Hot on the heels of Birmingham New Street, Manchester’s Victoria station is the next major city transport hub to unveil its ‘new look’.
New Manchester Victoria station
Following a series of new renovations across the UK, Manchester Victoria has officially reopened this week after a £44m overhaul – which sees four new tram platforms and three new tracks.
At HATS Group and Olympic South Ltd, it’s great to see continued growth in the transport sector. The opening of the new Manchester Victoria will not only mean a more modern facilities, but it will also bring forth more services and passengers.
Unlike the new Birmingham New Street renovation – which was predominantly aesthetic – Manchester Victoria’s overhaul has introduced a number of new tracks and platforms. After five years of work, the Northern train station will see passenger numbers double in size, from 20,000 to 40,000 a day.
New one-of-a-kind roof
As well as new tracks, services and access points, the station also boasts an entirely new look, with a one-of-a-kind see-through roof.
The build of the new futuristic ‘bubble roof’ is one of the biggest of its kind ever undertaken and incorporates just under 400 panels made from EFTE – a polymer also used on Cornwall’s Eden Project.
“A symbol of opportunity”
Speaking about the new-look station, Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughin gave his thanks to those involved, saying:
“I want to congratulate everyone involved in this remarkable project. It’s fantastic to see Manchester Victoria once again a station fit for the city. It’s now a symbol of opportunity, not neglect, and proof that this one nation government is building the Northern Powerhouse.”
With plans to allow 700 extra trains to run every day by 2019 and bringing an estimated £4bn to the region’s economy, along with up to 30,000 jobs, the new-look Manchester Victoria station is set to be a complete success. But with the Christmas rush just around the corner, only time will tell.
For more about Manchester Victoria, head over to the BBC website.
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Until next time…