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Timelapse video showing the installation of the steel ribs to form the new roof, with the ninth and largest rib lifted into place on Saturday 2 August.
As part of our strategy for rail in the north, we have big plans for Manchester Victoria - a £44m transformation of the station into a transport interchange that is safer, brighter and more spacious.
The station has been punching below its weight for some time. At Manchester’s second largest mainline railway station, we are creating a fitting gateway to the city to meet growing passenger demand.
The redevelopment forms a key part of a £1bn+ investment programme to boost rail capacity across the north of England with faster, more frequent services connecting key cities and towns.
Known as the Northern Hub and North West Electrification programme, the work is scheduled to complete in 2019 and will allow hundreds more trains to run each day and provide space for millions more passengers a year.
Manchester Victoria station opened in 1844 and encompasses a number of Grade II listed buildings and features which we are working to preserve and restore in the redevelopment.
A programme of sympathetic renovations includes work on the war memorial, glass dome, Soldiers Gate, station mosaics, wall map and the familiar glass and iron canopy that runs the length of the station façade.
The redevelopment has been meticulously planned to keep the station open and to allow services to operate.
We are improving accessibility throughout the station and have recently opened a brand new bridge connecting the station with the Phones 4u arena.
We would like to thank the public for their patience while we build a better station.
The Metrolink infrastructure is being completely remodelled, expanding from two to three tracks. Work is being carried out to rebuild the stop and, when complete, will feature additional platforms and improved passenger facilities.
Throughout the works, trams continue to pass through Manchester Victoria in both directions on a single line of track. In order to safely maximise the number of trams that can run on the single line, the stop is temporarily closed to passengers.
Metrolink passengers are advised to use the nearby Shudehill stop for connections with Manchester Victoria’s rail services and the Phones 4u arena. For more information on the closure, Metrolink upgrades and service information, please visit the Metrolink website.
For a new Metrolink website which provides more information on the Victoria remodelling, as well as updates on a range of other projects please visit www.transformationinformation.co.uk
Spectacular view of the new ETFE roof cladding installation, October 2014
A milestone reached in September 2014 when the first ETFE roof panels went in
All the ribs are in place to form the new roof, October 2014
The new design respects the station’s heritage restoring key features like the Victorian glass dome
August 2014: the ninth steel ‘rib’ of the new roof structure is lowered into place
July 2014: transforming Manchester Victoria station
Computer generated image of an aerial view of the proposed Manchester Victoria station
Computer generated image of the inside of the proposed Manchester Victoria station