SJ8499 : Metrolink Single-Line Working at Manchester Victoria

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Metrolink Single-Line Working at Manchester Victoria
Metrolink Single-Line Working at Manchester Victoria
Due to the major improvement works being carried out at Victoria Station, Manchester Metrolink services through this area have been altered with single line working only possible through the station area to Shudehill.

Trams are running in both directions over the outbound line, but not stopping at the old platform. The existing facing cross–over, previously used for trams from Bury and terminating at Victoria, is being used for inbound trams crossing over to the outbound line.

A form of token working is being used. The driver must carry the token; unless there is to be more than one tram in the same direction, when he must be shown the token and given the authority to proceed. A temporary shelter has been erected to house the ‘signalman’ who controls the line.

Here, Metrolink tram number 3065 is crossing from the single line to the outbound line whilst 3006, on the inbound line, waits to collect the token before proceeding towards Shudehill after 3065 has cleared the line.

Single line operation commenced on Monday 24th February 2014 and is expected to continue for approximately nine months.
Manchester Victoria Station Refurbishment, 2013-2015
Built in 1844, Manchester Victoria is a transport interchange station for train, tram and bus welcoming over six million passengers annually; various parts of the Victoria building are Grade II listed. In 2009, Victoria had the unfortunate distinction of being labelled “Britain’s worst station” (DfTs “Better Stations” report). Coupled with that, the station roof, which was a muddle of a design, was in very poor condition, a situation exacerbated by the IRA bomb in 1996 that caused significant damage in the centre of the city. The facilities met neither basic passenger expectations nor did they project the welcoming modern image expected by the many visitors arriving into Manchester in the twenty-first century.

Work to refurbish the station finally began in 2013. The refurbishment, which is scheduled to take until 2015, involves:

• Improvements to the footbridge spanning platforms 3-6 allowing for future growth in passenger numbers

• The old leaky roof replaced with a stunning new roof structure made from ETFE, the same material used at the Eden Project and the roof at Manchester Piccadilly station

• Sympathetic refurbishment to Grade II listed parts of the Victoria Buildings, (including the war memorial, glass dome, Soldiers Gate and the wall map) restoring them to their former glory

• Refurbishment of the external glass canopy, new lighting and glazed entrances to revitalise the Victoria Buildings

• Revamp of existing retail spaces and provision of new retail facilities for a better shopping experience

• Improvements to the ticket hall and external improvements to the paving on station approach

• The Metrolink facilities in Victoria are being upgraded to provide additional capacity as the network expands, this work is being incorporated into the re-roofing works

• Electrified rail lines to the station
(LinkExternal link Network Rail)

The Co-operative Society, which owns much of the land in the area, intends to build a new 14-storey hotel alongside the station.

Update: The station was officially reopened (although it was never actually closed) by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin on 6 October 2015 (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News).
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 17 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 19 September, 2014
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Railways  Construction, Development 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8419 9917 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.3400N 2:14.3847W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8408 9915
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