Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Passengers in the Manchester area are being urged to check before they travel as work to connect Manchester’s two main train stations gears up over the last two weekends in May.The Ordsall Chord, which is part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ investment in the railway in the north, will link Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly stations, significantly improving connections in the region as well as reducing the amount of congestion currently seen at Manchester Piccadilly by 25%. It is due to open in December 2017.
On Sunday 22 May, Manchester Victoria will be closed to all train services while essential track work takes place in the area.This work will not affect the Metrolink service at the station; alternative bus services will be available and other stations in the city will be open as usual.
There will also be changes to certain train services on the Liverpool line over the bank holiday weekend from Saturday 28 May until the last service on Monday 30 May. Additionally, services will be affected on Sunday 5 and Sunday 12 June.
Route delivery director for Network Rail, Nick Spall, said: “Since we began work on the Ordsall Chord in October 2015, we’ve made good progress and remain on target for completion of the new line by December 2017.
“These closures are necessary to maintain this progress and will involve essential track work in the Victoria area. The orange army will also be installing overhead line equipment, which is needed to electrify the Ordsall Chord, and removing redundant arches on the Middlewood Viaduct so we can connect the new line with the existing railway.
“I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we carry out this work, which will improve links within the city, help deliver faster and more frequent trains across the north of England and boost the region’s economy.”
Chris Nutton, major project director at Transpennine Express, said: “The development of the Ordsall Chord is a significant step in improving the rail infrastructure and capacity in the North West and we welcome these improvement works. Unfortunately to build tomorrow’s railway we have to amend some of today’s services.
“Services between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool Lime Street will be amended for a number of weekends and we are advising customers to check the details of their journey before travelling. Customers can travel from Manchester Piccadilly on affected weekends and where possible we will look to provide longer trains to and from Liverpool.”
Alex Hynes, Managing Director at Northern said: “Once completed in 2017, the Ordsall Chord development will not only link together Manchester stations but it will also enable electric trains to run across the north of England. Many of our customers in the region are looking forward to the benefits these will bring to their journeys with us; more seats, faster journeys and better trains.
“While trains will not call at Manchester Victoria on 22 May, journeys into other Manchester stations are not impacted and we will be running rail replacement services from Rochdale, Stalybridge and Salford Crescent. Our advice to customers is to check before travelling and allow additional time where possible.”
Source:- Network Rail