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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 Piccadilly station and enable faster, more frequent services to run across the North of England.

  • Public Inquiry documents

    A Public Inquiry will be held in spring 2014 with further information and supporting documentation appearing here as it becomes available:

    • Closing submission
    • Conditions
    • Core documents
    • General Inquiry documents
    • Inquiry bulletins
    • Inquiry programme
    • Network Rail documents
    • Objector / representor documents
    • Proofs of evidence 
    • Questions of clarification
    • Scope of Inquiry
  • Rebuttals

    • Supporter documents
  • Ordsall chord map

  • 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 new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool
    • Six fast trains an hour between Leeds and Manchester (as opposed to four now)
    • Faster journeys across the north
    • A new direct service through Manchester city centre to Manchester Airport
    • Faster journey times to Hull, Newcastle and the North East

    Next steps

    Following 18 months of consultation with local and regional stakeholders, plans for the Ordsall Chord were submitted for consideration to the Transport and Works Act Unit within the Department for Transport on 16 September 2013.

    Application documents

    The application documents are available online. 

    Further information about the development of our plans is available on our consultation website at

    Deadline for representations

    The deadline for representations on the proposals was 28 October 2013.

    Correspondence can still be sent to the Transport and Works Act Orders Unit at:

    The Secretary of State for Transport
    c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit
    General Counsel’s Office
    Department for Transport
    Zone 1/18 Great Minster House
    33 Horseferry Road
    SW1P 4DR


    Ordsall Chord timeline

    1. Autumn / Winter 2011 Consultation on outline scheme
    2. Autumn 2012 Phase 2 consultation
    3. Spring 2013 Phase 3 consultation
    4. 16 September 2013 Submission of final scheme to the TWA unit
    5. 28 October 2013 Closing date to submit feedback to TWA unit
    6. Autumn 2014 Application to be determined by the Department for Transport
    7. December 2016 Ordsall Chord to be operational

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