The Anonymous Widower

The Back Side Of Manchester Piccadilly Station

These pictures show the back side of Manchester Piccadilly station.


  • It wasn’t easy to get out to that side of the station.
  • The two platforms outside the station on the viaduct are the dreaded Platforms 13 and 14, with their serious overcrowding, lack of facilities and lots of draughts and cold.
  • Platforms 13 and 14 must be the worst pair of platforms in the UK.
  • I nearly got run over three times trying to cross the road.

I doubt that I’ll ever see Manchester Piccadilly station improved.


December 16, 2016 - Posted by | Transport |


  1. Those archways are the ones I am scared off because trams suddenly appear. There is planned redevelopment around part of that area. Not surprised you nearly got knocked down, that area is awful, my friends son was injured in a hit and run there, he was cycling, and it was a taxi that hit him, but then drive off whilst Kevin was still dazed.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 21, 2016 | Reply

    • All over London, arches like these are being opened up with shops and cafes. Manchester doesn’t seem to like pedestrians and cyclists.

      If I’d done that walk in Hackney or Wndsworth, I’d have passed three or four cafes, craft bakeries and lots of small independent businesses.

      Comment by AnonW | December 21, 2016 | Reply

  2. There lots of craft bakeries, independent businesses etc but they are in Northern Quarter, which buzzing and vibrant and full of life. It is behind Piccadilly Gardens, which incidentally are being returned to their original design at the moment. Afflicts Palace, on Tib Street, has about 5 floors, each of which is split into individual units, and let to independent businesses – all kinds of costume jewellery, vintage clothes, books, records, CDs, a wonderful beads and buttons shop, music shops. And dubious substances which may or may not be legal, and there is often a strong smell of cannabis in the place. I do my volunteer work in Oldham St, which is part of Northern Quarter, and I like the atmosphere of the place.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | December 21, 2016 | Reply

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