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Salford Quays

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Manchester
Manchester (the third most populated town in England) launched in 1992 the first section of Metrolink line, with Altrincham-Bury route (north-south, 30 km long), constituted by the so-called "Altrincham Line" (from Manchester G-Mex to Altrincham, 12.9 km, partly on viaduct and partly on elder railway alignements ), "Delta Junction" (new urban tram tracks in the city center from G-Mex to Victoria and Piccadilly; this 4 km section connects the external segments -on elder railway alignements- to the city center) and "Bury Line" (Victoria-Bury, 15.9 km on former railway tracks). New extensions towards Eccles and Salford Quays ("Eccles Line", 7 Km partly on segregated lanes -viaduct and gallery-) have been opened in 1999-2000, completely on new tracks.
The third phase extensions (to the Airport, Ashton-under-Lyne and Rochdale via Oldham) are in advanced planning state. A third phase is expected; it will be articultated in 2 sub-phases (ph. 3a, ph. 3b), for further 59 km of network. Phase 3a (under construction) consists in: an intermediate stretch along Eccles Line towards Mediacity UK (serving BBC, an exhibition center, museum and cultural centers) opened in 2010, a branchs from Trafford to Chorlton (St. Wersburgh Road) opened in 2011, a branch from Victoria to Oldham (by the renewal and reuse of the former Rochdale railway alignement) opened in 2012, another branch from Piccadilly to Droylsden to be completed. Phase 3b will bring these further extensions: horlton (St. Wersburgh Road)-Manchester Airport, horlton (St. Wersburgh Road)-East Didsbury, Droylsden-Ashton, Oldahm-Rochdale.
Metrolink (official site)
description uptaded on Jul 26th, 2012

map created on Jul 26th, 2012 (© 2005-2014 Ing. M. Tarozzi)

CHRONOLOGY
06-04-1992Bury–Victoria
27-04-1992Victoria–G Mex
15-06-1992G Mex–Altrincham
20-07-1992Market St./Mosley St.–Piccadilly
06-12-1999Cornbrook–Broadway
21-07-2000Broadway–Eccles
31-03-2003Shudehill stop
20-09-2010diramazione per MediaCityUK
18-04-2011Abraham Moss stop
07-07-2011Trafford Bar- St. Werburgh's Road
13-06-2012Victoria - Oldham Mumps

CountryUnited Kingdom
LineMetrolink
InhabitantsCity 2.250.000
Date opening1992
Future development:Phase 3a: Piccadilly-Droylsden; Phase 3b: Chorlton (St. Wersburgh Road)-Manchester Airport; Chorlton (St. Wersburgh Road)-East Didsbury; Droylsden-Ashton; Oldham-Rochdale
Length (km)51
Track sectionspartly on dismissed BR tracks
Stops50, average distance 1000 m
Platforms--
Platform doors--
General characteristics--
n. of vehicles32
n. of cars per vehicle2 (plans for 3 cars configuration)
Typesteel wheels bi-directional
Vehicle dimensions (m)length 29
Vehicle capacity (pax)200 (82 seated)
Frequency 6'/12'
Current/Voltage750 V DC overhead
Type of guide/gaugerails
Speed Km/hComm. 20, Max 48 (on street)/80 (on rails)
Accel./Decel. (m/sec2)--
System capacity--
Ridership52.000 pax/day; 18.8 million pax/year
Total cost6 M£/km
Staff--
System builderANSALDO
ModelT68, T68a
NOTEphase 3 (59 km) predicted cost: 1200 M£
technical data uptaded on Jul 26th, 2012