Manchester city centre’s main stations to be connected by Ordsall Chord viaduct

October 2017
  • The 300 metres of new track will link Manchester city centre main railway stations.
  • The upgrade will create more capacity on the railway and more frequent services.
  • Manchester Piccadilly station congestion will be reduced by 25%, with some services being rerouted through Manchester Victoria.
  • Accessibility to Manchester Airport will be improved with access available across the north of England.
  • The local and wider economy will be boosted, helping create more jobs.

Since October 2015, work has been taking place on the Ordsall Chord to connect Manchester city centre’s stations. 300 metres of new track will create a link between Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly station for the first time.

This vital piece of track needed a huge amount of work including realigning existing track, building new bridges, removing disused arches and restoring Grade I listed structures.

Once the work is completed in December 2017, the chord will help provide many benefits not only to passengers but also to the wider economy.

Benefits include:

  • New direct links to Manchester Airport from across the north of England.
  • Congestion reduced at Manchester Piccadilly by a quarter, with some services being rerouted through Manchester Victoria.
  • More capacity on the railway, meaning more frequent trains to run.
  • Improved connectivity for those travelling through the city and beyond.
  • The local and wider economy will be boosted, helping create more jobs.
  • New links near to new business and residential developments.

The project supports the delivery of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North Rail Project, a team effort to transform train travel for customers in the north of England by Network Rail, Northern, TransPennine Express, Transport for the North and DfT.

Further information
https://www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/lnw/ordsall-chord