The Anonymous Widower

Is It Back To The Future In Manchester?

In the 1970s British Rail, proposed three tunnel projects in the North

  • A Loop and Link  in Liverpool that linked railways from North, South and the Wirral underneath the City Centre.
  • A tunnel under Newcastle.
  • The Picc-Vic Tunnel,  under Manchester.

All three tunnels were designed to connect the railways on both sides of the cities.

  • Liverpool got the much-loved and successful Northern and Wirral Lines of Merseyrail in 1977.
  • Newcastle got the much-loved and successful Tyne and Wear Metro in 1980.
  • Manchester got nothing, as Harold Wilson cancelled it, like Maplin Airport and the Channel Tunnel.

Am I right in thinking that the Channel Tunnel was resurrected later and opened in 1994? It is now much-loved and successful!

Finally, the Government and a lot of opposition MPs and unions have decided that Maplin be replaced by a third runway at Heathrow.

Will that be cancelled by Boris, David, Jeremy, Ruth or Vince?

Today, this article has been published on Rail Magazine, which is entitled Option For Underground Station At Manchester Piccadilly.

Apparently, to integrate Northern Powerhouse Rail into the HS2 station at Manchester Piccadiily station, one option is to go underground.

So are those ideas and surveys of the 1970s being looked at for a solution?

 

July 9, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Building the infrastructure of the trams was a nightmare. They are doing a big lot of work around where I live on the roads and motorways – traffic is a nightmare everywhere. And the thought of underground makes my heart sink. OK, selfish of me, but …

    Comment by Liz P | July 9, 2018 | Reply

  2. Cross city rail tunnels and the Northern Line in Liverpool and Crossrail in London usually start on existing railway land, so the disruption is less.

    With Crossrail in London, the tunnel spoil was taken out by barge to Essex, where it was used to create a new RSPB reserve. Very few trucks were used.

    Modern construction methods are designed not to be disruptive.

    Comment by AnonW | July 9, 2018 | Reply


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