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Manchester draft plan considers orbital routes

Piccadilly station will be transformed if draft plans come to fruition — N. Pulling

High capacity and transformed Piccadilly station in strategy for 2040.

A draft Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 includes new orbital links, high capacity Metrolink services for Manchester city centre and a transformed Piccadilly station to integrate High Speed 2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, local rail and Metrolink light rail.

It is also proposed to move the UK city’s coach station from Chorlton Street to Piccadilly, while some rail services would be relocated to Piccadilly’s  undercroft. The  Metrolink light rail stops (located in the undercroft) would move further north. These works would see a transformation of Manchester’s major station ready for the arrival of the new HS2 rail line from London in 2032.

The proposals form part of a concept drawn up by Arup, a consultancy hired by the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission to help compile recommendations on the future of transport in northern England.
Arup’s evaluation of two slightly different versions put the cost at either around GBP1.2bn (EUR1.5bn) or around GBP1.6bn (EUR2bn), which would include new tunnelling to run high speed trains into Manchester and out to Leeds underneath the city, paid for by a combination of private and public funding.