After a couple of weekends of commissioning work trams through the Cornbrook area of Manchester Metrolink are now operating under TMS (Tram Management System and not Tramway Museum Society or even Test Match Special!) which means services now run using line of sight operation rather than strict block signalling.
TMS is now in control of services from Corporation Street in the north of the city and Droylsden in the east through to Eccles/MediaCityUK and Trafford Bar in the south. The line from Irk Valley on the Bury line to Rochdale is under interim TMS control once it leaves Irk Valley Junction.
Anyone who has travelled on Manchester Metrolink on the stretch from Cornbrook in recent months will be aware that it has often been a frustrating journey with fairly lengthy waits at signals waiting for the signals to allow trams to proceed. With TMS now in action these long waits should be a thing of the past as more than one tram is now permitted to access the platforms at Cornbrook at one time. As part of the TMS commissioning works a speed restriction of 30mph has put in place along the viaduct due to sighting issues but this isn’t expected to impact on services too much.