Thursday 13 Jul 2017
Better journeys ahead as the Ordsall Chord reaches its final stages
- London North Western
Work on the Ordsall Chord, which will improve passenger journeys and rail travel across the north, is entering its final phase as it moves towards completion in December 2017.
Since the start of the New Year, Network Rail has been working round-the-clock to complete a number of key pieces of work.
So far engineers have:
- Removed a section of Chapel Street bridge, sandwiched between two adjacent bridges
- Replaced the bridge with a new steel structure weighing 260 tonnes which required 3500 bolts to put together
- Laid over 1000 metres of new track and 3500 tonnes of ballast between Ordsall Lane and Deal Street
- Installed new signals and 25kv overhead line equipment
- Poured 600 cubic metres of concrete
- Installed girders and cross beams on the new Trinity Way bridge
- Fixed ‘hangers' which connect the arch section to the bottom deck of the network arch bridge
The final phase of the project will see further track realignment and new junctions at Water Street and Irwell Street as well as completing major signalling work, laying ballast and completing the installation of overhead line equipment for electric trains.
The Ordsall Chord is part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Great North Rail Project and will provide new links to Manchester Airport from the north, provide more frequent trains and better connections, and connect Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations for the first time. It will be completed by December 2017.
Project director for Network Rail, Mike Heywood, said: “The Ordsall Chord will transform journeys for passengers in the north and help boost local and regional economies by providing better connections between towns, cities and Manchester Airport.
“I am delighted with the progress we have made so far but there is a lot more work we need to complete. The remaining programme will mean some train services coming into Manchester Victoria will be affected at weekends and bank holidays up until the beginning of October.
“I would like to thank residents and passengers for the patience they have shown during these essential works as we work towards providing a better railway for this and many generations to come.”
Kathryn O’Brien, customer experience director for TransPennine Express, said: “It’s great news for customers that this important project is nearing completion and I want to thank all those affected for bearing with us during over the past year.
“Going forward, the Ordsall Chord will allow us to introduce additional journey opportunities and more frequent services.”
Liam Sumpter, regional director at Northern, said: “Ordsall Chord being so near completion is really exciting for our customers in Manchester and across the north of England.
“It is a remarkable feat of engineering and a vital part of the modernisation of the railway in the region. It will also play a critical role in enabling us to run more than 2,000 extra services per week by 2020."
For more information on the Ordsall Chord visit: www.networkrail.co.uk/running-the-railway/our-routes/lnw/ordsall-chord/
About Network Rail
Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.65bn journeys by rail every year and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We employ 36,000 people across Britain and work round-the-clock, each and every day, to provide a safe, reliable railway.
About the Railway Upgrade Plan
The Railway Upgrade Plan is Network Rail's investment plan for Britain's railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail's £40bn spending priorities for the five years to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. It is designed to provide more capacity, relieve crowding and respond to the tremendous growth Britain's railways continue to experience; passenger numbers have doubled in the past 20 years and are set to double again over the next 25 years - so we need to continue to invest in building a bigger, better railway. For passengers, that means:
- longer, faster more frequent trains;
- better, more reliable infrastructure; and
- better facilities for passengers, especially at stations.