The Northern Hub project unlocks railway routes, improves connections and provides faster journey times across the north of England with Manchester at its centre. Victoria Station has had a major refurbishment and a new section of railway, the Ordsall Chord, will connect Piccadilly and Victoria stations for the first time. Oxford Road Station is to be expanded, and platforms 15 and 16 will be added to the south of Piccadilly station on a new 1km long viaduct.
Most of the Northern Hub project focuses on changes to the operational infrastructure with a requirement for a series of new bridges and viaducts in one of the most important sites in the history of the railway, adjacent to Liverpool Road Station which was the first passenger railway station in the world. The ribbon forms of the new bridges are intended to complement and contrast with the surrounding historic buildings with three Grade I listed and 21 Grade II listed structures affected by, or adjacent to, the new railway infrastructure. The use of pre-weathered steel has been chosen to blend with the surrounding viaducts, and careful analysis of the existing structures is required to respect the neighbouring structures.
It’s so important, a project which will link Victoria and Piccadilly for the first time and a scheme which is intrinsically linked to the whole northern programme that will bring faster, and more frequent trains between all the major cities in the north, between Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds and will create jobs and growth.Chris Montgomery programme director for Network Rail North of England