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Arboricultural Consultancy

Manchester Metrolink

Manchester Metrolink

Ground Control’s contractual relationship with Manchester Metrolink began in 2011 prior to the acquisition of Tilhill Rail by Ground Control. Our management teams have worked throughout all existing lines and been involved in the expansion of the system out to Manchester Airport.

Our works along the Metrolink lines have included:

  • Topsoiling and earthworks
  • Seeding along the verges of tram lines
  • Irrigation system install
  • Greenwall installation at Sports City stop
  • Construction works to 8 new stops along the Ashton under Lyne to Eccles line
  • Extensive clearance in preparation of the extension of the line within Oldham Town Centre
  • Clearance, soft and hard landscaping to the Manchester airport line
  • Installation of signage, street furniture including bins, benches, cycle stands
  • Fencing including railing and fencings to public areas
  • Hard landscaping including path construction and edgings
  • Surfacing including tarmacking, paving and other surfacing materials
  • Soft landscaping including tree, shrub, bush and hedge planting
  • Vegetation management
  • Maintenance and aftercare

All works are carried out at times to avoid busy periods so as to not restrict user access and infringe on their safety. In order to protect the safety of visitors to the area, designated offload areas were established for deliveries and a banksman on site to ensure correct storage and offload of goods.

Works carried out along the line of the metro require safety measures to isolate the sites from the tracks in order for workers to operate safely.
An element of works included paving along the front of the Metrolink stations and highways to and from the stations. In order to work within these areas safely, with moving vehicles present, various safety measures were implemented including signage and cones in accordance with chapter 8 highways works, as well as specific access points used within trafficked areas.

We were appointed to carry out advanced tree works in the initial clearance stage of the Oldham High Street extension. Work took place in a busy city centre and every precaution was taken to keep the public safe whilst work was in progress. Due to the nature of work, heavy spec plant and specialist tools were used by operatives with correct training and certification. Banksmen were used to manage vehicles to and from site through the restricted access routes. As part of the site layout, areas were isolated and fenced off from visitors to the town in accordance to fall zones.

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