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23.03.16

Court of Appeal dismisses Ordsall Chord legal challenge

A legal appeal following the dismissal of a challenge to the process for granting permission for the Ordsall Chord has been dismissed.

The Court of Appeal today upheld a ruling to dismiss a challenge from Mark Whitby, former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

The Court dismissed all three appeals made by Whitby against the decision of Lang J in the Mrs Justice Beverley Lang: two statutory challenges of the Transport and Works Act order and of the Listed Building Consent, and a judicial review of the planning permission.  The Court of Appeal will hand down its judgement early in the new term, after Easter.

The Ordsall Chord, which is part of Network Rail’s Rail Upgrade Plan, will connect Manchester’s Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria stations.

Martin Frobisher, route managing director for Network Rail, said: “We welcome this decision which will allow us to continue to implement the Ordsall Chord Order.

“The Ordsall Chord is an essential part of the Northern Programme and once built, will help remove congestion from Manchester Piccadilly.  This will help create space for hundreds more trains to operate through the city each day.”

RTM interviewed Mark Carne, CEO of Network Rail, about the Ordsall Chord last year. We also talked to Martyn Angus, LNW route senior programme sponsor at Network Rail, about how work is progressing on the Chord ahead of a major block of work at Easter..

Comments

Mike   23/03/2016 at 18:08

Its good news for the Northern Hub scheme. Maybe Whitby will now get the message and stop his pointless campaign to get the Ordsall Chord project stopped. Its just a pity he can't be billed for all the money the delays have cost.

Jb   24/03/2016 at 10:51

I don't think anybody is against the scheme to build the chord, to which we all look forward. Its just a great shame that a more sympathetic approach towards the preserving the local historic landmarks wasn't taken.

Manchester Mike   24/03/2016 at 15:04

Whitby hopefully will get the message by now. He's made his point, but he lost numerous times. Time to move on.

The Other Paul   27/03/2016 at 14:04

@Jb "...shame that a more sympathetic approach towards the preserving the local historic landmarks wasn't taken." What "more sympathetic approach" would you propose? Several years of planning has concluded that this is the most sympathetic option possible, and one that preserves all Grade 1 listed structures, and enhances the view of Stephenson's 1930 bridge. Whitby's preference for "Option 15" has been discredited on multiple counts; the curve would be too tight meaning that trains would have to run more slowly and nosily around the chord, it would render a large area of land unsuitable for other uses, and there would be years of disruption on existing rail lines and roads to construct it. There's a cost factor too, but it's not particularly significant by itself.

Andrew Gwilt   28/03/2016 at 21:36

I think that means that the Ordsall Chord is to go ahead despite it could be cancelled but it's actually started with new junctions, new tracks, new overhead electrical equipment and overhead wires and new signalling to be installed and once it's all completed then trains will be using the new link between Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Victoria and Manchester Oxford Road stations as well to Manchester Airport, Liverpool Lime Street, Pennines and Northern England with Diesel Multiple Unit, Electric Multiple Unit and Freight trains that will be using the new chord link that will end the congestion on railways in Manchester and also it's part of the Northern Powerhouse project for Northern England.

Garth   30/03/2016 at 15:17

@Andrew Gwilt. Most of what you said is a statement of the obvious, I'm afraid. If you think the new chord will "end the congestion on railways in Manchester" you are going to be sadly disappointed!

Andrew Gwilt.   13/04/2016 at 10:04

@Garth. Me, sadly disappointed. No. Of course not.

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