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Manchester Victoria station refurbishment - temporary concourse closure

05 August 2013

The £44m investment in Manchester Victoria station is an integral part of our wider investment plans for the North to help provide over £4bn worth of wider economic benefits to the region.


The refurbished station will be safer, brighter and more spacious and will transform Victoria into a transport interchange able to cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers in the north.

Demolition teams are working throughout Summer 2013 to remove the old roof and will shortly be installing new steel beams up to 120 meters long to support the new roof structure. The roof is due for completion in Summer 2014 with the station refurbishment scheduled to finish in early 2015.

Temporary closure of the concourse

The station concourse will be partially closed on Sunday 11 August 2013 from 14:00 until the early hours of Monday morning 12 August 2013 to facilitate the dismantling of the roof section.

The closure is from the toilets near Soldier’s Gate to Northern Rail’s customer information point. There will be no access to the station platforms from Long Millgate or Victoria Station Approach:

  • Access to the station will be from the bottom of platform 3 - the entrance and exit will be clearly marked with additional staff on duty
  • Platforms 1 and 2 will be out of use
  • Platforms 4, 5 and 6 can be accessed by the over-bridge as normal
  • The ticket office will remain open with additional staff
  • Train services will run as normal with some platform alterations

The Victoria Metrolink stop will also be closed with the nearest station, Shudehill around 120m from Victoria.

The redevelopment

Manchester Victoria is at the heart of our investment plans for the North to to stimulate economic growth and allow up to 700 more trains to run across the North every day carrying 44m more passengers a year.

Labelled as Britain’s ‘worst station’ in 2009 (DfTs 'Better Stations' report), the current facilities meet neither basic passenger expectations nor project the welcoming modern image expected by the many visitors arriving into Manchester.

Read more about the redevelopment of Manchester Victoria station.