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It was an historic moment as the first train crossed the Ordsall Chord linking Manchester Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations on Sunday morning.
The M.E.N. joined a strong turnout of train enthusiasts for the first journey from Victoria to Oxford Road via the new network arch bridge at the heart of the line.
Designed by architect Peter Jenkins of BDP, the £85m Network Rail project, includes 300m of track and a series of bridges and viaducts.
The first train departed Victoria on Sunday at 8.40am, before heading to Oxford Road and back to Victoria, then making its way to Leeds.
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Rail operator Northern is preparing to welcome customers onto the first passenger service to cross Manchesters Ordsall Chord on Sunday 10 December.
The historic bridge, a centrepiece of the Great North Rail Project, connects north and South Manchester and, on Sunday, will see customers cross for the first time. The moment will be marked by Rail Minister Paul Maynard who will travel on one of the first trains across the Ordsall Chord
The new bridge is a key link in the modernisation of rail services in the north of England and will enable Northerns customers to travel from West Yorkshire, through the Calder Valley, direct to Manchester Oxford Road.

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We took a look at the Ordsall Chord which will carry services between Piccadilly and Victoria from next month.
The M.E.N was given an exclusive trains-eye view of the £85m project. Aimed at slashing railway congestion and allowing for faster trains and more frequent services, it will make way for future east-west links
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Ordsall Chord: A view of the almost complete viaduct over the River Irwell on the Ordsall Chord on 18 September 2017. Since my last visit the trackwork has been completed over the viaduct and is connected up to the ...
John McIntyre 18/09/2017


Ordsall Chord: The new Ordsall Chord, nearing completion, as seen from what is now the boundary of the Museum of Science and Industry on 8th October 2017. Liverpool Road station is immediately behind the camera with ...
Mark Bartlett 08/10/2017


Ordsall Chord: A map showing the location of the proposed Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012

The largest crane in the UK was used to hoist a 600-tonne bridge into place on the Ordsall Chord today.
The scheme will link all three of Manchesters main railway stations Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria for the first time. [From Richard Buckby]
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Network Rail has entered into a construction partnership with Amey, Skanska, BAM Nuttall and Siemens to build the Ordsall Chord in Manchester.
The controversial link will connect Manchesters two main railway stations, unlocking capacity in the city.
Todays announcement follows a decision last week by the Court of Appeal to drop a legal challenge brought by Mark Whitby, who was originally brought in to work on design options for the project, over concerns about the damage the project will do to the existing grade II listed bridges.
Mike Heywood, from Network Rail and manager of the alliance, said: This is an exciting time for passengers, businesses and the rail industry in the north of England. A better railway supports jobs, housing and economic growth and the new Ordsall Chord has a massive role to play in opening up new and faster journeys. [From Richard Buckby]
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Rail bosses have finally emerged victorious from a battle with an engineer set on derailing the Ordsall Chord.
A last-ditch attempt to stop the £85m link being built between Piccadilly and Victoria stations has been defeated in the courts.
Work has already started on the major scheme, which Network Rail says will speed up travel times and increase capacity.
However the legal row has set the completion date back from December 2016 to the end of 2017.
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Plans to connect Manchester's two biggest railway stations have received High Court backing despite claims they will damage a key part of rail history.
The Ordsall Chord will link Piccadilly and Victoria but has 30 'heritage assets' on the route.
Critics focused on the former Liverpool Road station - a terminus on the world's first passenger railway which opened in 1830 - which will be cut off.
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Manchester Liverpool Road: A1 no 60163 'Tornado' at the head of the Royal Train having recently arrived from Preston at Manchester Liverpool Road station, now part of the Museum of Science and Industry. The photo is taken from ...
John McIntyre 04/02/2010


Ordsall Chord: A map showing the location of the proposed Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012


Ordsall Chord: An artist's impression showing one of the proposals for the Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012

Steam trains will no longer be able to access the historic former Liverpool Road Station under plans to sever it from the railway network.
Bosses at MoSI have agreed a secret deal with Network Rail to drop their objection to the firm's bid to build an £85m bridge across the River Irwell at Castlefield.
Under the plans, Liverpool Road station - the world's oldest intercity station which has a 180-year-old history after trains started using it in the 1830s - will be cut off.
Network Rail's so-called 'Ordsall Chord' plan would link Victoria and Piccadilly stations for the first time as part of a £530m bid to improve the 'bottleneck' rail network around Manchester.
But museum chiefs have now stopped fighting against the scheme - just 18 months after they warned of a 'severe impact' on their visitor numbers and revenue. [From Ian Dinmore]
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Manchester Liverpool Road: No 9... no, not Union of South Africa, but a working replica of the historic 2-2-0 locomotive Planet, seen between the former warehouses at what is now the Museum of Science and Industry ...
John McIntyre 04/02/2010


Manchester Liverpool Road: Scene at Manchester Liverpool Road station in 1985 with an unidentified saddle tank running shuttles up and down the line.
Colin Miller //1985


Ordsall Chord: An artist's impression showing one of the proposals for the Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012

The Liverpool Road railway station in Manchester, dating from 1830, is the oldest surviving mainline station in the world.
Along with the surrounding Victorian track structures - including a Grade I listed brick viaduct designed by George Stephenson - it has been described by English Heritage as the railway equivalent of Stonehenge.
But Network Rail is prepared to cause what it admits will be 'substantial harm' to parts of this historic setting - the terminus of the acclaimed Liverpool and Manchester Railway - by building a 3,600-foot viaduct called the Ordsall Chord just above it.
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Manchester Liverpool Road: No 9... no, not Union of South Africa, but a working replica of the historic 2-2-0 locomotive Planet, seen between the former warehouses at what is now the Museum of Science and Industry ...
John McIntyre 04/02/2010


Manchester Liverpool Road: Scene at Manchester Liverpool Road station in 1985 with an unidentified saddle tank running shuttles up and down the line.
Colin Miller //1985


Ordsall Chord: An artist's impression showing one of the proposals for the Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012

Plans for a viaduct to connect three Manchester railway stations have been submitted by Network Rail.
The Ordsall Chord will link Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. [From Mark Bartlett]
Network Rail said it would ease a 'rail bottleneck' south of Piccadilly and enable more trains to travel through Manchester city centre.
The application to the Department for Transport follows an 18-month consultation. If approved, work could be completed by 2017.
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Ordsall Chord: A map showing the location of the proposed Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012


Ordsall Chord: An artist's impression showing one of the proposals for the Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012

Plans for a viaduct linking three of Manchester's major railway stations have been unveiled. The Ordsall Chord will link the city's Piccadilly, Victoria and Oxford Road stations.

Network Rail has said the new line will help free up space on the network, making way for more frequent and faster services across the north of England.

A public consultation has opened on the plans which include two options for a bridge over the River Irwell.

One is a statement railway arch and the other is an alternative flat bridge.
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Ordsall Chord: A map showing the location of the proposed Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012


Ordsall Chord: An artist's impression showing one of the proposals for the Ordsall Chord. See news item.
Network Rail 20/11/2012

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