Following on from Thursday’s post predicting that the MediaCityUK branch of the Metrolink system would open today, trams did indeed start diverting via the new stop on their way to and from Eccles. I took a little diversion on my way home to swing by Salford Quays and take a few photos on the opening day. Here’s the results.
The two terminus platforms at MediaCityUK. Trams were using Platform A on the left-hand side, but the only working destination displays were on Platform B – which appeared to be displaying trams for “Media City” or “Piccadilly via Pomona”.
MediaCityUK is the closest stop to The Lowry, but there doesn’t seem to be any signage advertising the fact. The Imperial War Museum North is also within walking distance, and will be even closer once the additional footbridge to the southern bank of the Ship Canal is built.
One of the engineers in fluorescent orange jackets watching proceedings at the new junction for the MediaCityUK spur. There were a large number of staff on hand to help answer queries at nearby stations on the opening day, with all trams appearing to be “piloted” over the junction by a man with a clipboard.
As predicted, G-MEX tram stop has been renamed Deansgate-Castlefield at the same time. Beetham Tower and Manchester Central dominate the skyline in this part of the city centre.