- MediaCityUK Metrolink station
MediaCityUK Manchester Metrolink 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 to Piccadilly and Bury Deansgate-Castlefield Deansgate Cornbrook to Altrincham Pomona to Trafford Centre Exchange Quay Salford Quays Anchorage Harbour City MediaCityUK Broadway Langworthy Weaste Ladywell Eccles UK Trams portal
MediaCityUK Metrolink Station is a station on the Manchester Metrolink light rail system in Manchester, North-West England, opened on Monday 20 September 2010. 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.
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; the proposals evolved, with later plans to build a branch line to serve the newly-built Lowry art gallery. The MediaCity extension replaces the previous proposal to extend Metrolink to the Lowry.
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.
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.
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. 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.
- ^ "Metrolink trams pull in to MediaCityUK station for first time". Manchester Evening News. 20 September 2010. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/transport/public_transport/s/1328314_metrolink_trams_pull_in_to_mediacityuk_station_for_first_time. Retrieved 25 September 2010.
- ^ Metrolink Community Liaison (1987). "Metrolink - Light Rail in Greater Manchester". publicity brochure (Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Executive).
- ^ "Metrolink Future Network". GMPTE. 2006. http://www.bbc.co.uk/manchester/travel/images/metrolink_map_2006.pdf. Retrieved 2009-07-17.
- ^ "Mediacity:uk". GMPTE. http://www.gmpte.com/content.cfm?subcategory_id=5664947. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
- ^ "Eccles Metrolink line reopens after Salford Quays tram crash". MEN. 2010. http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/transport/s/1328425_eccles_metrolink_line_reopens_after_salford_quays_tram_crash. Retrieved 2010-09-22.
- ^ "New trams for Quays' 'media city'". BBC News. 2007-11-21. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/7104245.stm. Retrieved 2009-07-10.
- ^ "Metrolink's first new tram lands in Manchester". GMPTE. 2009-07-13. http://www.gmpte.com/news.cfm?news_id=6117059. Retrieved 2009-07-13.
- ^ LRTA web page on the new trams for Metrolink, including pictures
Preceding station Manchester Metrolink Following stationtowards Eccles Eccles - Piccadilly Linetowards Piccadilly Terminus MediaCityUK - Cornbrook Linetowards Cornbrook Salford Lines (Past, present and future)Legend To Wigan To Bolton Little Hulton To Wigan Ellenbrook;Walkden Low Level Walkden High Level To Warrington Moorside; To Bolton Barton Moss;Worsley Swinton;Dixon Fold Patricroft;Monton Green Pendlebury;To Bury Irlams-o'-th'-Height Eccles;Eccles Clifton Junction Ladywell Agecroft Bridge Weaste;Weaste Langworthy;Seedley Pendleton Bridge MediaCityUK;Broadway Cross Lane; Pendleton Harbour City Salford Crescent Anchorage Salford Docks Salford Quays Windsor Link Exchange Quay Ordsall Lane; Oldfield Road To Manchester (Metrolink) Ordsall Chord (proposed) To Manchester (Deansgate) Salford Central To Manchester (Victoria) Metrolink StationsCity zoneAltrincham LineBury LineEccles LineSouth Manchester Line
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