A short post with some updates to various ongoing projects:
- Salford Quays shuttle bus – originally planned for a May launch, the schedule for the number 9 service is (mistakenly early) in the Traveline North West journey planner. The hybrid buses have been spotted whilst on test near the factory in Blackburn. Expect this service to start next month.
- Chorlton line Metrolink – testing has begun in earnest, and the posters at Skyscraper City have been doing a sterling job capturing the scenes in all weathers, and all formats! The last day of “Spring 2011” is this week, but the service is unlikely to begin now despite the weekend closure to Altrincham – though within a matter of weeks is still possible.
- North West rail electrification – we’d thought that ex-Thameslink electric units were to be cascaded to the area to run local services, but that could only happen when replacement trains enter service in the capital. There’s a delivery date for that now: beginning 2015 and completed in 2018. North West electrification is supposedly completed in 2016, but will there be enough electric trains to make use of the infrastructure from the beginning?