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Manchester rail improvements get green light

March 26, 2011

Some good news in this week’s budget for long-suffering rail user in Manchester, when the chancellor gave the go-ahead to Network Rail’s Northern (a.k.a. Manchester) Hub plans, a package of capacity upgrades including a couple of extra through platforms at Piccadilly and a new curve from Salford Central station to Deansgate allowing trains from Leeds and Rochdale to come into Victoria before following the new route round to Piccadilly and the Airport.
It’s not yet clear how this will impact services to/from Walkden – but hopefully it will mean better facilities at Victoria and an improvement on the woeful connections for trains to/from Yorkshire.
There are more details of the plans – which could be running as soon as 2016 – on Network Rail’s website here.

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