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Exciting Video Action: Metrolink's Sexy VT

Fly-through (OK rumble-through) video of Metrolink's Second City Crossing

Written by . Published on February 8th 2012.

Exciting Video Action: Metrolink's Sexy VT

AT THE Cityco Annual Review Philip Purdy, the Director of Metrolink, treated us to a sexy video.

That's because the Wheel is to disappear in April, and while the city council would like it back no site has been found to accommodate it.

Well, sexy, if you like trams, and infrastructure. In that case this is really hot stuff and we've got our sweaty hands on it.

The video shows trams scooting through the city centre on the proposed 'second city crossing' down Princess Street and Cross Street, then through Exchange Square and into Victoria Station.

This short extra line is needed because the number of trams using the city centre on the single existing line is already a problem.

When additional lines to Ashton, Didsbury and Oldham and Rochdale open, it would be reckless to expect the Piccadilly Gardens lines to take all that weight of traffic. 

The video shows the controversial re-positioning of the Cenotaph in St Peter's Square and also no Wheel of Manchester in Exchange Square. 

That's because the Wheel is to disappear in April, and while the city council would like it back no site has been found to accommodate it.

The Wheel apparently takes around half a million rides a year. Still it's had a good run.

Anyway that aside, the graphic modelling on the Town Hall and other buildings in this video is superb. 

Enjoy it, maybe with some Manchester music. We watched it accompanied by the Smiths 'Oscillate Wildly'.

By the way work on the line is due to start in 2013 subject to planning permission and so forth. 

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27 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Obligatory Moan About The CenotaphFebruary 8th 2012.

"Artist impression of St Peter's - subject to international design competition" but no mention of it being subject to planning permission or Listed Building Consent though? Its seems the moving of the Cenotaph is a fait accompli and the tedious matter of planning permission and Listed Building Consent will prove no obstacle - once the planning committee have been suitably 'briefed'.

Nice video though.

EugeneFebruary 8th 2012.

This line really really needs to run down Deansgate to serve spinningfields and provide greater accessibility to the Salford central area. Princes St and Cross St are too narrow and as for Exchange Sq.....it's hardly gonna be pleasant to sit there watching the big screen with your lunch and trams flying past in behind you!

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the Whalley RangerFebruary 8th 2012.

Agree with you about the route.

I cannot see why they are not covering a greater catchment area by running down Deansgate. This was demonstrated quite impressively in a previous article.

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

There's a small problem of cars using Deansgate. Thousands and thousands of cars, every day.

Calum McGFebruary 9th 2012.

Anon - and less now they're being forced onto the ring road (see top of Quay Street as an example). Eugene - we tried a brief (but too late) Trams4Deansgate campaign. We did our little bit, but although we were given audience with TfGM, we fell on deaf ears. So I guess now, a second link is better than NO link, but agree it should have been down Deansgate. Further, short-term decision-making.

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

There's already too much traffic on Deansgate since they decided to close Cross Street to traffic during the day.

the Whalley RangerFebruary 9th 2012.

ManCon take note: too much traffic on Deansgate, hahaha!

tblzebraFebruary 10th 2012.

If this is still a 'proposal' Ali McG, why was your campaign too late? Deansgate seems far more sensible to me.

Or is it a fait accomplis, as the 'choice' they've presented isn't a choice at all, but just the one option?

Phil WalkerFebruary 15th 2012.

TBLZEBRA - I would imagine this is the only option - the metrolink lot just do whatever suits them - the public have no say in anything - like the line through the centre of Droylsden that goes up the main road - I've yet to find a single person in Droylsden who actually wants the tram - but it went ahead anyway, despite complaints

Jill JillianFebruary 8th 2012.

It seems that Metrolink has found a new way of powering their trams,no gantries, powercables or signs talk about rose tinted spectacles

Steve RomanFebruary 8th 2012.

Still no mention of what will happen to the dedicated trees and plaques in the current Peace Garden, recognising Anne Frank, Raoul Wallenberg, the African victims of Slavery, workers killed at work, and others.

Dave SilverFebruary 8th 2012.

Since MCC wants to be so green, have they considered the needs of cyclists? Doesn't look like it :(

JoanFebruary 9th 2012.

Details of a scheme to provide 3 Cycle Hubs in the city are here

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February 9th 2012.

Appalling document. We need separate cycle paths; not showers. Cycling should be a simple and safe choice. Expecting people to weave in and out of traffic then go for a shower in a shed is outrageous. Separate lanes make for a relaxed, non-sweaty experience. So simple.

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

And what plans are in place for the free Metroshuttles (buses)? It looks like they may need re-routing...

Jane BourneFebruary 9th 2012.

Seems a tight squeeze under the corporation st foorbridge between Arndale and Selfridges , Wheres the power line gonna go ??

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AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

I would think they've probably considered that, don't you think?

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

The Ashton line is going straight into Piccadilly station (useful.....) so won't affect Piccadilly Gardens route as mentioned above.

Fitz LinsonFebruary 9th 2012.

I like how at 1.54 in the video they gloss over the traffic problem, with a artic lorry at the lights and the tram fast approaching from behind.

These additions look great, however I imagine a great many people arrive via Manchester Piccadilly and it seems to be really isolated on the whole system, is that interchange going to be re-configured?

(Osicllate Wildly a great choice Mr Schofield)

AnonymousFebruary 9th 2012.

St Peter's Square becomes like large parts of Picc Gardens - a no-mans land between tram tracks. This is a stupid idea, stupidly realised. Why do we always do this to ourselves? Deansgate would be by far the better option.

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user1770February 10th 2012.

Please please not another wasteland like Picc has become...

Phil WalkerFebruary 15th 2012.

we're not doing this to ourselves - we are having it done to us by them

AnonymousFebruary 13th 2012.

Where are the protected cycle lanes?

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Julie JohnsonMarch 26th 2012.

That's a very good point. I raised this at one of the "second city crossing" consulations. The developer murmured something about shared space going behind the platforms in Exchange Square. Then he said the drawings weren't finalised and pointed out they didn't even include the Manchester eye/wheel. But now apparently that's going, so maybe the drawings were finalised after all.

TimmachineFebruary 13th 2012.

Yes, where are the protected cycle lanes in this flat, cycle-able city? We need some copenhagen-style sanity brought to our streets.

Manchester BeeFebruary 14th 2012.

I feel they should have given the Deansgate route a more serious consideration. Or perhaps, given up on expanding the tram network any more. VAL rail system is the future...

Julie JohnsonMarch 26th 2012.

Nice video. For anyone interested in all the Metrolink routes - current and planned - they've been mapped on a google map here:

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