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13.06.12

More parking for Manchester Piccadilly

Manchester Piccadilly will soon see its station car park extended, to cope with increased demand.

Network Rail is creating 263 extra car spaces, bringing the total parking up to 855 spaces. The new building will use pre-cast concrete before being clad in structural steel, a low-maintenance material that does not require painting or cleaning.

SCC Ltd won the contract, worth around £4.2m, and work started in March. The extra parking is expected to be available in July.

Liz Ratcliffe, Network Rail’s commercial manager (retail) explains: “When the car park was built, there were plenty of spaces for everyone. What couldn’t have been predicted at the time was the phenomenal growth in demand for rail travel right across the country.

“That, plus the increase to three trains an hour to and from London from the end of 2008 means that on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays we frequently have to turn cars away.

“While our passenger satisfaction surveys are always very positive, the recurring theme is the lack of spaces at peak periods, which is why we are extending the car park.”

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Comments

Graham   24/06/2012 at 16:51

what the hell is that hideous rust bucket doing in manchester for the love of god ive watched in horror as this monstrosity has evolved into a scene from mad max how warm and welcoming this is to visitors to my home town ,how and why has this been allowed ???? i could rant for ever on this subject as i think in general manchester has improved some modern buildings are amazing but the car park that seemed ok before it was covered in strange box section steel which then naturally rusts leaving a total mess !modern ,dont think so.disgusted of manchester .

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