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Court dismisses Manchester rail challenge

Ordsall Chord Manchester Network Rail

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a legal challenge to the process by which permission was granted for rail works to link central Manchester’s three main railway stations.

The decision yesterday was given in the Court of Appeal in London. The Court dismissed all three appeals made by former ICE President Mark Whitby against the decision of Lang J in the Planning Court: two statutory challenges of the Transport and Works Act order and of the Listed Building Consent, and a judicial review of the planning permission. The Court of Appeal will hand down its judgement early in the new term, after Easter.

Network Rail has welcomed the decision, saying the Ordsall Chord plan to link Manchester’s three rail stations of Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road will improve capacity and support service delivery.

Network Rail route managing director Martin Frobisher said: “We welcome this decision which will allow us to continue to implement the Ordsall Chord Order. The Ordsall Chord is an essential part of the Northern Programme and once built, will help remove congestion from Manchester Piccadilly. This will help create space for hundreds more trains to operate through the city each day.

“The new viaduct will provide many benefits to not only the population of Greater Manchester but the whole of the north of England.

“Vast improvements within transport networks go hand in hand with boosting the economy both locally and nationally. There will be improved connectivity between the great cities of the north, helping boost the economy, prosperity and create jobs across the region.”

 

 

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