Network Rail to begin Manchester rail link consultation

Network Rail plans to build a new viaduct connecting Manchester’s three major rail stations – Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly – will be put out for public consultation next week.

The proposals, which form part of Network Rail’s plan to improve railways across the north, will be showcased in a series of exhibitions across Manchester and Salford.

The new piece of track – known as the Ordsall Chord – will allow more trains through the region (see box).

It will be located to the north west of Castlefield Junction, crossing the River Irwell between Salford and Manchester.

“The Ordsall Chord is the first part of our wider plan to bring a better railway to the north of England,” said Network Rail route managing director Jo Kaye.

“Our proposals will help the economy, making it easier for people to travel between the towns and cities of the North as a result of greatly improved connections across the region.”

New services will include:

– Two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool

– Six fast trains an hour between Leeds and Manchester

– A new direct train through Manchester to the airport

– Faster journey times to Hull, Newcastle and the North East

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