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Disused railway section to be removed as Ordsall Chord progresses

Four rail arches will be demolished this weekend as a section of Manchester’s disused railway is demolished in order to make way for the Ordsall Chord.

The arches at the Middlewood Viaduct have to be removed to allow the Ordsall Chord, which will link Manchester’s Piccadilly and Victoria stations for the first time, to be tied into the railway.

The north east bound and south west bound carriageways of Trinity Way, which is close to the demolition site, will be closed to traffic between Hampson Street and Irwell Street junctions from 8pm on 25 June to 6am on 27 June, with signposted diversions.

Nick Spall, route delivery director for Network Rail, said: “For safety reasons it is necessary for the road to close. The time has been chosen so disruption to drivers is kept to a minimum.

“It has been planned in consultation with Manchester City Council and Salford City Council and we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause.”

The process of building the Chord was delayed by a legal challenge by Mark Whitby, former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, who claimed that his alternate scheme could deliver the same improvements in services with less impact on the heritage of structures in the area.

Network Rail said that the project will preserve Manchester’s heritage, pointing out that it will run along the Grade 1 listed Stephenson’s Bridge, which will be restored and on display for the first time since the nineteenth century.

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.

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Dr P.N. Jarvis   24/06/2016 at 23:17

What arrangements are being made for rail access to the Manchester Museum of Science & Technology?

FV43576   25/06/2016 at 11:07

From now it will loaded trains on lorry, it's sounds so stupid I am not very happy about this thanks to Network Rail

Gabriel Oaks   27/06/2016 at 07:22

Do you mean disused as in the rarely used only rail connection into the Museum of Science and Industry? It may be the greater good outweighs the Museum's need and this could have been covered in the article. There is no excuse for inadequate reporting.

Ian   30/06/2016 at 20:45

Working in the industry for over 35 years I suspect this is not so much inaccurate reporting but more likely a case of someone being deliberately economical with the truth to get a "good news" story out about how well they (think) are doing and forget about the inconvenient facts and reality. Hey Ho!.....

Yevgeni   31/07/2016 at 17:40

I don't speak as a civil engineer but wonder why MoSI's position could not have been protected by means of an underpass?

John Smith   18/10/2016 at 06:11

Why is everyone so negative? This is a great scheme, be proud of it.

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