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  • Ordsall Chord

    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

  • Computer generated image of the proposed Ordsall Chord

    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

    Princes Bridge is now closed and people should follow diversions over the new bridge on Trinity Way

  • The plans

    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.

    The benefits

    • Two fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
    • More frequent services between Manchester and Leeds (six per hour)
    • Faster journey times between Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds
    • A new direct service across the north to Manchester Airport 
  • Project update – May bank holiday 2016 

     

    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.  

     

    Stay in touch

    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.