Manchester Piccadilly and Oxford Road rail improvement scheme

Closed 26 May 2015

Opened 12 Sep 2014


  • Artists impression:  View looking south over new viaduct at Manchester Piccadilly

    We’re investing over £1bn to deliver faster, more frequent services across the north. The Northern Hub is part of this programme and has several key packages of work, two of which include:

    • Oxford Road Station: widening the railway viaduct and lengthen platforms to accommodate longer trains
    • Manchester Piccadilly Station: installing two new platforms, 15 and 16, to enable more trains to travel through the city centre


    The benefits:

    • Four extra trains per hour through Manchester. This is an increase from 12 to 16 trains per hour
    • Longer trains across the north of England with more seats for passengers
    • Capacity for faster services to overtake stopping trains, helping make services quicker and more reliable


    The Northern Hub will help meet growing demand for rail travel across the north and, critically, help stimulate economic growth by better connecting cities and towns. 

    Although the public consultation has now formally closed, you can still read about our plans, and we welcome your comments via email to:


    Click here to view the previous consultation materials, and more information on the plans.



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