The Ordsall Chord

Creating rail links between Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations with connectivity to Manchester Airport.

Artistic impression of the Ordsall Chord when complete.
Artistic impression of the Ordsall Chord when complete.
  • Updated: 13 February, 2017

Project facts

Project team:

  • Network Rail
  • Skanska BAM
  • S&C
  • Amey
  • Siemens



Completed by:

End of 2017



What will the project deliver?

The project will support the delivery of Network Rail's £1bn+ railway upgrade plan for the north of England. It will deliver:

  • New direct links to Manchester Airport from across the north of England
  • Congestion currently seen at Manchester Piccadilly will reduce by a quarter with some services being rerouted through Manchester Victoria
  • More capacity, meaning more frequent trains to run
  • Three main Manchester stations will be linked and improved connectivity for those traveling through the city and beyond
  • The local and wider economy will be boosted, helping create more jobs
  • There will be links near to new business and residential developments

Local impact

With more capacity and better connections, passengers will benefit from much improved travel options and less congestion. The local and wider economy will also benefit from the improvements.

Interesting facts

  • The scheme will see Manchester's Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations connected for the first time
  • The network arch bridge will be the first of its kind in the UK
  • Stephenson's Bridge, a Grade I listed structure and built in 1830, will be refurbished and brought back to life to run alongside the new railway
  • During the refurbishment, experts will aim to find the original quarries where brick was sourced to build Stephenson's Bridge

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