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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.
Preparatory work has been taking place for a number of
months on overhead lines, signalling, waterproofing and piling.
The next phase will see existing track outside Manchester Victoria
station realigned so the chord will be able to fit in. This is a major
piece of engineering, and for our Orange Army to carry out the work safely,
Manchester Victoria and Salford Central will temporarily close from Thursday
24 March until Sunday 3 April. They will reopen on Monday 4
During this time, no trains will run from or to either
station. Alternative bus services will be available and the trams will
not be affected.
Please check before you travel at the National Rail Enquiries website.
For safety reasons, there is a current 20mph speed
restriction on Trinity Way as foundation and excavation work takes place for
This will result in some overnight closures of lanes.
From 9am on Thursday 24 March to 12pm on Friday 25 March, there will be a closure
to north-east-bound traffic. There will be diversions via Hampson Street and East
Ordsall Lane. This is due to a crane being sited on the north-east carriageway to carry
From 12am on Sunday 27 March to 12pm on Monday 28 March,
there will be a further closure to north-east-bound traffic with the same diversion due
to an excavator being on site.
There will be further temporary lane and street closures as
A lane on Water Street Lane will be closed for six weeks
from Monday 29 February due to piling works at the junction of Water Street and
Liverpool Road under the bridge. Three-way traffic will be maintained. Water St Lane closure - letter
Viaduct Street will be closed for two days on Saturday 12 March
and Saturday 19 March. This is due to a crane being sited on the carriageway for
Crane works will also mean an overnight closure on Norton
and Gorton Street between 10pm and 8am on Thursday 24 March. Norton Street
will be closed for a further two days on Sunday 27 March. Victoria West upcoming works - letter
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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