GMPTE Metrolink Visual System and Guideline - Maynard

Metrolink is Greater Manchester’s light rail system. Two phases have already been built: the first, and oldest, opened in 1992 and ran from Altrincham to Bury. The second phase, opened in 2000 and serves the Salford Quays commercial area and Eccles.

Ambitious plans for Phase 3, which will potentially double the size of the existing network, led GMPTE to commission Maynard to develop a comprehensive ten year vision for the network, including a network wayfinding strategy.

We began the project by undertaking a visual audit of the existing network and a review of global best practice in wayfinding. From our analysis and conclusions we worked with the GMPTE client team, key community and interest groups and the Joint Mobility Unit at the RNIB to develop a robust wayfinding strategy. We then developed detailed design guidelines for all 2D and 3D design applications.

Creative work included the master network map, based on a coded system of colours for the lines, and detailed design templates for all members of the sign family. All station signs were integrated into the fabric of the architecture, and pilot schemes were used to test the proposals and collate budget costs for the wayfinding programme

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Creative work included the master network map, based on a coded system of colours for the lines, and detailed design templates for all members of the sign family. All station signs were integrated into the fabric of the architecture, and pilot schemes were used to test the proposals and collate budget costs for the wayfinding programme.

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