The Anonymous Widower

Walking Between Manchester Piccadilly And Deansgate Stations

I took these pictures as I walked between Manchester Piccadilly and Deansgate stations.

The viaduct is certainly substantial.

I find walking difficult in Manchester, as there are virtually no maps. In London there are walking maps everywhere; on bus stops, at tube and rail stations and free standing.

One of the strange things, is that in all the pictures I took on this walk, there is no evidence of Oxford Road station, which is between Piccadilly and Deansgate. There were so signs either.

Perhaps, it’s been knocked down, since I visited a few weeks ago?

Others would say that I should use the map on my phone, but that is not easy, as my left hand is dodgy and to use a phone, I prefer to lay it flat somewhere and use it with my right hand.

I still think that the reason London is so well-mapped, is that because it is so large, the average Londoner find themselves in a strange area quite often and need immediate help. But in smaller cities, the city is small enough for all the locals to memorise the city, so they object if sums of money are spent on maps.

The only other city in the UK with good maps is Glasgow, which in terms of area is the second largest.

With this walk from Piccadilly to Deansgate, I just followed the viaduct. But it wasn’t easy at times, as there were various dead-ends, too much unnecessary traffic and parked vehicles and difficult road crossings.

Perhaps Manchester needs some combined Cycling and Walking Superhighways! And perhaps a Congestion Charge, to discourage people from bringing cars into the centre, as it did in London.

I wonder if anybody, has done an analysis of the number of visitors and tourists a city gets against the usability of its public transport and walking routes. My personal scores out of five for various UK cities would be.

  • Birmingham – 3
  • Brighton – 4
  • Bristol – 2
  • Cardiff – 4
  • Edinburgh – 3
  • Glasgow – 4
  • Leeds – 3
  • Liverpool – 4
  • Manchester – 2
  • Newcastle – 3
  • Nottingham – 4
  • Sheffield – 3

This is all very personal, as obviously I know Liverpool well. But in fairness you can give brief instructions on how to spend a day or two in Liverpool, as the centre is extensively pedestrianised and this gives the visitor a linear focus on which to explore the City.

Brighton has the seafront and once you know how to get back to the station, on foot or by bus, it has this focus on which to base your visit.

Does Manchester City Centre have a linear focus?

Manchester doesn’t draw you in with a welcoming station, as do Liverpool, Sheffield or Newcastle, and I suspect, it doesn’t make the most of casual visitors passing through.

December 16, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. “Manchester doesn’t draw you in with a welcoming station, as do Liverpool, Sheffield or Newcastle, and I suspect, it doesn’t make the most of casual visitors passing through.” Agreed, but Manchester Victoria is a lot nicer with its renovation. Piccadilly station itself is much expanded and improved on its previous dowdiness, and the area around it is slowly improving with more office blocks replacing the run down areas.

    Comment by rapidtransitman | December 28, 2016 | Reply

    • Manchester and other cities need to put up information boards about the history of the city.

      For instance in Manchester, where did the Peterloo Massacre take place? There’s probably more information about the football teams.

      Comment by AnonW | December 28, 2016 | Reply


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