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Manchester Metrolink Airport Line Construction Works

Some pictures of the Airport Line under construction. A few photos taken in summer 2012 show the continuing work on the viaduct over the River Mersey, followed by more in October 2012 including the M56 and M60 bridge construction work.

The line is due to open in 2016.

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This is where the tram route will cross the A560 Altrincham Road (behind and straight ahead). Moor Road is to the left (towards central Manchester) and Southmoor Road is to the right (towards the airport). Moor Road tram stop will be just to the left of this junction.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:17
Looking north across the corner of Altrincham Road and Moor Road, this is roughly where Moor Road tram stop will be.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:18
Here Wythenshawe Road crosses the end of Moor Road: the tram route will cross from roughly where the photo was taken from, and pass to the left of the pub car park, which is where Wythenshawe Park tram stop will be. Note all the painted markings on the pavement showing the track and swept path alignments.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:23
Looking across Wythenshawe Road to where Wythenshawe Park tram stop will be. The route beyond will curve left and through the gap between the two houses at the left side of the photo.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:25
Looking from the site of Wythenshawe Park tram stop through the gap between the houses that the tram route will take. The end house on each side has been unoccupied for some time and will be demolished.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:29
Taken from Bordley Walk, between the two houses that will be demolished, looking towards Wythenshawe Park. The stream here (Baguley Brook) will need to be culverted.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:32
Taken from Kerscott Road looking south. The tram route will curve in from where the lighter coloured fencing is and across the road where I'm standing.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:35
Beyond the second fence is Bordley Walk and the gap between the houses. The tram route will come through here and turn to the left of the view.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 15:36
View of the tram route from Kerscott Road looking north-eastwards towards Northern Moor. This is the boundary between Trafford and Manchester, the alignment has been kept clear of development for the next mile or so.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:15
Looking south-west at the boundary between Sale Road, Manchester (left) and Northenden Road, Sale Moor, Trafford (right). Northern Moor tram stop will be here.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:21
Passing between houses here, the route will climb ahead to cross the M60 - the lighting of which is visible.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:23
Looking north-west along the M60 from Fairy Lane bridge. This bridge was specially built with three apertures when the M60 was widened here a few years ago so that the tram route can pass through. The route continues alongside the M60 as far as junction 6, visible in the distance.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:39
Looking south-east along the M60 from Fairy Lane bridge. After passing under this bridge, the tram route will follow the motorway for another half mile or so then cross it on a new bridge to get to Northern Moor.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:39
The River Mersey is behind the camera, M60 junction 6 is ahead, Rifle Road to the right, Sale Golf Course to the left. This alignment, from Hardy Lane to Rifle Road, had been retained for the proposed Hardy Lane Extension road.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:52
Looking from the north bank of the River Mersey towards Hardy Lane. This alignment, from Hardy Lane to Rifle Road, had been retained for the proposed Hardy Lane Extension road.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:55
Looking north-west along the River Mersey, with Jackson's Bridge in the middle distance. The pub "Jackson's Boat" is to the left at the bridge. The tram route will cross here on a viaduct.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 16:57
Hardy Lane, looking towards Mauldeth Road West and Manchester. Diversion of sewer and other services has already started.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 17:03
Looking from Hardy Lane towards Mauldeth Road West, where Barlow Moor Road crosses. Barlow Moor Road tram stop will be here.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 17:06
Looking along Mauldeth Road West south-westwards towards Nell Road. The new tram route diverges from the South Manchester line, at St Werburgh's Road stop, behind the camera. The route will follow the central reservation from here to Barlow Moor Road.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 17:14
From Rifle Road, looking towards where the route will cross the River Mersey. Sale Water Park is to the left, and there will be a tram stop with that name near here.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 17:33
From Rifle Road, looking towards M60 junction 6.
Photograph taken on 02/04/2011 at 17:34
Here at the junction of Timpson Road and Southmoor Road, looking towards Manchester, the tram route will run on the road for a short distance before crossing onto this verge.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:13
Looking towards Wythenshawe, this is where Southmoor Road crosses the present Stockport - Altrincham railway line. A new overbridge will be built here to carry the tram route over the railway. At present there are no plans to build a station, which would be called Baguley, on the railway line here. Baguley tram stop will be beyond the bridge.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:15
Looking towards Manchester at the future site of Baguley tram stop. A new bridge for the tramway is being built over the Stockport - Altrincham railway line here.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:18
This wide verge alongside Southmoor Road will carry the tram route towards Wythenshawe.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:18
This wide verge alongside Southmoor Road will carry the tram route towards Wythenshawe. Roundthorn tram stop will be in the distance.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:20
Looking back from the junction of Hollyhedge Road and Southmoor Road, towards Baguley. Roundthorn tram stop will be here.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:23
Hollyhedge Road climbs from Southmoor Road to a summit here near where Martinscroft tram stop will be. Again, a nice wide verge to keep the trams off the road.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:30
Still running alongside Hollyhedge Road, here the tram route needs to cross the M56 motorway on its own bridge.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:32
Looking westwards from Greenwood Road towards the site of the new bridge over the M56.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:36
Nearer to Benchill, the tram route will need to occupy the carriageway of Hollyhedge Road for about half a mile.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:39
Here in Hollyhedge Road, where the tram route will run along the road, tree clearing has started.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:43
The tram route turns right here from Hollyhedge Road into Brownley Road. Benchill tram stop will be just around the corner to the right, alongside Brownley Road.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:45
Along Brownley Road, a wide verge has been retained for the tram route.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:54
The tram route turns right here from Brownley Road into Crossacres Road. Crossacres tram stop will be to the right here, alongside Brownley Road.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 15:54
This section of the verge alongside Simonsway is where Peel Hall tram stop will be. The tram route turns right just beyond, into Shadowmoss Road. The Monarch Airlines plane shows that we're not far from the airport here.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 16:10
The verge to the east of Shadowmoss Road will be used for the tram route here.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 16:12
Alongside Shadowmoss Road, but nearer to Ringway Road, is where Shadowmoss tram stop will be.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 16:20
Turning westwards towards the airport, the tram route will cross Shadowmoss Road here to run along the north side of Ringway Road.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 16:20
Looking from Outwood Lane bridge over the Manchester end of the platforms at Manchester Airport railway station. The tram route will pass under Outwood Lane through a new underbridge, then climb alongside the Hilton Hotel towards Ringway Road.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 16:41
The tram route will run on the verge here between Aviator Way and Ringway Road, looking east towards Shadowmoss.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 16:53
Looking westwards towards Wythenshawe alongside Simonsway. Peel Hall tram stop will be here.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:04
Robinswood Road tram stop will have one platform either side of the roundabout here on Simonsway. This is the view on the east side of the roundabout looking towards Wythenshawe and Manchester.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:07
The tram route will cross Simonsway here, from the verge on the south side and between the buildings on the right to Wythenshawe Town Centre.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:09
Looking south, towards the airport, this is where Wythenshawe Town Centre tram stop will be. The shopping centre is off to the left.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:13
The verge on the south side of Poundswick Road, looking eastwards towards Crossacres Road and Crossacres tram stop.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:14
Crossacres Road looking towards Brownley Road. The tram route will cross from the verge onto the road to turn left beyond the buildings into Brownley Road and Crossacres tram stop.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:16
The site of Crossacres tram stop, with Brownley Road on the right.
Photograph taken on 08/04/2011 at 17:18
Construction work has started on the bridge over the River Mersey. Compare this with the photo 10 months ago.
Photograph taken on 19/02/2012 at 15:10
Seen from Mauldeth Road West, the buildings of Chorlton High School are on the left. The airport tram line will diverge from the East Didsbury tram route, which is visible in the distance, and pass this side of the school.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:06
Barlow Moor Road tram stop will be here, in the central reservation of Mauldeth Road West and the junction with Barlow Moor Road. Other than felling the trees, not much work has been done here yet.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:10
Hardy Lane has been restored to near normal after the completion of most of the services diversion work. This was probably done early in the project to allow easier access to the Mersey Valley viaduct construction works, the access road for which starts at the far end of Hardy Lane.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:12
To allow construction of the viaduct across the River Mersey near Jackson's Bridge, the riverside path has been re-aligned to a lower level. This is the view from this path looking back towards Hardy Lane. The viaduct will rise towards the camera.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:17
Looking from Rifle Road towards the River Mersey viaduct construction works.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:24
The future site of Sale Water Park tram stop, alongside Rifle Road. This view is looking towards Junction 6 of the M60.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:24
Northern Moor tram stop will be here.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:38
South of Kerscott Road, the tram alignment has been prepared. Sleepers have arrived for later installation.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:44
Bordley Walk has been diverted to allow this bridge over a stream to be replaced by a culvert.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:45
Moor Road tram stop is well advanced. Looking towards Altrincham Road and Wythenshawe.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:49
Moor Road tram stop looking towards Manchester.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:51
One of the abutments has been built for the new tram bridge over the Stockport - Altrincham railway line near Baguley.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 14:57
Services works in progress near Baguley tram stop alongside Southmoor Road.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:01
Roundthorn tram stop will be here, at the junction between Southmoor Road and Hollyhedge Road.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:01
The site of Martinscroft tram stop, alongside Hollyhedge Road.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:05
Work has started on the east side abutment for the tram bridge over the M56.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:08
Work has started on the west side abutment for the tram bridge over the M56.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:08
The tram route turns right here from Hollyhedge Road into Brownley Road.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:15
Significant progress with Benchill tram stop, looking south towards Wythenshawe.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:16
Crossacres tram stop, looking towards Manchester.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:20
Robinswood Road tram stop will have one platform either side of the roundabout here on Simonsway. This is the view on the west side of the roundabout looking towards Manchester Airport.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:26
Robinswood Road westbound tram stop site.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:28
Ground clearance work at Shadowmoss Road tram stop.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:34
Shadowmoss Road tram stop site. The flybe plane is landing on runway 25R.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:35
Looking east from the Manchester Airport bus/railway station building, through the tinted glass: the tram terminus will be here. A new bridge is being built to allow Outwood Lane to cross the tram route.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:50
Looking back from Outwood Lane bridge at the tram stop site at Manchester Airport.
Photograph taken on 01/04/2012 at 15:59
The Mersey Valley Viaduct is taking shape. All the pillars are in place, and the first three steel spans have been lifted into place. There are about 11 spans altogether including the long one over the river itself.
Photograph taken on 27/06/2012 at 18:07
More spans have been added to the Mersey viaduct - a view from the diverted riverside path.
Photograph taken on 09/07/2012 at 17:01
More spans have been added to the Mersey viaduct - a view from Jackson's Bridge.
Photograph taken on 09/07/2012 at 17:03
This week the spans have been placed over the River Mersey - seen here looking towards Jackson's Bridge. Only the short sections on the Sale Water Park side need to be added.
Photograph taken on 20/07/2012 at 19:04
The girders are now all in place.
Photograph taken on 25/07/2012 at 17:16
Looking from Rifle Road towards the River Mersey viaduct construction works. Compare this with photos taken in April 2012 and April 2011.
Photograph taken on 18/10/2012 at 16:57
St Werburgh's Road tram stop taken from Mauldeth Road West. The junction points for the route from Manchester Airport, due to open in 2016, have now been installed. The tram is turning back out of service after arriving from Oldham Mumps.
Photograph taken on 18/10/2012 at 17:11
Looking north-west along the M60 from Fairy Lane bridge. This bridge was specially built with three apertures when the M60 was widened here a few years ago so that the tram route can pass through. The route continues alongside the M60 as far as junction 6, visible in the distance.
Photograph taken on 21/10/2012 at 15:08
Looking south-east along the M60 from Fairy Lane bridge. The tram route passes through where the construction site is before crossing the motorway to get to Northern Moor. The new single span bridge has been constructed to one side, as can be seen in the distance. It is planned that the M60 will be shut between Junctions 5 and 8 for 24 hours from 22:00 on 3rd November 2012 to allow the bridge to be installed, using 128-wheel transporters.
Photograph taken on 21/10/2012 at 15:16
Wythenshawe Park tram stop under construction. Compare this with the photo taken in April 2011.
Photograph taken on 21/10/2012 at 15:30
Looking towards Wythenshawe, this is where Southmoor Road crosses the present Stockport - Altrincham railway line. The new overbridge has been built here to carry the tram route over the railway. Baguley tram stop will be just beyond the bridge.
Photograph taken on 21/10/2012 at 15:41
Baguley tram stop under construction.
Photograph taken on 21/10/2012 at 15:43
Taken from Hollyhedge Road, the new bridge over the M56 is nearly ready for installation. The motorway here will be shut between Junctions 2 and 5 from 22:00 on 24th November 2012 to allow the bridge to be installed, using 128-wheel transporters.
Photograph taken on 21/10/2012 at 15:56

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