The Department for Transport announced on March 25 that a report and supporting letter from planning inspector Brendan Lyons has allowed the go-ahead for the Ordsall Chord, after it was called in for review.
The decision authorises Network Rail to construct a new, elevated chord (a key element of the Northern Hub scheme) linking the Bolton lines railway with the Chat Moss lines in Greater Manchester. It follows an 18 month period of public consultation and a Public Inquiry held in spring 2014.
The chord will allow all three of Manchester’s main stations (Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Victoria) to be linked for the first time.
- For more on this story read RAIL 772, published on April 15.