Monday, 18 June 2012

Metrolink Airport Line - Mersey Valley update

The following email has been sent by Metrolink to local Councillors about the work currently underway in the Mersey Valley:

As you are aware, work is underway to build the Metrolink extension to Manchester Airport. The line will extend from the South Manchester line at Chorlton and run on 14.5km (9 miles) of new track over the Mersey Valley and into Wythenshawe crossing the M60 and M56 motorways, continuing through to the town centre and on to Manchester Airport. I am writing to provide you with an update on the construction work in the Mersey Valley area.

Mersey Valley Viaduct
The works have progressed well with the completion of both the piling works and the construction of the supporting pillars. The construction of the viaduct bridge deck is due to start shortly. The viaduct bridge deck work will involve lifting steel beams onto the previously constructed support pillars with a large crane and the casting of the concrete deck.

During these works, the footpaths on either side of the Mersey River have been temporarily diverted as indicated on the attached plan by the dotted red line, the purple line and the green line. The solid red lines highlight the section of the footpath that will remain closed for the duration of the bridge works. Please ensure that you adhere to these diversion routes for your own safety.

In July, the diversion route of the Trans Pennine Trail will alter to allow the bridge deck to be installed. Advance notice of the alterations to the diversion routes will be posted in prominent locations. During the deck installation work residents will need to follow either the orange or purple diversion route, as shown on the attached plan. The dotted red or green diversion routes will be open during weekends and most evenings. However, there will be a small number of closures required in the evenings, these will be kept to a minimum and dates will be confirmed in the advanced notices.

Rifle Road area
Construction work along the Rifle Road area is also progressing well and our contractor, MPT, are expected to start piling works on the Sale Water Park tram stop in the next few weeks. The works are likely to create some noise and vibration. MPT, will be monitoring the levels of vibration during the works. This is to ensure the work stays within the predetermined guidelines.

If you should require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on 0161 244 1555 or via

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss it or have any concerns, comments or suggestions. Thanks

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