Six years after being labelled as Britain’s “worst station” in a Department for Transport report, a revamped Manchester Victoria railway station has been unveiled.
A £44M facelift has seen the original facade maintained and a vast new roof made from ETFE - the material used at the Eden Project - to let more light into the station concourse areas.
Manchester Victoria first opened in January 1844 and the revamp was part of a £1bn investment programme to boost rail capacity and connectivity across the north of England.
Network Rail said it had worked with Transport for Greater Manchester to incorporate the expansion of the Metrolink tram network at Manchester Victoria into the redeveloped station, which now has four new tram platforms and three new tracks.
“Six years ago it was dubbed Britain’s worst station - today it must surely be among the country’s best,” said Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne.
“For far too long, people travelling in and out of Manchester Victoria had to make do with a tired and dark station. The contrast today is remarkable.
“Manchester Victoria station 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.”