Train services to and from Manchester Victoria station cancelled for NINE DAYS over Christmas


Northern Rail will halt all services to and from Manchester Victoria from Christmas Eve to allow the latest stage of electrification work on the railways

There will be no railway services in or out of Manchester Victoria for NINE days over Christmas and New Year.

Major works will halt the service from the night of Christmas Eve to January 2, as Network Rail moves to the next stage of electrifying the railway across Manchester and the North West.

This means there will be no services from Northern Rail – the only operator which uses the station – after the last service on Christmas Eve.

Passengers will have to make do with replacement buses.

Lee Wasnidge, area director for Northern Rail, said: “We’d like to thank our customers for their patience during this improvement work. The long awaited redevelopment of this station is transforming the city around Victoria.

“This nine day blockade over Christmas will see the new concourse developing on the station as well as structural work to support electrification as it evolves across the North West.”

Northern Rail services to Liverpool, Preston, Blackpool, Wigan, Southport and Blackburn will start and terminate at Manchester Oxford Road or Salford Central.

A shuttle bus will run between Salford Central and Manchester Victoria.

Castleton and Mills Hill can catch a limited service to Moston, while services between Rochdale and Victoria will be replaced by a bus.

Services to and fro Huddersfield via Stalybridge will start and finish at Ashton-under-Lyne, where buses will complete the journey to Victoria. Extra TransPennne Express services will stop at Stalybridge for more trains to Piccadilly.

Martin Frobisher, area director for Network Rail said: “With more passengers and more journeys being made than ever before, demand for rail is booming. The work happening at Manchester Victoria is a key part of our plans to improve rail across Manchester and the north of England.

“This project represents a significant investment in the railway in Manchester and in conjunction with the Northern Hub will see more trains and faster journeys, improving travel between major towns and cities across the north.

“There is never a good time to carry out major work and on balance, completing the work over the holiday period was the best time to complete this essential project.

“Train services are quieter at this time of year and fewer people are expected to experience changes to their travel plans compared to the alternative, which would have been to stagger the work over dozens of weekends and bank holidays.”

Metrolink services will continue to operate as normal from Manchester Victoria, and additional double trams will be running on the new Ashton line over the Christmas period.

The project is part of the £400 million North West Electrification scheme that will allow electric train services to be introduced from the station in December 2014. During the closure, work will also continue to deliver the redevelopment of the station.

Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Oxford Road and Manchester Deansgate stations will remain open

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