Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017
A flagship scheme in the Great North Rail Project, part of Britain’s Railway Upgrade Plan, Ordsall Chord is a new section of track linking Manchester’s three main railway stations – Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria.
The chord will also create new direct links to Manchester Airport from cities such as Bradford and will reduce congestion at Manchester Piccadilly meaning more trains will be free to stop there.
To finish the scheme Network Rail needs to replace sections of Chapel Street bridge in Salford, to strengthen New Bailey Street bridge and to remodel tracks through Salford Central. It also needs to fit new signalling and overhead line equipment.
Certain road closures will be in place while a crane is used to work on the Chapel Street bridge. This means Chapel Street will be closed between New Bailey Street and Bury Street between 10 April and 28 April.
Yorkshire Street, Johnson Street, Browncross Street and Quay Street will be closed between 7 April and 28 April 2017. Diversions will be in place.
Mike Heywood, project director for Network Rail, said: “We’d ask people to bear with the short-term pain of service changes knowing that from December this scheme will be finished and bring major benefits to train customers across the north.”
To carry out this work safely, some train services in and out of Manchester Victoria will be affected across the following dates:
Early Thursday 13 April across Easter until the last service on bank holiday Monday 1 May
Every Sunday from May 7 until 2 July
Early Sunday 28 May until the last service on bank holiday 29 May
Early Saturday 8 and 15 July until the last service on Sunday 9 and 16 July
Sunday 20 and 27 August
Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 September and Sunday 3, 10, 17, 24 September and 1 October