Published on : Monday, December 11, 2017
Timetable alterations are made and new projects are unveiled for the railways of Britain and Europe in the second weekend in December. With the start of the revised services, the UK’s most significant new train link will be a non-stop hop between Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road.
The 8.40am departure of a service scheduled to take just six minutes is expected to be crowded with rail enthusiasts. It marks the first run by a scheduled passenger train around the Ordsall Chord, a 300-metre stretch of new track over what is claimed to be “the world’s first asymmetrical rail bridge”.
The train operator Northern will have the first service run. The rail minister, Paul Maynard said that it is a historic day for the north and for the rail travel in the UK as Manchester’s three main stations are linked for the first time.
This £85m link has been created by Network Rail and said that the congestion at Manchester Piccadilly will reduce by a quarter with some services being rerouted through Manchester Victoria.
“There will be more capacity on the railway, meaning more frequent trains to run.”
As Victoria and Oxford Road stations will be connected for the first time, the Ordsall Chord will provide a link from Leeds to Manchester airport which does not require trains to reverse, and free up space by reducing the number of services terminating at Victoria. As of now, only one train will run every two hours on the chord on weekdays from Leeds, Bradford, Halifax and Rochdale. More trains will be added by until 2018.