The Anonymous Widower

Manchester Metrolink’s New £350 Million Trafford Park Line To Open In April

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on Rail Magazine.

The Wikipedia entry for the Trafford Park Line, says this about the planned opening.

The final stretch of track was laid November 2019, with the first test trams running soon after. In December 2019 it was announced that the line was expected to be opened in April 2020, seven months earlier than originally planned.

I wonder why, the line is opening early.

It would be interesting to know!

It could be the old chestnut of bad planning, with planners putting in a lot of float, so they are not late.

The Junction At Pomona Station

This Google Map shows the junction at Pomona, where the Trafford Park Line leaves the Eccles Line.

I don’t know when the picture was taken, but you can clearly see tracks going West.

Wharfside Tram Stop

This Google Mapshows the Wharfside tram stop.

It does look like there are only a few more tracks to lay.

The Trafford Park Line And The Imperial War Museum North

This Google Map shows the Trafford Park Line threading its way past the IWM North.

The works seem mainly complete.

The Terminus At The Trafford Centre

This Google Map shows the Trafford Centre.

The tram stop will be in the North East of the Centre.

This enlargement shows ithe tram stop more clearly.

Note that the tracks will be extended to the North-West to Port Salford on the other side of the Mancvhester Ship Canal.

Tram Services On The Trafford Park Line

Trams will run between the Trafford Centre and Crumpsall on the Bury Line.

  • Crumpsall has been updated with a third platform.
  • Trams will call at Deansgate-Castlefield, St. Peter’s Square, Piccadilly Gardens, Market Street, Stutenhill and Manchester Victoria station in the City Centre.
  • At present there appear to be no plans to connect the Trafford Centre with Manchester Piccsadilly station.

It looks to be that some passengers will change in the City Centre to get to and from the Trafford Centre.

December 27, 2019 Posted by | Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments

Work Starts On Extending Manchester Metrolink To The Trafford Centre

This article on the BBC gives some more details.

The Manchester Metrolink seems to be expanding fast and the Trafford Park Line would appear to be planned to be open by 2020. The BBC says this.

The line is expected to open in 2020, increasing the size of the Metrolink network to more than 106.5km (66 miles).

The Trafford Park line will call at six new tram stops – Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and the Trafford Centre.

There is no word about continuing the expansion to Port Salford. But then there’s no news about sorting out the bridge over the Irwell, that the contractors dropped.

January 14, 2017 Posted by | Transport | , , , | 4 Comments

Drivers in the Rain

I came down the M6 in heavy rain from Manchester. 

It wouldn’t have been my preferred route, but on leaving the Trafford Centre, I lost the signs sending me eastwards on the M60 and hence over Snake Pass, which is an ideal road for a Lotus Elan.  It used to be on my route to Liverpool University from where I lived with my parents in Felixstowe.  Today that seems strange, but remember in 1965, there was no M6 from the M1 to Stafford and no M62, so you had to go round the major traffic jam that was the Midlands.

Yesterday, the traffic was heavy on the M6 and I drove most of the way sensibly in the middle lane on the legal limit for most of the way. 

What got me was the number of 4x4s that were driving at perhaps ninety in the outside lane. The Lotus was handling the conditions well, but a 4×4 handles several times worse and I would not have felt safe at that sort of speed in such a vehicle.  Perhaps they feel safe with all metal around them.

But no wonder why there are so many accidents.  In fact, it was more by luck than judgement that I didn’t meet any, as several motorways were closed. 

But you need some luck sometimes and I got home safely just before seven.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

Trafford Centre

In my view there is only one good reason to go to the Trafford Centre in Manchester and that is to go to Carluccio’s for some nice gluten-free pasta.  The place was designed straight out of the if it’s got crap statues on it, then it must be good school of architecture.

The Trafford Centre

The Trafford Centre

Look at them all around the roof.

At least I had a chance to take a picture of the Lotus in the car park.

Lotus Elan at Trafford Centre

Lotus Elan at Trafford Centre

I’d been to the Trafford Centre before and then I’d tried to buy something in Selfridges.  So I’d asked where the Store Directory was and was told that they didn’t have one.  Either the girl was having me on or they have one of the most warped marketing philosophies I’ve ever heard of.  And then there was the shop where I wanted to buy some new shoes for real tennis.  I use indoor court shoes and he couldn’t show me anything at all, so I left.

No wonder retail is in meltdown with methods and training like that!

But still on this visit, I saw some wannabe footballers wives preening themselves outside the restaurant.  I didn’t like the pink stilettos.

July 6, 2009 Posted by | Food, Transport | , , , , | 2 Comments