Manchester Victoria upgraded railway station platform

Manchester Victoria railway station has opened after a £44m revamp carried out by UK Network Rail.

The station, labelled the worst in the country in a 2009 Department for Transport report, has gained a new roof provides passengers and station users with a light and spacious environment.

Upgrades to the roof required an investment of £20m. Additional work included development of a tram stop with four new platforms and three new tracks, which opened in February.

Transport for Greater Manchester co-ordinated with Network Rail on incorporating the expanded Metrolink tram network at the redeveloped railway station.

"Manchester Victoria station is modern, clean and flooded with natural light; a station this great city so badly needs."

Manchester City Council leader and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) lead on strategic rail Sir Richard Leese said: "With tram and train services all together under one impressive new roof, the transformed Manchester Victoria station is an example of how we’re beginning to make a difference as we work towards becoming a city with world-class transport infrastructure."

Construction work was carried out while the railway station was operational. The project comes under a £1bn+ investment programme aimed to increase capacity, connectivity, speed and service frequency of the UK’s rail network in the north.

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Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said: "For far too long people travelling in and out of Manchester Victoria had to make do with a tired and dark station.

"The contrast today is remarkable. Manchester Victoria station is modern, clean and flooded with natural light; a station this great city so badly needs."

Manchester Victoria also has new shops and cafes.

Image: Manchester Victoria railway station platform. Photo: © Network Rail.