Part of the EFTE-clad roof at Victoria Station in Manchester has given way, injuring two passengers
The incident at the 1844 Grade II-listed station, which reopened last year after a £44 million upgrade led by BDP, followed heavy rain this afternoon (18 October).
According to the BBC, ’gallons of water’ fell on people standing on a platform when an EFTE panel broke and the main concourse had to be closed off over fears other parts of the 10,000m² roof could collapse.
Eyewitnesses said other roof panels were also buckling under the weight of rainwater. It is understood the two passengers suffered minor head injuries with one, a man, taken to hospital for treatment.
Victoria Station's roof didn't last long... pic.twitter.com/RNZ72ilj0e— Demented Manc (@DementedManc) October 18, 2016
Jenna Barton, from Bolton, told the BBC that she had ’heard a massive crack’ and ’saw, like, gallons of water fall down on top of the train.’
She said: ’I don’t know whether people were boarding or leaving the train, but it hit quite a few people and then I saw a lady on the floor, obviously drenched from the water. She’d been hurt.’
Contractors for Northern Rail are reported to be repairing the roof and services are running normally.
Speaking as the station reopened last October following a three-year project, BDP director Peter Jenkins said: ‘One of the challenges in designing the new Victoria was to match the standards laid down by the successes of BDP’s previous work at Manchester Piccadilly, to once again blend high-quality new architecture with a refurbishment of the original Victorian and Edwardian buildings.’
BDP said it would not be issuing an official comment until it had spoken to the client and contractor.
A spokesperson for Network Rail confirmed an investigation into the incident was underway, adding that details of what went wrong would not be released until it had concluded.
Statement from Network Rail, 20 October 2016
’The safety of all passengers and railway staff is our top priority. We are concerned that members of the public were injured in this incident and wish them a speedy recovery.
’A section of roof at Manchester Victoria appears to have been damaged, leading to water filling one of the plastic panels which then appears to have broken under the weight.
’Repairs have now being carried out. We are working with Northern and our contractors to understand what took place and we will implement any measures needed to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
’Train services are not affected and the station remains open.’