The Anonymous Widower

It’s All Go On The Manchester Metrolink

According to this article in Global Rail News, work has now started on the Second City Crossing or 2CC. But it is the last paragraph that shows how the Manchester Metrolink is developing.

November has seen several significant milestones ticked achieved for the Metrolink system, with funding confirmed for the Trafford Centre extension and the opening of the system’s new airport line.

More projects like this should be promoted if we are going to create a powerhouse across the North.

Incidentally, with my project management hat on, I don’t think the upgrading of Manchester Victoria station and the Metrolink has been planned as the partially joint project they so obviously are.

On my travels around Manchester in the last couple of years, I have sometimes found it extremely difficult to get between the two main stations; Victoria and Piccadilly. That would have been eased by making sure there was always one reliable easy-access properly-signposted  link at all times.

November 12, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

5 Comments »

  1. I agree. A tram system from Stockport would be nice too.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 12, 2014 | Reply

  2. It looks like an extension from East Didsbury to Stockport is next in line. As a visitor to Manchester, looking at the bus and train layout in Stockport, they seemed to have been designed by a sadist. But from my London-centric point of view, it would seem logical that the trams went to Stockport station to collect and deliver Virgins. But then Salford would object to money being spent outside the centre.

    Manchester is crying out for a Boris or a Ken, who represents the whole area and has a big mallet to knock heads into line.

    Comment by AnonW | November 12, 2014 | Reply

  3. We have supposed to have been getting trams here for years and years, the funding has been there and it is pulled at the last minute.

    I wouldn’t mind if we could have Boris; however, Manchester City Council are not good IMHO and in the opinion of many others. Part of the issue is that they have taken anti-discrimination laws to a ridiculous level so that unless you are a member of a minority group, they won’t employ you. And they ended up employing a lot of people who really weren’t suited to the jobs they were doing but had been appointed because of ethnicity, sexuality, disability etc.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 12, 2014 | Reply

  4. I’ve been looking at the web and will post something later.

    Some of the London boroughs have been pretty bizarre over the last decade or so, but because the Mayor has to be elected, they generally get done, what is best for the majority of Londoners.

    On a quick look at the Didsbury Stockport route, it seems to be a planners nightmare as it goes all over the place and some of the obvious route has been built on.

    Comment by AnonW | November 12, 2014 | Reply

  5. I am in Cheadle, only a couple of miles the Didsbury terminus, I don’t use it to go to Manchester because with a blue badge I can park anywhere in the city, I can literally go from shop to shop and park outside in some cases. Scooters and wheelchairs aren’t allowed on the trams, so is easier to just drive in on the rare occasions I go up there.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 12, 2014 | Reply


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