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16.04.12

Tram-train possibility for Manchester

Manchester is considering tram-train technology, as TfGM discusses plans to use continental-style carriages to operate on both tram tracks and existing railways.

The model is to be explored in depth over the next 12 months and could offer improved services and choice for passengers. Several routes may be considered, including the line between Piccadilly and Marple, following detailed analysis, a spokesperson said.

Sheffield is currently hoping to become the firstUKcity to use the tram-train technology.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, Northern Rail and Network Rail were granted £150,000 last year to work on the project.

If plans go ahead, vehicles could be operating on tram tracks and railway lines between Sheffield andRotherhamfrom 2014. The idea is to cut journey times and make it easier for people to get into city centres, reducing car commutes.

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Nonsuchmike   01/11/2013 at 12:46

Does this actually mean that councils will run test vehicles over tracks in each city area? Or does it mean they are just going to sit on their brains and think about it, doing nothing concrete? Will these routes on tracks renewed, re-installed or refurbished be instead of, or in addition to, the existing network? What about transferability of ticketing? the continentals seem to do this at the drop of a hat, but it seems an intellectual and logistic step too far for the highly paid executives of our privatised systems. C'mon, get real, wake up and smell the coffee; if they can do it seamlessly in Prague, Barcelona and Madrid, to name but three, then surely we can do it in ONE of our major conurbations?

G. Lees   29/11/2013 at 18:52

The Heywood area north of Manchester is very badly served by public transport at present. The only regular direct bus service is slow and most travellers to Manchester either go by car, or via Bury and the Metrolink. TfGM should consider tram-train scheme that uses Metrolink in Manchester city centre, the heavy rail route as far Castleton and then what at present is the link to the East Lancs Railway at Green Lane before returning to electrified street running into Heywood (possibly as far as Darn Hill). This would be a much needed improvement to what at present is a very neglected area.

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