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Curvy or straight? BDP moots alternative Irwell bridge schemes

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BDP has proposed two alternative visions - one arched and one flat - for a new rail viaduct connecting Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations

The proposal is part of Network’s Rails rail improvement scheme for the North of England and will go to public consultation on Tuesday next week (20 November).

Known as the Ordsall Chord, the link will increase local rail service’s speed and frequency and is expected to boost the economy by £4.2bn and create 20,000 to 30,000 jobs.

Crossing the River Irwell between Salford and Manchester, the connection will allow two new fast trains per hour between Manchester Victoria and Liverpool; six fast trains an hour between Leeds and Manchester; a new direct train through Manchester to the airport and faster journey times to Hull, Newcastle and the North East.

Jo Kaye, Network Rail route managing director said: ‘The Ordsall Chord is the first part of our wider plan to bring a better railway to the north of England.

‘Our proposals will help the economy, making it easier for people to travel between the towns and cities of the North as a result of greatly improved connections across the region. We are keen to talk to people about the progress we have made on the scheme and are looking forward to hearing their views.’


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