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  • Our plans: Manchester Oxford Road

    We need to widen the railway viaduct around Oxford Road station to help increase capacity for faster, more frequent trains.

  •  Oxford Road aerial view 

    The plans include:

    • Extending platforms 1 to 4 to allow for longer trains
    • Providing a new station footbridge
    • Improvements to signalling
    • Removing platform 5 from operational use.

    Chosen alignment

    Following analysis of two options, Option A is being progressed for further development.

    Manchester Oxford road Option A 

    This option remodels the existing rail alignment so that it is extended in a north westerly direction over Whitworth Street West to allow for reconfigured platforms and signalling alterations. It means that the Grade II cast iron bridge over Gloucester Street can be retained, although widening to the north and south of the bridge would enclose the bridge and limit the ability to see it from the highway.

    During the further development of the scheme, and as a result of a change in the rail improvement specification, an opportunity has been identified to provide space at Oxford Road station to accommodate longer eight car trains, potentially providing more capacity and space for passengers in the future. This requires a slightly longer structure on Whitworth Street West, extending down the road away from the station.

    Advantages

    • The plans would provide a covered pedestrian walkway along part of Whitworth Street West and allow the pavement area to be widened and improved
    • This option seeks to minimise the amount of land needed to deliver the scheme
    • It minimises potential impact on nearby development sites
    • There would be no anticipated impact on the River Medlock and Hotspur Press building