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UPDATE: Deansgate-Castlefield Station

New platform, new stairs, new bridge, new lift and whole new look for the Deansgate and Castlefield Metrolink station

Published on October 27th 2014.


UPDATE: Deansgate-Castlefield Station
 

THE TRANSFORMATION of Metrolink’s Deansgate-Castlefield station strides on.

Oh and if you're wondering about the green bits, it's called Sedum artificial grass and is being used for all the greening in between the tracks at the Deansgate Castlefield tram stop. There's a small section already down to trial it.

Completion of the station is still set for summer 2015, though we expect the improved tram stop will open much sooner - Metrolink are fond of adding cushion months to projects in case they run over.

See here, and here, and here.

Thanks to a significant European Regional Development Fund grant (ERDF), a new lift and steps are being installed at the Deansgate end of the stop as part of a wider set of improvements being delivered by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM).

Also, as part of the project, the existing footbridge linking the stop with Deansgate railway station will undergo a major refurbishment, and a new pedestrian bridge and steps will be installed at the Albion Street end.

Newly released station designNewly released station design

In addition to the access improvements, a new inbound island platform and a new outbound platform are being created at the stop, together with additional trackwork which will allow greater flexibility for operational tram movements.

In order to deliver these improvements, the stairs at the Deansgate end will be closed temporarily from Monday 3 November.

During the closure of the stairs at Deansgate, passengers will initially need to access the stop using the steps and footbridge from the nearby rail station.

Oh and if you're wondering about the green bits, it's called Sedum artificial grass and is being used for all the greening in between the tracks at the Deansgate Castlefield tram stop. There's a small section already down to trial it.

For more information about the project at Deansgate-Castlefield, visit www.transformationinformation.co.uk or contact the dedicated engagement team by calling 0161 244 1555 or emailing future.metrolink@tfgm.com.

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

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

Just a thought on those cushion months you think they add to projects. Are we sure that early or on time delivery isn't triggering exec bonuses? and so leading to execs setting overlong target dates?

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

Is it really grass that we keep seeing on images for for this station?.Dont they know Manchester councillors hate grass and have all their gardens flagged,and don't like to see any of it in the city centre either.Perhaps we can have some new synthetic grass that used football grounds,which might at least stop city centre being one great big skateboard park.

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Calum McGOctober 27th 2014.

It says sedum, or did you not read the article?

JoanOctober 27th 2014.

The wall supporting the staircase is going to be a living, planted green wall. The roof on the platform covers is rather attractive too.

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AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

Why don't the council like greenery in the city centre,just flagged squares and no new park,can you tell us?

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

By creating squares and not gardens the maintenance costs might be lower,but they end up being a playground for sksteboarders or in the case Piccadilly attract feral yourh to take the space.You are not creating space that is colonised by families or older people.Great cities have parks in the centre,we have nothing.

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

Adelaide has a wonderful Botanic Garden right at the heart of the City.All Manchester Parks are in the suburbs,too far away from eye visitors to the city.But whenever there is city centre generation or even at Ancoats there is chronic lack greenery.

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

As a gay man I think it looks great.

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Calum McGOctober 27th 2014.

Me too.

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

What's the relationship between being Gay and looks this station ?.Whats relevance stating you gay and like it?

rinkydinkOctober 27th 2014.

As a hippopotamus I think it looks great too...

Pink PachydermOctober 27th 2014.

As a gay hippopotamus I have to agree

Pink BladesyOctober 28th 2014.

As a gay blade of grass I'm worried

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Gosh it may be great for gay men but not for gay women.

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

As a straight man I am diametrically opposed to this

AnonymousOctober 27th 2014.

So London gets Crossrail and we get pretend grass. I'm sick of the Westminster establishment treating the north like a backwater

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JayOctober 27th 2014.

Er... have you seen the news today? Or for that matter, heard of a little investment scheme called the Northern Hub? Very silly post.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

As a gay man I'm very pleased that the tram station is getting an overhall because it will improve the area and bring life back to what was once notorious for cottaging under Deansgate station and around the GMex. I'm surprised there's no blue plaque about it. Perhaps the LGBT community could raise money for one.

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rinkydinkOctober 28th 2014.

Bring the place back to life? Have you seen the amount of bars there are round there? It's already alive and this is team stop, hardly a hive of social activity. And how you can link cottagong with a team stop is beyond me. V strange

rinkydinkOctober 28th 2014.

Tram

rinkydinkOctober 28th 2014.

And cottaging! New phone trouble

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Perhaps it's Anon's sense of humoUr?

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

@Rinkydink 'cottaging'? Just look it up. How long have you lived in this country?

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Sadly the cottaging community have lost all of their venues over the years. Stevenson Square, the Arndale (Bus Station), the Arndale (Proper). Even the Tib Street Toilets are no more, yet the Labour Council will do nothing about it.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Labour have never been gay friendly. Instead of a Leese folly, there should be money spent on facilities that are safe and secure where men can feel safe amongst other men.

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

Labour, in the guide of Pat Karney spent £££ erecting a long ugly glass wall alongside the wall on Canal Street, and seems hellbent on putting a dampener on any kind of cottaging or cruising

AnonymousOctober 28th 2014.

You'd think Karney had never touched another man's member. He's missing out.

rinkydinkOctober 29th 2014.

Who said I didn't know what it was? I just don't see what it has to do with this article. And another 28 years of living in this country will still not make me comprehend this. And it's not that difficult to find a sexual partner whatever your sexuality regardless of whether they're remodelling a team stop or not. That sentence didn't make sense but then neither does this thread

rinkydinkOctober 29th 2014.

Tram!

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

HAHAHA @Rinkydink Well that's not true is it? You said 'New phone trouble' and that can't be interpreted any differently. If it wasn't relevant then you should have said 'I just don't see what it has to do with this article.' Instead. You numpty!

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

It would be nice for Pat Karney to stand up for the people who make use of the few cottages left in Manchester, and engage with them in a more robust manner.

Chris TuckerOctober 28th 2014.

The design shown above shows that the trees that currently grow beside the steps up from Deansgate have been removed, which is a loss for the street. I know we will get a green wall, but couldn't we have trees as well?

Phil MurphyOctober 29th 2014.

There's a fair bit of green in that picture. Since the author was too lazy to Google 'sedum' there are now hundreds of readers thinking they're putting artificial grass between the trams tracks; utter nonsense. Sedum has plump leaves and absorbs a lot of rain. That's why it's used on green roofs, to reduce water run off and to combat the urban heat island effect. It is not suited to being walked on. It isn't artificial, it isn't grass, and it certainly isn't artificial grass.

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Those ERDF grants, eh. Without their European Structural Fund grants, I just wonder what our northern cities would look like today? Out of Europe, would Whitehall have been so generous I wonder? Or more so a "managed decline" of places like Liverpool, perhaps? Over to you UKIP.

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AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Without the grants bypassing London then Northern cities might decades ago have come to the same conclusion as the Scots and abandoned Tory and Labour and sort to control own affairs.They also would not have hundreds of thousands of Eastern European immigrants suppressing wages for the working class and reducing housing supply.

AnonymousOctober 29th 2014.

Sortof contradicted yourself there Anon #2.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Why can't Piccadilly Gardens have living walls?

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AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Also there could be trees on top of the grey wall above Rice and Cafe Nero.

AnonymousNovember 9th 2014.

Because they can't keep the grass alive. What chance does a living wall stand?

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