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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.

    Our plans

    Our plans, which will deliver a fitting gateway to the city, include:

    • A new, brighter roof that allows for future expansion of the station
    • An improved concourse, including a new bridge link to the Manchester Arena, making the entire station fully accessible
    • Improvements to the footbridge spanning platforms 3-6 allowing for growth in passenger numbers
    • Sympathetic refurbishment of the Grade II listed Victoria buildings - including the war memorial, glass dome, Soldiers Gate and the wall map - restoring them to their former glory
    • A refurbished external canopy, new lighting and glazed entrances to revitalise the Victoria Buildings
    • A revamp of the retail spaces and opening of new ones for a better shopping experience
    • Improvements to the ticket hall and the paved station approach
    • Upgraded Metrolink facilities

    Old roof – new roof

    As anyone who has been to Victoria on a rainy day can tell you, there's a problem with the roof. That’s why we plan to replace the old, leaking roof with a brand new, state of the art one befitting the grand design of the station buildings.

    The £16m new roof is likely to be made of ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) – the material used at Piccadilly station, the Eden Project in Cornwall and the swimming pool built for the Beijing Olympics, known as the Water Cube.

    ETFE is lighter, cheaper and lets in more light than glass. It’s also self cleaning, making it an ideal material.

  • 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. Autumn/Winter 2014: Completion of external works on Victoria Buidlings. Metrolink upgrades complete. Completion of ETFE roof and concourse resurfacing.
    6. Early 2015: Project completes.
  • Image gallery

    Computer generated image of the inside of the proposed Manchester Victoria station

    Computer generated image of an aerial view of the proposed Manchester Victoria station

    The nearly 100 meters long and 70 tonnes heavy ninth rib is lowered into place.