SJ8499 : Crane at Manchester Victoria station

taken 3 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Crane at Manchester Victoria station
Crane at Manchester Victoria station
Work was under way to install a new curved roof as part of a major transformation project. The crane was a 750 tonnes Liebherr LR1750 crawler crane supplied by Weldex. Behind the crane are a number of the huge steel ribs that will make up the roof structure.

The view is from platform 1, across the Metrolink stop platforms towards CIS Tower
Metrolink (Manchester)
The Metrolink is a light rail system. It has three lines converging on Manchester city centre from Bury, Altrincham and Eccles. The system is owned by the Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE). The routes use a combination of old railway lines and street lines. The first line opened in 1992. The lines to Rochdale and Ashton have also opened
Two new lines are due to open by 2016 to Manchester Airport and East Didsbury.
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Manchester Victoria Station
Opened in 1844 (the present building dates to 1902), Manchester Victoria is the second busiest station in Manchester. It runs services mainly to destinations north and east of Manchester as well as Liverpool. There is also a Metrolink station on the line to Bury. The station underwent a major refurbishment between 2013-15, see ( LinkExternal link )
Grade II listed. LinkExternal link
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Manchester Victoria Station Refurbishment, 2013-2015
Built in 1844, Manchester Victoria is a transport interchange station for train, tram and bus welcoming over six million passengers annually; various parts of the Victoria building are Grade II listed. In 2009, Victoria had the unfortunate distinction of being labelled “Britain’s worst station” (DfTs “Better Stations” report). Coupled with that, the station roof, which was a muddle of a design, was in very poor condition, a situation exacerbated by the IRA bomb in 1996 that caused significant damage in the centre of the city. The facilities met neither basic passenger expectations nor did they project the welcoming modern image expected by the many visitors arriving into Manchester in the twenty-first century.

Work to refurbish the station finally began in 2013. The refurbishment, which is scheduled to take until 2015, involves:

• Improvements to the footbridge spanning platforms 3-6 allowing for future growth in passenger numbers

• The old leaky roof replaced with a stunning new roof structure made from ETFE, the same material used at the Eden Project and the roof at Manchester Piccadilly station

• Sympathetic refurbishment to Grade II listed parts of the Victoria Buildings, (including the war memorial, glass dome, Soldiers Gate and the wall map) restoring them to their former glory

• Refurbishment of the external glass canopy, new lighting and glazed entrances to revitalise the Victoria Buildings

• Revamp of existing retail spaces and provision of new retail facilities for a better shopping experience

• Improvements to the ticket hall and external improvements to the paving on station approach

• The Metrolink facilities in Victoria are being upgraded to provide additional capacity as the network expands, this work is being incorporated into the re-roofing works

• Electrified rail lines to the station
(LinkExternal link Network Rail)

The Co-operative Society, which owns much of the land in the area, intends to build a new 14-storey hotel alongside the station.

Update: The station was officially reopened (although it was never actually closed) by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin on 6 October 2015 (LinkExternal link Manchester Evening News).
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SJ8499, 520 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 22 July, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 13 January, 2015
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  Construction, Development 
Railway Station (from Tags)
Manchester Victoria 
Place (from Tags)
Manchester 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway Station 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8406 9902 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:29.2589N 2:14.5018W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 84043 99047
View Direction
Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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