Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has officially marked the completion of the £44M upgrade of of Manchester Victoria station.
At the official opening today, McLoughlin said: “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.
“The North is receiving a wave of investment in its transport infrastructure on a scale not seen for generations, with £4.5billion in the north west alone. The benefits are already being delivered, with 71,000 more businesses in the North West than in 2010 – a clear sign our long-term plan to secure a stronger, healthier economy is working.”
As well as a revamped railway station, Manchester Victoria now also links to the Metrolink tram network, with four new tram platforms and three new tracks. The station remained in operation while construction work was undertaken.
Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: “Manchester Victoria is modern, clean and flooded with natural light; a station this great city so badly needs. It is a key part of our £1bn programme to modernise the railway for the whole of the north of England.”