Manchester’s Ordsall Chord rail link, which will connect the city’s Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road stations for the first time, has been completed with the first passenger train set to run next month.
A Network Rail time-lapse video shows the construction of the Sanska-BAM Nuttall joint venture since work started in October 2015.
The project, part of the multi-billion-pound Great North Rail scheme, will reduce congestion at Piccadilly and allow faster and more frequent trains to run across the North West, and direct services between the North and Manchester Airport.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said: “Greater Manchester has long called for the Ordsall Chord to unlock capacity on the rail network across the North and it is great that we can finally celebrate its completion.
“This is an impressive engineering project and I would like to thank everyone who has worked on it and contributed to the on-going regeneration of our city-region.
“The iconic network arch bridge will create a new landmark on the Manchester skyline. It harks back to the glory days of rail investment and stands just yards from the site of the world’s first-ever railway station.
“Just as Manchester pioneered rail travel in the 19th century, I hope we can lead the development of the next generation of infrastructure in the 21st.
“A modern, well-connected rail network is vital to unlocking the full economic potential of our city-region and the whole of the North of England. I look forward to working with the Government and Network Rail to deliver the further capacity improvements that will realise the full value of the Ordsall Chord.”
ordsall chord rail minister paul maynard places the final clip
Network Rail route managing director Martin Frobisher said the completion of Ordsall Chord was a “seminal moment in the Great North Rail Project” and would “transform” train travel across the north.
”Thanks to the work of the Great North Rail Project we will be able to run services from Calder Valley direct through to Manchester Oxford Road.”
Other schemes in the Great North Rail Project include North West electrification, West Yorkshire signalling upgrade, Transpennine Route Upgrade, Liverpool City Region upgrde, improvements to Manchester Victoria Station and Calder Valley upgrade.