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Rail tunnel mooted to run under Manchester

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A rail tunnel could be built through Manchester city centre to tackle congestion as the city grows.

Manchester City Council, Salford Council and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are working on joint plans to improve Manchester’s public transport, easing road congestion around the city.

One proposal mooted in their City Centre Transport Strategy (CCTS), which will be scrutinised by Manchester councillors next week, is for a new rail tunnel to run under the city.

In the report the joint authors wrote: “As the city centre expands over a wider area, we will need to improve transport connections to make sure that the centre is still easy to get around, particularly on foot, by bike and by using public transport.

“In the future, getting more people around the city centre by rail and Metrolink lines will be challenging, so we may need to consider major new cross-city infrastructure, such as a new rail tunnel.”

A new rail tunnel cutting through the city was first proposed by TfGM in its 2040 transport strategy, which said new rail tunnels could be developed as part of a long-term strategy from the 2030s.

Manchester residents will be asked how they use transport to get around the city over a 12-week consultation, which will inform the CCTS plans.

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  • They need to concentrate on getting the four-tracking of Piccadilly to Oxford Road agreed by the government before dreaming of tunnels. That's not to deny that a tram tunnel down Oxford Road itself would be extremely useful.

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