Modernisation of the UK’s ‘worst station’ begins at Manchester Victoria.
After opening in 1844, Manchester Victoria has undergone a number of transformations, from the extension in 1902, to being partially demolished in 1993, then being repaired in 1996, however the upcoming £44m refurbishment will mark its biggest transformation to date.
In 2009 the station was identified as the worst interchange station for its fabric and environment, with aspects such as the leaky roof leaving many passengers feeling highly dissatisfied. However the new refurbishments which have started this month aim to replace this with a brand new £16m roof, which is likely to be made from ETFE (ethylene tetrafluoroethylene); the same material used at Manchester Picadilly station.
The Network Rail website outlines further plans for the tired-looking Manchester Victoria, such as a new bridge link to the Manchester Arena, improvements to the footbridge spanning platforms 3-6, refurbishment of the Grade II listed Victoria buildings, refurbished external canopy, new lighting and glazed entrances, a revamp of the retail spaces, improvements to the ticket hall and upgraded Metrolink facilities..
Scaffolding has already been erected at the station, which will remain open until the refurbishments are completed in early 2015, and Network Rail have released computer generated images of what the station is expected to look like upon completion of the renovation project.
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