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Published on : Saturday, March 26, 2016
Network Rail today welcomed the Court of Appeal’s decision to dismiss a legal challenge to the process by which permission was granted for a much-needed railway improvement in central Manchester.The Ordsall Chord is part of a vast programme of improvements across the north of England included in Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan.
By linking Manchester’s three main railway stations – Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road – the Ordsall Chord will improve capacity. As part of the wider work in the north, it will help support the delivery of faster, more frequent services between towns and cities across the region.
Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “We welcome this decision which will allow us to continue to implement the Ordsall Chord Order. The Ordsall Chord is an essential part of the Northern Programme and once built, will help remove congestion from Manchester Piccadilly. This will help create space for hundreds more trains to operate through the city each day.
“The new viaduct will provide many benefits to not only the population of Greater Manchester but the whole of the north of England.“Vast improvements within transport networks go hand in hand with boosting the economy both locally and nationally. There will be improved connectivity between the great cities of the north, helping boost the economy, prosperity and create jobs across the region.”
Today’s decision was given by Simon LJ in the Court of Appeal in London. The Court dismissed all three appeals made by Mark Whitby against the decision of Lang J in the Planning Court: two statutory challenges of the Transport and Works Act order and of the Listed Building Consent, and a judicial review of the planning permission. The Court of Appeal will hand down its judgement early in the new term, after Easter.