MediaCityUK Metrolink station


MediaCityUK Metrolink station

Coordinates: 53°28′19″N 2°17′52″W / 53.47194°N 2.29778°W / 53.47194; -2.29778

Manchester metrolink logo.PNG MediaCityUK
Manchester Metrolink
Media city metrolink station.jpg
The MediaCityUK tram stop
Location
Place MediaCityUK, Salford Quays
Local authority City of Salford
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone
Present status In operation
History
Opened 20/09/2010

Transit map symbol.png Eccles Line

Unknown BSicon "uCONTg"
to Piccadilly and Bury
Urban station on track
Deansgate-Castlefield National Rail Deansgate
Urban station on track
Cornbrook
Urban junction to left Unknown BSicon "uCONTl"
to Altrincham
Urban stop on track
Pomona
Waterway with unused branch to left Unknown BSicon "ueCONTl"
to Trafford Centre
Urban stop on track
Exchange Quay
Urban stop on track
Salford Quays
Urban stop on track
Anchorage
Urban stop on track
Harbour City
Unknown BSicon "uABZld" Unknown BSicon "uKBHFr"
MediaCityUK
Urban stop on track
Broadway
Urban stop on track
Langworthy
Urban stop on track
Weaste
Urban stop on track
Ladywell
Urban End station
Eccles National Rail
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MediaCityUK Metrolink Station is a station on the Manchester Metrolink light rail system in Manchester, North-West England, opened on Monday 20 September 2010.[1] It is the terminus of a 360-metre-long branch line (0.22 mi) from the Eccles Line which was constructed as part of Phase 3a of the Metrolink extension project. The extension branches off from the Eccles Line just after Harbour City. The station serves the MediaCityUK property development in Salford Quays, including the new BBC North building, as well as The Lowry art gallery and the Imperial War Museum North.

History

A 1924 map of Manchester Docks
A 1924 map of Manchester Docks
The Metrolink 2010 extension

MediaCityUK is a property development within Salford Quays, on the site of the former Manchester Docks. When an active port, the quays were served by numerous railway goods lines.

The extension of Metrolink into Salford Quays was part of a programme of urban renewal for the area around the Manchester Ship Canal. Published plans to run a light rail system into Salford Quays have existed since around 1987, initially as far as Broadway;[2] the proposals evolved, with later plans to build a branch line to serve the newly-built Lowry art gallery.[3] The MediaCity extension replaces the previous proposal to extend Metrolink to the Lowry.[4]

Services to the station were suspended following an operational incident on the second day of operation, relating to the Harbour City crossover. A driver reversed after only partially passing over spring-loaded points causing the tram to straddle two tracks and hitting a central support column.[5]

Currently the stop is served by a dedicated Piccadilly - MediaCityUK service. The eventual plan is to have the stop served by a short service to Cornbrook, once the Reversal Siding has been commissioned which is expected once the new TMS is in operation between Deansgate-Castlefield and Trafford.

Trams

A new generation of Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) were ordered for Metrolink from the rail manufacturer Bombardier. Four of these new LRVs are required to operate the MediaCity line.[6] These Flexity Swift LRVs, designated 'M5000', are similar to the K5000 series used in the German cities of Cologne and Bonn, and similar to the low-floor models used by London’s Tramlink.

The first delivery of the new trams from Bombardier arrived at Metrolink's Queens Road depot in July 2009 and went through approximately 3 months of testing and driver training before entering service in the autumn of that year.[7][8]

References

Preceding station   Manchester Metrolink Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards Eccles
Eccles - Piccadilly Line
towards Piccadilly
Terminus MediaCityUK - Cornbrook Line
towards Cornbrook
[v · d · e]Salford Lines (Past, present and future)
Legend
To Wigan
Continuation backward Unknown BSicon "exCONTg"
To Bolton
Straight track Unknown BSicon "exBHF"
Little Hulton
To Wigan
Unknown BSicon "exCONTg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrg" Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Ellenbrook;Walkden Low Level
Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Station on track
Walkden High Level
To Warrington
Continuation to left Unknown BSicon "eSTRl+r" Unknown BSicon "exABZlg" Station on track Continuation backward
Moorside; To Bolton
Barton Moss;Worsley
Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Station on track Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Swinton;Dixon Fold
Patricroft;Monton Green
Station on track Unknown BSicon "exBHF" Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Straight track Unknown BSicon "exCONTg"
Pendlebury;To Bury
Unknown BSicon "eABZlf" Unknown BSicon "exKRZu" Unknown BSicon "eKRZu" Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" Unknown BSicon "exABZrf"
Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf" Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "exSTRrf"
Irlams-o'-th'-Height
Eccles;Eccles
Unknown BSicon "uKBFa" Station on track Straight track Station on track
Clifton Junction
Ladywell
Urban station on track Straight track Straight track Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Agecroft Bridge
Weaste;Weaste
Urban station on track Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Unknown BSicon "eABZrg" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Langworthy;Seedley
Urban station on track Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Straight track Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Pendleton Bridge
MediaCityUK;Broadway
Unknown BSicon "uKBFa" Urban station on track Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Straight track
Cross Lane; Pendleton
Waterway turning to left Unknown BSicon "uABZgr+r" Straight track Junction from left Track turning right
Harbour City
Urban station on track Track turning left Track turning from right Station on track
Salford Crescent
Anchorage
Urban station on track Unknown BSicon "exKDSTl" Unknown BSicon "eKRZo" Unknown BSicon "eABZrf"
Salford Docks
Salford Quays
Urban station on track Junction from left Junction to right
Windsor Link
Exchange Quay
Urban station on track Unknown BSicon "eBHF" Unknown BSicon "eBHF"
Ordsall Lane; Oldfield Road
To Manchester (Metrolink)
Unknown BSicon "uCONTf" Unknown BSicon "ABZgl+xl" Junction from right
Ordsall Chord (proposed)
To Manchester (Deansgate)
Continuation forward Station on track
Salford Central
Continuation forward
To Manchester (Victoria)