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Metrolink: Trafford Park Line - Park Way lane reduction

Lee Howarth

Dear Recipient,

We are writing to you to provide an update on some forthcoming work in the Parkway Circle area as part of the Metrolink Trafford Park Line scheme.

As part of our ongoing work programme in the Park Way area, we need to carry out permanent earth works to the northbound Park Way embankment area located either side of the Bridgewater Canal Bridge structure. This will require the reduction of the traffic running lanes on Park Way from two to one on the northbound carriageway towards Parkway Circle for a period of approx. 8 weeks from Sunday 21 January.

This will result in:

  • One lane only in operation towards Parkway Circle (Northbound) past the “pinch-point” at the Bridgewater Canal Bridge, near the Barton Dock Road slip road.

We appreciate this may cause some inconvenience but unfortunately due to the nature of this work, we are unable to operate two lanes whilst the essential earthworks and structural works are carried out for safety reasons. We will continue to monitor traffic management measures as we carry out the work and amend the works where practicable. Highway users may wish to seek alternative routes during this time or avoid peak travel times if possible.

All work is agreed in partnership with Trafford Council as the local highways authority.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the above, or feel you or your business would benefit from a meeting or information event, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team at MetrolinkTPL@tfgm.com or call us on 0161 244 1555 (lines open during office hours).

Kind Regards

Metrolink

Samantha Wallace
Senior Communications Officer

Metrolink

Transport for Greater Manchester

2 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BG

www.tfgm.com

Customer improvements at centre of Metrolink service pattern change

Lee Howarth

Metrolink customers are set to benefit from later running trams, better connections and improved capacity and resilience when a service pattern change is introduced later this month.

The changes, which come into effect on Sunday 28 January, will see:

  • Airport line services running to Victoria* (previously Deansgate-Castlefield), providing better connections and additional capacity through the regional city.
  • Sunday services extended by approximately an hour into the evening.
  • Additional platforms at Altrincham and Victoria stops brought into operation to improve reliability; customers are advised to check when using these stops.
  • Services from MediaCityUK running to Etihad Campus (previously Piccadilly).
  • Altrincham services that previously ran to Etihad Campus terminating at Piccadilly.

Please click here to see further information from the full TfGM news article.

January Salford and Manchester City Centre Works

Lee Howarth

2 January 2018 onwards

There are some essential roadworks taking place across Salford and Manchester City Centre at the start of the New Year. These works will mean that journeys will take longer than usual and you should plan your route and consider your travel options in advance.

Please click here to see further details from TfGM.

 

Commuters urged to plan ahead in the New Year

Lee Howarth

Travellers are being urged to plan ahead following the festive break as some essential roadworks take place across Salford and Manchester city centres from early January.

The works, which are being undertaken by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), developers in Salford, Salford City Council and Manchester City Council, are a part of a wider regeneration programme for the transport network. Work is also being carried out to help support planned development by installing essential services such as water and power for new homes and businesses.

While these works are carried out, anyone travelling is being advised to plan their journey and allow a little extra time. TfGM has created a travel advice page to help commuters plan their travel.

Details of the works are:

London Road and Fairfield Street/Whitworth Street junction: From Wednesday 3 January, TfGM will start work to improve capacity at the junction of London Road and Fairfield Street. Once completed this work will help reduce congestion and improve journey times for hundreds of bus services as well as thousands of motorists each day. All pedestrian crossing facilities will be upgraded and a new cycle lane is being introduced on Fairfield Street. The work will take approximately three months to complete.

New Bailey Street (outside Salford Central Rail Station): From Tuesday 2 to Sunday 14 January, New Bailey Street will be closed to traffic in both directions for sewer connection works to support new residential development being built by Select Developments. The road will also be resurfaced during the closure by contractors working on behalf of English Cities Fund.

Sackville Street (near the junction with Portland Street): From Wednesday 3 January, Sackville Street will be reduced to one lane from Major Street to Portland Street for approximately three weeks to enable sewer connections for a new development to be installed. These works are being carried out by Manchester City Council.

Blackfriars Street and Trinity Way junction: From Monday 15 January work will begin to upgrade the junction between Blackfriars Street and Trinity Way. The work, which is being done by Eric Wright Civil Engineering on behalf of Salford City Council is designed to improve pedestrian crossing facilities, including new DDA compliant dropped kerbs and tactile paving. The work will also benefit motorists with improvements to traffic light timings. Traffic management restrictions will be in place and phased lane closures will be required to allow the work to be safely carried out. These works are expected to continue until May 2018.

Details of all the work taking place from January are available on the TfGM website where there is a dedicated travel advice page to help commuters plan their journey and make travel easier. Maps showing where the work is taking place are also available online.
TfGM’s Transport and Event Planning Lead, John Fryer, said: “We are taking action to minimise the effect to the transport network but we know it will still be very busy, particularly as many people return to work.

“Commuters can play their part by following our advice: plan ahead, be prepared, and think about all your travel choices.

“If you can travel at a quieter time, or in a different way – by bus, tram, bike, foot or a mixture – it can make a massive improvement not just to your journey but to people who simply don’t have a choice.”

Councillor Angeliki Stogia, Executive Member for Environment and Skills for Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester is a growing, thriving city and it's important that we have the infrastructure to support this success. Essential short term works will underpin this in the long term."

Councillor Roger Jones, executive support member for transport, from Salford City Council, added: “We have worked with the developers and our partners to co-ordinate these works as much as possible to minimise the impact”.

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

And the bells are ringing out, for your Christmas guide!

Lee Howarth

There will be some changes to services on several days and a summary is now available to help people with their travel plans.

The ‘Christmas services’ travel advice page is now online and available from Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Travelshops at bus stations and interchanges across Greater Manchester.

TfGM has been working closely with operators to help keep people moving during the busy Christmas and New Year period.

TfGM has also been working with the TravelSafe Partnership, including Greater Manchester Police to keep people safe. There will be additional officers out and about on the transport networks, including on ‘Mad Friday’, when bars and clubs across the city region are expected to be extremely busy.

Stephen Rhodes, Customer Director, said: “We want everyone to make the most of the festive period and the guide shows customers what their options are as services change during the holidays.

“It’s always good advice to plan ahead when travelling and I would urge anyone who’s making a trip over Christmas to start their journey on our website.

“Don’t get stranded, know your last service times as these will be busier than usual. We’ve been working closely with the police and other partners to keep people moving and safe.

“Having these plans in place allows visitors to have a drink and enjoy themselves, but also get to and from their destination safely.

“We will be providing extra capacity wherever possible and will have staff at key locations who will be on hand to help our customers.”

For information on public transport across Greater Manchester visit www.tfgm.com, call 0161 244 1000 (7am-8pm, Monday to Friday, and 8am-8pm at weekends and bank holidays) or follow @OfficialTfGM on Twitter.

Metrolink Trafford Park Line: Works update for the Christmas Period 2017

Lee Howarth

Dear Recipient,

We would like to provide you with an update on Metrolink work in Trafford Park for the remainder of this month and give you a look ahead into the early part of 2018.

All worksites on the Trafford Park Line will be secured and closed down on Friday 22nd December for the Christmas period and resume again on Wednesday 3rd January 2018.

Below are some key work dates for your information:

·       Victoria Place south footpath completion 22nd December 2017 with works continuing in early 2018 on the permanent highway arrangements to Trafford Wharf Road and Sir Alex Ferguson Way.

·       Village Circle junction re-modelling, highway works will re-commence in January 2018 leading into track installation works through this section in February.

·       Third Avenue: Construction of vehicle turning head – temporary waiting restrictions commence on 4th January 2018 to facilitate the works. Following completion of the turning head the permanent closure of Third Avenue at its junction with Village Way along with the permanent waiting restrictions will be introduced which is expected to be mid-February.

·       Park Way track Installation works commences December 2017 in the central reservation with the first Trafford Park Line extension rails to be installed in January 2018.

·       Junction re-modelling, highway works and track construction will continue around Park Way Circle in January 2018.

·       Barton Dock Road track installation to commence late January 2018 past Holiday Inn and Event City.

·       Mercury Way track installation to commence February 2018 (works will be completed in two section and access maintained at all times)

·       Track work to Phoenix Way (Barton Square/Event City) crossing also to commence circa March 2018

·       Peel Circle area: Junction re-modelling and highway works will re-commence January 2018 following the Christmas embargo period

Traffic Orders

Third Avenue, Trafford Park - Temporary prohibition of waiting: The Order is to facilitate the construction of the turning head on Third Avenue, the extents of which are shown on the attached plan. This Order will come into operation on the 4th January 2018 and is expected to remain in force for a period of approximately 2 months.

Third Avenue, Trafford Park- Permanent prohibition of driving order (except for tramcars and cycles): Third Avenue will be closed to general traffic from its junction with Village Way for an approximate distance of 25 metres in a northerly direction, as shown on the attached plan. This Order is currently expected to come into force on the 12th February 2018, but will be dependent on the progress of the works.

Third Avenue, Trafford Park- Permanent Waiting Restrictions: There will be no waiting at any time restrictions introduced along the full length of the west side of Third Avenue, around the new turning head and up the east side to a point 73 metres south of Trafford Park Road, as shown on the attached plan. This Order is currently expected to come into force on the 19th February 2018, but will be dependent on the progress of the works.

The notices of intent are attached for your information. Please note for the Permanent Orders these are currently in draft format until dates have been confirmed.

If you have any questions or queries regarding the above, or feel you or your business would benefit from a meeting or information event, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team at MetrolinkTPL@tfgm.com or call us on 0161 244 1555 (lines open during office hours). You can also contact Volker Rail Control (24 hour contact) on 01724 878 399 should you need to contact us over the Christmas period.

Finally, we would like to thank you for all your co-operation and patience whilst we have carried out extensive work in the Trafford Park area this year.

From everyone on the Trafford Park Line team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Kind regards,

Karen Aldcroft,
Public Liaison Officer, Metrolink Projects.
Transport for Greater Manchester