Easter spotlight: Ordsall Chord01 March 2016
Over the Easter bank holiday, more than 15,000 members of
Network Rail’s Orange Army will be working night and day to deliver £60m of
improvements to the railway as part of Network Rail’s £40bn investment in its
Railway Upgrade Plan.
This series of bite-size features takes a closer look at
the work they’ll be carrying out across Britain to create a better, more
What’s the Ordsall Chord
A new section of track will be built to create a direct
link between Manchester’s three main train stations – Piccadilly, Victoria and
Oxford Road – for the very first time.
The track will be built near Ordsall, to the north west
of Castlefield Junction, and will link the Castlefield Junction line with the
Deal Street Junction line.
The aim is to improve rail links in and around
Manchester, helping to ease congestion on the railway and allowing faster, more
frequent train services across the north of England. This will provide better
connectivity between key cities including Hull, Newcastle, Liverpool, Leeds and
Ordsall Chord is part of an investment of over £1bn to
improve the railway in the north of England, and will be completed in 2017.
What will the work
To help create the new Ordsall Chord railway link between
Manchester’s three main stations, engineers will be moving track on the
approach to Manchester Victoria station. When the 300-metre-long new track
section has been completed it will be able to connect with the new track layout.
It’s just part of the scheme of works going on in the
area – railway arches are being strengthened to enable longer, faster electric trains
and more train services, plus Middlewood Viaduct is being widened and a new bridge installed, to name just a few.
Why are we doing the
300 metres of track; thousands of potential new
connections. The Ordsall Chord link will help revolutionise rail travel in the
north of England, bringing a host of benefits for people across the region.
Not only will this work create a direct link between
Manchester’s three key stations, making it easier for people across the city to
get around, but the benefits will reach many of the cities’ key neighbours,
opening up more opportunities for people from across the region to visit, work
and connect with one another.
It’s the expansive next step in Network Rail’s plans to improve
and transform links between the economic and industrial centres across the
North, for passengers and freight alike.
- Two new fast trains every hour between
Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
- Two new fast trains every hour between Leeds
and Manchester (bringing the total number to six)
- Faster journeys across the North, including
to Hull, Newcastle and the North East
- A new direct service through Manchester city
centre to Manchester Airport
How will Easter train
services be affected?
Manchester Victoria and Salford Central stations will be closed
for 11 days from Thursday 24 March to Sunday 3 April, and will reopen on Monday
4 April. This has been planned to coincide with the Easter school break, when
traditionally fewer people travel.
Trains will be diverted to Manchester Piccadilly and
Oxford Road stations in the meantime, and bus replacements will also be made
available. Trams will continue to run to Manchester Victoria station.
Passengers are urged to check their journey plans before travelling over Easter, and allow plenty of time
for their journey.
Manchester Victoria is also closed every Sunday over 12
weeks until Sunday 17 April.
Find out more
See the Ordsall Chord project page