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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 - Easter 2016: Changes to train services

    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 April.

    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 the chord. 

    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 out works.

    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 work progresses.

    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 trackside works.

    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

    Stay in touch

    You can email the project team with any further queries at

    We will update this page with further information as it becomes available.