Feasibility study to extend Metrolink down Oxford Rd

The Oxford Road corridor is one of the most polluted areas in Greater Manchester. This is mainly due to the huge number of diesel powered busses. The sheer number of people moved along this corridor means that a tram is a more appropriate and less polluting mass transport solution. If Manchester is to be recognised as a leading global city, world class links between our city centre, stations, universities and hospitals are vital. Conduct a feasibility study to extend the tram network past MMU, UoM, and CMFT to the Christie.

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  • Andrew Fisher
    commented 2017-02-21 20:52:57 +0000
    Is this really a policy idea? A complete waste of money, it would be expensive cause danger to other road users and be completely impractical. We need to get over the idea that Metrolink will solve all our public transport problems. So far it has been expensive breaks down all the time and is a danger to cyclists!
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    tagged this with impractical 2017-02-21 20:52:56 +0000
  • Simon Hunter
    tagged this with important 2016-12-12 21:05:27 +0000
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    tagged this with good 2016-12-12 21:05:26 +0000
  • Daniel Handley
    commented 2016-11-20 23:25:09 +0000
    While there would be benefits from Metrolink serving the corridor, I don’t think it is an appropriate solution for reducing local carbon emissions due to the following reasons:

    a) Bus frequencies are high I.e. every minute or so in the peak period. Realistically, at best, Metrolink would provide a service every 6 minutes, which will would not provide a much quicker service so where is the attraction for commuters? A significant number will still use the bus.
    b) In terms of patronage, the corridor is primarily used by students who have low-incomes. With the student offers such as Unirider (£220 for the year) students will continue to use buses due to value for money, therefore not reducing bus demand in the corridor.
    c) Engineering issues. Wilmslow Road is very narrow in parts meaning Metrolink would be sharing the highway other road vehicles, impacting on journey time and reliability of the service. Capital costs would be high, for no real benefits.

    I’m not completely against the idea, so sorry if I’ve come across quite heavy. There may be something in an extension as far as Whitworth Park on the basis that it provides additional connectivity to UoM, MMU and the MRI for those who already live on the Metrolink network and travel to work/study from within the region (particularly the northern boroughs). These are world class institutions and I agree they should be part of the city’s metro network. The point I want to emphasise however, is that the bus is here to stay on Oxford Road.

    A more practical solution to reducing local carbon emissions may be through investment in low-emission buses.
  • Peter West
    commented 2016-11-18 21:21:53 +0000
    I think the Trafford Centre line is already happening with the support of Peel Holdings. Lloyd St, I think, is too narrow for trams with space for platforms, and doesn’t go close enough to the hospitals or university buildings to curb the busses (and pollution) by getting people to change mode of transport. That’s the reason for the feasibility study really. The investment in the bus priority package is unfortunate, and in my opinion misguided. It’s not nearly a good enough solution for the problem.
  • Michael Ciotkowski
    commented 2016-11-16 22:08:43 +0000
    I agree with creating a tramline down to rusholme and fallowfield, however doing it down oxford road would mean massive traffic delays and would anger alot of people, who relay on that road to get to work/uni (Myself used to be one of them). I would recommend an alternative route running down a less busy road such as Lloyd street, which would run down from St.Peters square, down to medlock street and then turns left past HOME towards cambrigde street. Or you could use the ashton line to piccadilly and go down upper brook street. Oxford road is already being ripped up to make way for byclcle line, it would annoy voters in that area, particularly students, if we try and interupt traffic down it.

    I would also extend this idea to create a line which goes to the Trafford centre via either extending the eccles route or creating a divering line from trafford bar and use old train line that are not being used, to boost links across manchester and would increase tourist to outlaying regions.
  • Peter West
    commented 2016-11-12 17:33:19 +0000
    St Peter’s Sq would seem the most obvious point to connect to the existing network. A route down Oxford St, Oxford Road and Wilmslow road would seem the most obvious. Yew Tree Road could be considered as could a redesign of Lapwing/Paletine junction to allow trams to road level and join back with the current network.
  • Will Frass
    commented 2016-11-12 13:16:26 +0000
    This sounds like a great idea. Where would the line join the existing network within the City Zone? St Peter’s Square?
  • Will Frass
    tagged this with important 2016-11-12 00:17:29 +0000
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    tagged this with good 2016-11-12 00:17:28 +0000
  • Peter West
    published this page in You Policy Ideas 2016-11-11 22:47:53 +0000
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