The Anonymous Widower

Why Wasn’t The Picc-Vic Tunnel Built?

The Picc-Vicc Tunnel, which would have been a rail bypass under Manchester. Having experienced the tunnel under Liverpool,earlier in the day, I was wondering, why a similar tunnel hadn’t been built in Manchester.

On the way back from Huddersfield to Manchester, I was discussing with several Huddersfield fans, how the Northern Hub would affect their journeys.  All seemed to be welcoming the upgrade, so I asked why the Picc-Vicc tunnel wasn’t built.

One guy, said that he’d been to a lecture at the local historical society. He said that British Rail and the government were planning three tunnels in the 1970s; Liverpool, Manchester and the Tyneside Metro.

So because of cost, one had to be dropped, and Manchester was chosen.

As we’re getting much better with tunnels every year, I wouldn’t say that the Picc-Vicc tunnel is dead. Crossrail was on the back-burner for so long, no-one ever thought it would happen!

Could we for instance see a tunnel under part of Manchester for HS2?

April 8, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | , , , , , ,

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