The Anonymous Widower

The Proposed Ordsall Chord

The Ordsall Chord is going to allow trains to call at both Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria stations as they pass through the city. This map from Network Rail shows the layout of rail lines in Manchester and the position of the proposed Ordsall Chord.

Rail Lines Around The Ordsall Chord

Rail Lines Around The Ordsall Chord

There is also this image from Google Earth.

The Area Of The Ordsall Chord

The Area Of The Ordsall Chord

The two lines that will be connected meet at the left or West of this image. The Ordsall Chord will make a triangle with the existing lines and will connect the line going to the top of the picture towards Victoria, with the one going to the bottom towards Piccadilly.

The project is not without controversy. A lot of the arguments are laid out in this article in the Manchester Evening News. This is said.

Ministers have been asked to step in over fears a new £85m bridge will sever the world’s oldest train station from the rail network. Bosses at Network Rail are consulting on plans to build the new bridge over the River Irwell in Castlefield to link Victoria and Piccadilly stations for the first time.

I’m all for looking after historic sites, but in some cases economic necessity will mean, that things have to be done that can’t please everybody.

It would appear that the chord has not been approved yet.

So does this mean that the completion of the Northern Hub is going to be delayed?

December 14, 2014 - Posted by | Transport | ,

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