Saturday, August 29, 2009

We got a big burst of media coverage for our Mapping Manchester exhibition on Wednesday and Thursday following a clever press release by the University's media officer. This got picked up by the Manchester Evening News and the Guardian, who did an interview with my colleague Chris Perkins. The next day rehashed stories appeared in many of the papers, including The Mirror. The highlight was an interview with Chris in the 'and finally' slot of the News at 10.
The Russians are denying the validity of the story, claiming the map is a fake.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Another couple of examples from the 'Public Transport' display cabinet in our 'Mapping Manchester' exhibition.
Network map detailing rail passenger statistics by station.
(Source: Transport Statistics: Greater Manchester, 2005.)

Public transport
Most people in Manchester move around the city using public transport. Changes in network patterns have been mapped out over the last century and a half. Some of these maps promote the effectiveness of bus, train and tram routes and stations across Manchester. Others emphasise a more practical use and are designed to help passengers find their way. Policy makers have also created mapping to help them monitor passenger numbers, travel times, and to plan where future lines need to be developed. Largescale surveys of stations, tramways, or railway lines conducted at different times reveal a fascinating level of historical detail about the
local significance of public transport to the city.
Reproduced from The Picc-Vic Project brochure, Greater Manchester Council, 1975. The ambitious early 1970s plans for an underground link between Piccadilly and Victoria stations were never realised despite this mapping. (Some more details on the Picc-Vic wikipedia page.)