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Crumpsall Metrolink Stop

Upgrades and Alterations 1991 to 2016

As in British Rail days, the station/stop entrance is on Station Road.

A minimum of upgrades were made for conversion of the station to a Metrolink stop in 1991/2. These included a ramped path for the Bury bound platform; a lift for the Manchester bound platform at the end of the footbridge; Ticket Vending Machines (TVMs) were installed in the former booking office lobby. The lift turned out to be unreliable and out of use for long periods; it was subsequently removed.

In 2001 the former booking office building was removed; this may have involved re-locating the TVMs and incoming electricity supply point. Both stairways were opened up and a new open footbridge provided in 2003. A new ramp between footbridge and Manchester bound platform opened in 2004. A new Disability Discrimination Act compliant access ramp from Station Road to the Bury bound platform and a new off road car park opened in 2005. A new power operated emergency crossover, with illuminated indicators, was installed in 2007; these indicators are now bagged over indicating that this crossover is no longer in use.

Upgrade 2017/8

A new entrance from Crumpsall Lane, with both stepped and step free access will be made. The stop is being upgraded to provide a turnback facility on the eastern side of the current inbound platform. North bound trams will be able to return southwards to Manchester city centre from this stop; similar to Shaw and Compton on the Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale line. This arrangement will be fully utilised when the new Trafford Park Line (TPL) is operational.

Crumpsall stop is in an approximately north–south cutting with residential housing to the east and west. Metrolink’s track bed is three to four metres below the surrounding area.

Ground Conditions

In 2014 Mott McDonald did a Geotechnical and Geo-envronmental desk study of the site for TfGM. This was to identify the key ground related risks to the project and see if further investigations were required.

“The findings of this desk study have identified that the site is potentially underlain by variable Glaciofluvial / Glacial deposits which may contain lenses of compressible clays and lenses of groundwater bearing granular materials; sulphate bearing strata which may pose a risk to buried concrete structures (such as a lift pit) and contaminated land as a result of the site’s historical use as a railway and coal wharf.”

This quote is from the Design and Access Statement which forms part of TfGM’s Prior Approval Application to Manchester City Council for the Crumpsall Stop Upgrade. Information in this study will have been used to decide how the project was to be done.

The Works

New Crumpsall crossing January 2018
Pictures courtesy of TfGM
Crumpsall Crossing
Couple with pram on new crossing
View towards Manchester
The toe of the points from the new platform will be near the Overhead Line Equipment pole, which is approximately in the centre of the second picture. The facing crossover will be from about 44 to 91 metres further towards Manchester.

August 2017

A new opening has been made in the wall, on the south side of Crumpsall Lane, near the eastern edge of the stop site. Together with a drop curb and pavement crossing this will form the new entrance. It is temporarily fenced and gated as a construction site entrance. A large quantity of material has been used to create an engineered fill embankment on the eastern side of the cutting. This embankment runs from road level down to track level at the southern end of the stop.

In a later construction stage, a step free access ramp with gradients of no more than 1:20 and landings will run along its length. At the bottom end of this a level crossing, of the new platform track, will meet both outbound platform ramp and existing track level crossing.

September to December 2017

On both inbound and outbound platforms, the long disused south ends have been cut back, from points level with the south end of the outbound platform. Ramped paths down to a track level crossing, of both in & out bound tracks, have been installed here.

January 2018

On 3 January the new pedestrian crossing opened, providing track-level access to the platforms.

Over the 13th/14th weekend a 13.5-tonne footbridge was removed.

The former staircase to the outbound platform was removed. It has been replaced by a new upgraded one.

On the inbound platform; lift shaft; stairs and ramp; plus part of the platform rear wall have been removed.

Future stages

All of inbound platform rear wall will be removed

A new platform face will be built on the eastern side, creating an island platform whose faces are not parallel. A double tram at the turnback platform will mostly be on ground covered by the 2004 ramp.

There will also be a shorter stepped path down to a foot track level crossing, then a few steps up to the north end of the island platform. This foot crossing separates the platform track from a “refuge” siding to the north which will run through the eastern span under Crumpsall Lane.

A new facing crossover, a short distance to the south of the stop, will enable outbound trams to reach the new platform.

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