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September 9, 2014

Network Rail to start consultation on railway between Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations in Manchester

UK infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to launch a public consultation on the development of the railway between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road stations next we

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UK infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to launch a public consultation on the development of the railway between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road stations next week.

Network Rail plans to build two additional platforms and widen the existing viaduct through the city between the two stations.

These proposed works fall within the £1bn Northern Hub project, which aims to deliver faster, more frequent services and stimulate economic growth as a result of improved connections between towns and cities.

Network Rail area director Ian Joslin said: "This level of building and engineering through the centre of Manchester is a significant challenge and we are keen to speak to as many people as possible ahead of our final proposals being submitted."

"The projects the Northern Hub investment will deliver are essential for us to bring our Victorian rail infrastructure into the modern age."

These additional platforms and wider railway will increase the number of trains passing through the city from 12 to 16 trains an hour in each direction, as well as reduce travel time due of the flexibility of express services.

Transport for Greater Manchester committee councillor and chair Andrew Fender said: "The projects the Northern Hub investment will deliver are essential for us to bring our Victorian rail infrastructure into the modern age and ensure it can accommodate more trains and passengers both now and long into the future."

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The consultation will take place until 3 October and if approved, work will start in 2016 with trains due to use the new track from December 2018.


Image: An artist’s impression of the redeveloped Manchester Oxford Road station. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.

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