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  • Manchester Victoria station redevelopment

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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.

  • On schedule

    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.

  • Why now, why Victoria

     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.


    Modern and accessible

    • The new roof, a £16m contemporary structure, will transform Manchester Victoria into a bright, modern and fitting gateway to the city.
    • Significant improvements to the station concourse, including a new fully accessible bridge linking to the arena, and to the footbridge spanning platforms 3-6 will allow for future growth in passenger numbers.
    • A modern retail space and new units will complement the passengers' experience.
    • Refurbishment of the original ticket hall and modern glazed entrances will lift the overall look, feel and usability of the station.
    • The upgrade of the Metrolink facilities, with new platforms and track, will enable the wider expansion of Greater Manchester’s tram network.

    Historical preservation

    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.

    Keeping you moving

    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 arena.

    We would like to thank the public for their patience while we build a better station.

  • Changes to Metrolink services

    The Metrolink infrastructure is being completely remodelled, expanding from two to three tracks. The transformation of the tram stop features additional platforms and improved passenger facilities.

    Throughout the works, trams continue to pass through station in both directions and after an extended closure of the stop, services are now able to call again at Manchester Victoria.

    For more information on Metrolink upgrades and service information, please visit


  • Timeline

    Timeline - Manchester Victoria

    1. Spring 2013: Scaffolding erected, temporary roof deck installed. Work begins on dismantling old roof and on concourse substructure.
    2. Winter 2013: Work starts on High Level Link Bridge. Cleaning starts on Victoria building façades. Metrolink upgrade begins.
    3. Spring 2014: Installation of new roof trusses begins.
    4. Summer 2014: Old roof fully dismantled. Ticket gates installed. High level Link Bridge structural work completes. Victoria building façades fully cleaned and internal restoration complete. Installation of new ETFE roof begins.
    5. Winter 2014/15: Completion of external works on Victoria Buildings. Metrolink upgrades complete. Completion of ETFE roof and concourse resurfacing.
    6. 2015: Project completes.
  • Image gallery

    December 2014: ETFE roof cladding installation

    February 2015: Interior view of the station

    November 2014: Installing the ETFE roof

    October 2014: Spectacular view of the new ETFE roof cladding installation

    October 2014: All the ribs are in place to form the new roof


    A milestone reached in September 2014 when the first ETFE roof panels went in

    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

    Commissioning and testing of new Metrolink overhead line equipment

    Latest photo of the new ETFE roof taken in February