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As part of our plan to improve rail travel in the North, Northern Hub, we need to build a new viaduct to connect Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations
This investment will help ease a rail bottleneck to the south of Manchester Piccadilly station and allow faster, more frequent services to run across the North of England.
Between March 24 and 4 April 2016, both Manchester Victoria and
Salford Central train stations were closed as we completed essential work on
the Ordsall Chord. Work included track realignment, demolishing a bridge
and installing a new one as well as arch strengthening.
Ordsall chord map
Since October 2015, work has been taking place on the
Ordsall Chord. The chord will be 300 metres of new track that will
create a new link between Manchester city centre’s main train stations. Once completed, it will help reduce congestion at Piccadilly by rerouting
services through Manchester Victoria station. This will increase capacity, meaning more trains will be able to run.
Being able to transport more people and improve links across
the north brings wider benefits, helping create thousands of jobs. The
regional economy could benefit by an estimated £4billion with more trains
running through stations and improved freight paths.
The Ordsall Chord will also support the delivery of the Railway Upgrade Plan for the north.
Princes Bridge is now closed and people should follow diversions over the new bridge on Trinity Way
The plans include a new section of track to the north west of Castlefield Junction, in the vicinity of Ordsall. This will link the Castlefield Junction line with the Deal Street Junction line, connecting Manchester’s three main stations for the very first time.
Work is continuing at a fast pace on the Ordsall Chord which means there will be some changes to train services on the Liverpool line over the bank holiday weekend and beyond.
From Saturday 28 May to Monday, the Transpennine Express service from Newcastle to Liverpool will start and terminate at Manchester Victoria. The same service will also be affected on Sunday 5 June and Sunday 12 June. Please check before you travel.
There will be a partial closure to Trinity Way for NE bound traffic due to a large crane being on site.
The closure will be in effect from 8pm Saturday 28 May until the morning of Tuesday 31 May.
There will also be a closure on Sunday 29 May from midnight to 9am from the Water Street junction to Hampson Street.
Diversions will be in place.
At the moment, for safety reasons, there is a current 20mph speed restriction on Trinity Way as foundation and excavation work takes place for the chord.
You can email the project team with any further queries at Ordsallchord@networkrail.co.uk.
We will update this page with further information as it becomes available.
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