Manchester Victoria and Salford Central stations reopened today
Manchester Victoria and Salford Central Station re-opened today after a 10-day closure, for the Ordsall Chord project. The 10-day closure allowed for infrastructure reworks, which consisted of a moved track, widening of the Middlewood viaduct, a new bridge installation and strengthing railway arches. The Chord will reduce overcrowding at Manchester Piccadilly by a quarter when completed in December 2017.
The whole project is part of Network Rail’s £1bn Northern Programme which will consist of a new railway bridge which is known as a Network Arch that will be the first of its kind in Britain. Furthermore, the bridge known as the George Stephenson’s Bridge will be refurbished as part of the whole development which is listed as Grade 1.
The route manager director Martin Frobisher stated “The Ordsall Chord will provide many benefits and play a major role in helping us deliver the Northern Programme. Not only will it link two major stations in Manchester and speed up journey times but it will provide a boost to the local economy, helping create thousands of new jobs.”
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