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VIDEO: Piccadilly And Oxford Road's Northern Hub Revamp

Network Rail release 3D fly-through video of work to be undertaken at Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations

Published on October 8th 2014.


VIDEO: Piccadilly And Oxford Road's Northern Hub Revamp
 

NETWORK Rail have released a 3D animation showing how major engineering works will change the face of Piccadilly and Oxford Road stations as part of the wider Northern Hub rail project.

Manchester must address 'long standing bottlenecks which limit the amount of services'.

The video (see here) displays two of the project's key redevelopments:

- The widening of the railway viaduct and the lengthening of platforms at Oxford Road station.

- The installation of two new platforms (platforms 15 and 16) at Manchester Piccadilly.

Northern Hub - PiccadillyNorthern Hub - Piccadilly

Network Rail have promised more than £1 billion of railway investment across the north of England by 2019, with the aim to deliver 700 more trains each day across the North and provide space for an additional 44 million passengers.

The £600m Northern Hub project is part of this wider programme and includes upgrades to Piccadilly, Oxford Road, Victoria, Manchester Airport and along the Ordsall Chord - which will see a new section by the Castlefield Junction linking Piccadilly with Victoria and Oxford Road stations.

In a recent report published by the Council, forecasts suggest that at Manchester Piccadilly alone, peak demand will increase by 13% by 2019 and 21% by 2024, and all day passenger demand will increase by 26% by 2019 and 39% in 2024.

The reports states that Manchester - as one of the most important rail hubs in the country linking the whole of the north through fourteen key rail corridors - must address 'long standing bottlenecks which limit the amount of services'.

The Northern Hub project intends to meet these demands by accommodating larger trains with more capacity at longer platforms, increasing trains through Manchester from twelve to sixteen an hour, and reducing delays by allowing faster services to overtake trains that have stopped.

Northern Hub - Oxford Road stationNorthern Hub - Oxford Road station

The economic benefit of the Northern Hub project, the report claims, will generate up to £4.2 billion and create up to 20,000 to 30,000 new jobs for the region.

The public consultation period for the works has just drawn to a close and planning for the project is expected to be submitted before the end of 2014.

Work is expected to commence in 2016 and be complete completion by 2019.

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52 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

It will create jobs for the construction industry as they build it, but how will it create 20,000 to 30,000 jobs once it's built? I assume that building it will also encourage people to not use there cars?

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GimboidOctober 8th 2014.

Improving connectivity between the cities (which is what the Northern Hub is all about, this isn't just about the two stations) is expected to attract businesses and investment to the region.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

@ Gimboid Businesses and investors that rely and will use trains? The roads will be quieer won't they?

GimboidOctober 9th 2014.

Sorry Anon but I don't understand your questions. Please post it again using proper sentences and sensible spelling and I'll try to respond.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

*quieter

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Some people just don't have a grasp of basic economics. Or anything that isn't a 1+1=2 explanation. It's not worth explaining.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

It looks brilliant with all of those new archways coz that means Manchester's red light district will benefit too.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

Great news for Manchester, if the Tories win next years general election that is! Forget it (along with HS2, HS3 & all other major transport infrastructure schemes outside of their beloved London) if Labour wins though.

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rinkydinkOctober 8th 2014.

I sincerely hope that Labour do not win the election. It is curtains for this country if that lot get in

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

Northern Hub was given the go ahead under the last government you tool. It is the current administration that tipped an economy that was growing at the time of the last recession into recession then years of little to no growth, sucking out demand and hitting confidence. Osborne is an incompetent and you are a gullible fool for being taken in by his spin.

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

*at the time of the last election

DarrenOctober 9th 2014.

Funny how people in Manchester who spout bile about the Tories and remember every little thing they did wrong, yet they totally forget all the wrong Labour have done down the years! Didn't Labour oppose the 2nd runway at Manchester Airport? And wasn't it Labour who wanted to block the completion of the M60? And lets not even discuss illegal wars and throwing benefits at everyone they could to keep them off the unemployment list? And at a local level, who spent millions on an eyesore that's totally ruined Library Walk? Open your eyes and engage your brain. Labour are totally London centric. This isn't the 1980's, Maggie's not in charge and closing pits. This is 2014 and the Tories are giving power to the regions, something Labour never did. They are investing billions across the north, and in particular in Manchester, something Labour never did.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

The Northern Hub was first proposed by Network Rail back in 2010 (the Manchester Hub in 2009), but it was George Osborne who came up with the cash and committed the Government to the full scheme in 2012. Don't let these ignorant Labour supporting "tools" (Anon 9:18 PM above) tell you otherwise.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Those two parties are as bad as each other. It's the people that are left to pick up the pieces and pay for the decisions made by some posh wealthy people in London, just like it's the civilians that deal with the aftermath of any conflict long after the soldiers have gone.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Back in 1997, the new Labour Minister for Transport, Gavin Strang, tried to stop the completion of the M60 orbital motorway around Manchester - even though it was already under construction believe it or not! Expect Ed Balls to do the same with this project & HS2 etc - if Labour disastrously win next years election?

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

The "manchester hub" IS the "northern hub". It's the same scheme, committed to prior to the last election.

rinkydinkOctober 9th 2014.

I don't think Labour will actually get in anyway. There's hopefully not enough deluded Labour supporters left

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Thankfully there are not enough people who are stupid enough to vote Tory. The party that by their own admission have transferred funds from poor urbanised mainly northern areas to affluent leafy mainly southern areas speaks volumes about their values. A party that has proven itself to be incompetent in running the economy, turning growth into recession. A party that time and again champions vested interests of large corporations over SMEs and millions of ordinary people. A party obsessed with the EU to the exclusion of innumerable other things that actually matter. No ta.

rinkydinkOctober 9th 2014.

Deluded

AnonymousOctober 10th 2014.

Should have been proposed & committed to at least a decade ago (according to many), but finally committed to by a Tory Chancellor in 2012 - AND THAT'S A FACT!

AnonymousOctober 10th 2014.

Anon 6:42 PM - I think you're confusing the Tories with Tony Blair's New Labour government there???

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

Small thing but The Cornerhouse's illuminated 'What's On' Board is a real feature of that corner. Quite a landmark if you ask me. I know the Cornerhouse is moving but can't it be kept. I'll really miss it if it goes!

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AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

Ask them if you can buy it.

rinkydinkOctober 8th 2014.

I think they need to knock Oxford Road station down and start again. For the amount of people that pass through it its an absolute disgrace. Filthy, cold, dull and miserable. And a slight aside - the new glass roof at Victoria. I wonder how often they plan to wash it? It will be filthy within a year. They never kept the glass bridges clean on that station so there's no hope for a glass roof

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AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

I understand Northern Rail will employ the services of Mexican immigrants to keep the glass clean.

juiceOctober 8th 2014.

Fuck's sake, they leave a station alone, you moan that it should be rebuilt. They rebuild a station, you moan as well!

AnonymousOctober 8th 2014.

Well its not glass for a start...

JoanOctober 9th 2014.

This project includes remodelling of Oxford Road station. Have a look at the pic above,behind the listed roof structure.

rinkydinkOctober 9th 2014.

Constructive criticism I'd call it

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Rinkydink. I'd hate to be you. So much anger and resentment. Do you get out enough? Has Labour taken away your freedom to enjoy life? You poor thing.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

The roof does not consist of glass you doughnut! The roofing sheets are ETFE which are self-cleaning.

rinkydinkOctober 9th 2014.

Yeah yeah what evs. Only thing I can't stand are morons that post idiotic statements hiding behind their anonymarse masks. No point in replying, I won't engage further in this conversation with you

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Listen to Rinkydink! 'I think they need to knock Oxford Road station down and start again.' The American way. Let's build a strip mall opposite the old strip mall. Let's build a WalMart next door to the old WalMart and then abandon it. Let's build poor quality timber framed housing in Tornado Alley! You people!

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Oxford Road station will be superb once done, as will Victoria. And that won't have a glass roof. Who is this Rinkydink? He uses a false name anyway so can hardly moan at others.

AnonymousOctober 10th 2014.

@ Above Anon An American black man apparently.

DarrenOctober 9th 2014.

This looks really good. I for one can't wait for the increase in services, the better connectivity it will bring and the regeneration of the stations and surrounding areas. It's about time we had some serious investment on our rail infrastructure. With this, HS2, HS3, and the Metrolink expanding all the time we just need some investment for cycling. Me and my partner would both like to cycle more but we feel its far too dangerous at the moment.

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Another TimOctober 9th 2014.

Great point about the cycling. I'm all for these improvements to public transport, but the amount spent on rail and metrolink infrastructure relative to modal share is massively out of proportion to the amount spent on cycling infra relative to number of cyclists. And that's before considering the increase in cycling you could expect - people like yourself - if we invested in high-quality subjectively safe routes for cycling. And of course active travel (such as cycling) has lots of social benefits (public health) and personal benefits (door-to-door, cheaper, exercise) which public transport can't offer.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

You use a lot of unnecessary big words and then completely misuse the word 'yourself'. 'Yourself' is reflexible. You meant 'you'.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

*reflexive. Damn, I look quite the idiot now.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

'With this, HS2, HS3, and the Metrolink expanding all the time we just need...' People to actually get out of their cars and use the bloody thing once it's built?

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DarrenOctober 9th 2014.

They will, but it will also (HS2 that is) massively reduce the number of articulated lorries on our roads as freight will be moved this way.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

@Darren Are you suggesting that it's cheaper to transport freight by train and not road?

DarrenOctober 9th 2014.

HS2 can carry as much as a 12 lane motorway can, but motorways often stand still due to incompetent drivers. HS2 will be free from traffic and much faster, so it will be used for freight.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Perhaps, but will it be cheaper to transport that freight though? If so, why not use that method now?

Chris MaudeOctober 9th 2014.

They do. The majority of freight that docks in Felixstowe, Southampton, etc is railed up. Unfortunately, the demand is so high (and it is way, way cheaper to rail to Trafford Park than to use road) that the rail system out of these places needs an overhaul.

Poster BoyOctober 9th 2014.

All very nice pretty pictures, but it is very difficult to see how Network Rail's proposals will not, ultimately, be subsumed as part of a development led by Mr Bernstein's partner (Argent...) and his plans for a 500,000 sq ft offices/hotel/apartment/student scheme. A new station and platforms being stitched into the fabric.

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AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Typical. Imagine London getting second hand anything from the north! We are deemed second class citizens in the grand scheme of things.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

It looks great. I can't wait to see how such a shiny, modern station (Oxford Road) will look with the antiquated rolling stock of Northern Rail chugging through.

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DarrenOctober 9th 2014.

I thought the same thing. Are we gonna get the South East's cast off's as they get brand new trains?

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

Yes we are, the trains for the speeded up electric lines between Liverpool and Manchester are southern cast offs.

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

There will still be some shitty old buses on rails knocking around one suspects. The poor bastards living in Southport...

AnonymousOctober 9th 2014.

an oddly optimistic view of the rolling stock used by Northern Fail

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