Sometimes writing a blog is just a matter of keeping your eyes open and being in the right place at the right time. Today seems to have been one of those days, with two new developments on the rail system. Firstly, TfGM has made its mark at Oxford Road station by covering over all the GMPTE emblems with the brand new Transport for Greater Manchester logo:
With work on new waiting shelters at Oxford Road station nearing completion, it seems that TfGM decided to highlight their involvement at one of Manchester’s major railway stations prior to any official opening. The custom-built shelters on platforms 1 and 2/3, along with the new information kiosk on the main concourse, are constructed from wood and blend in with the grade II listed station roof – we’ll be along with our camera when work’s complete.
And of interest to those commuters from the southern half of the county, my commute today was on a newly “refreshed” electric multiple unit:
So it’s farewell to the old First North Western saggy seat bottoms and hello to generic Northern Rail moquette. New flooring and bright light tubes complete the interior, whilst on the outside it appears that the troublesome dot-matrix destination displays have been replaced with traditional roller blinds.