experience on our website. If you continue, we'll assume that you are happy to receive
Timetables and travel
Our Railway's Future
Our work in the community
Railway upgrade plan
Working with us
Using our network
Retail at our stations
Why choose us
Meet our people
How to apply
Joining Network Rail
Jobs at our national centre
Training and development
Rewards and benefits
What would the station look like when the proposed works are completed? This 3D animation shows Oxford Road with the widened railway at Whitworth Street West, and Piccadilly’s new viaduct supporting platforms 15 and 16, and the extended footbridge.
We’re investing over £1bn to deliver faster, more frequent services across the north. The Northern Hub is part of this programme and has several key packages of work, two of which include:
The Northern Hub will help meet growing demand for rail travel across the north and, critically, help stimulate economic growth by better connecting cities and towns.
In 2013 we consulted on two potential alignment options to increase capacity at Oxford Road station and three potential options at Manchester Piccadilly station.
Based on guidance from the Department for Transport, the merits of each option were assessed against the following criteria:
This assessment helped us decide upon a preferred option for each of the proposals:
Extending the railway corridor over Whitworth Street West was identified as the best performing alignment based on the assessment criteria. The plans for Oxford Road include:
A new viaduct closely following the line of the existing railway represented the best performing alignment based on the assessment criteria. The plans for Piccadilly include:
Following an extensive period of public consultation Network Rail submitted an application to the Secretary of State for Transport on 18 December for the necessary powers to improve the railway at Manchester Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations.
Any objections to, or other representations about the proposals should be sent to:
Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit,
General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House,
33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR.
You can also contact them by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An objection or representation must:
If you are sending your objection or other representation by e-mail, please provide a postal address and state "Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road Capacity Scheme TWA Order" in the subject of the email.
Please note, the Secretary of State may make complete copies of the objections and other representations public, including any personal information in them, and will copy them to the applicant for the order.
As well as the application documents, you can also visit our consultation website to read more about the development of the scheme and construction strategy. If you have any further questions on the proposals you can send them to us at our email address.
If you have any questions, contact the project team at Hubconsultation-OxPicc@networkrail.co.uk or call our 24 hour helpline 08457 11 41 41.
You can download copies of the application documents below.
Artist's impression looking south at the new viaduct at Manchester Piccadilly
Artist's impression looking north at the new viaduct at Manchester Piccadilly
Artist's impression of Oxford Road station following completion of the rail improvement scheme
Artisit's impression - view down Whitworth Street West following completion of the rail improvement scheme