While the new CIS is welcome I don’t know how the small displays be able to cope with 2tph where stopping patterns between services are different. Maybe the next Arriva franchise should get fit new larger CIS at Greenbank, Northwich and Knutsford with the existing smaller displays from those stations moved to Ashley, Mobberley and Plumley?

  3. Lord Harry of Sodor Says:

    Thanks for this very interesting article Jen. It just goes to show that Northern do NOT know what their customers wanted. There was no discussion with MCRUA about what type of CIS was wanted on the Mid Cheshire Line stations. They just rolled out a cheap solution without consultation at 3 of our busiest stations and your suggestion of moving them to Ashley Mobberley and Plumley when we have 2 tph is a very sensible approach to correcting Northern’s serious error of judgement.

  4. Jen Says:

    Northwich now has a larger CIS on the Manchester bound platform and a small one on the Chester platform. Knutsford still has small ones on both platforms.

  5. Harry Boardman Says:

    Northwich has had the larger CIS on the Manchester bound platform since Day 1.

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