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Roof collapse at Manchester Victoria station

A section of the new roof at Manchester Victoria station has collapsed, injuring members of the public.

The station was reopened in October last year after it underwent a £44M upgrade, which saw the restoration of the original facade and the erection of a new 8,500m² roof made from ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) panels over the station concourse areas.

One of the ETFE panels appears to have failed and collapsed under a build up of water on the roof, according to Network Rail.

Source: Kashif Naveed @TheQashMachine

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “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 are 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.”

“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,” the spokesperson added.

Network Rail has yet to confirm the number and nature of the injuries sustained.

A Northern Rail spokesperson commented: “Services are operating as normal at Manchester Victoria station. Some areas remain cordoned off but platforms are open. Contractors attended last night to ensure the roof was made safe and a full inspection will take place today.”

The opening of the station was postponed for almost a year after a planned upgrade of the Metrolink tram stop at Manchester Victoria was delayed.

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