Manchester Victoria station is benefitting from a £1 million investment. Network Rail, along with train operator Northern and its other partners, is improving stations across the North West of England to provide passengers with better experiences and journeys.
The investment will be spent on improvements, including:
• Lift infrastructure upgrades
• Full refurbishment of toilets
• New waiting areas on platforms 3, 4 and 5
• More user-friendly signage around the station
• New customer information screens
• Improved wayfinding signage
• Removal of toilet charges
• A ‘living’ wall to help improve air quality in the station
The project will run from October 2019 through to January 2020. During the improvement work, passengers who require step-free access are urged to book assisted travel by calling 0800 138 5560. Passengers will be advised to use alternative stations where possible; these will be highlighted to passengers when booking assistance for journeys to/from Manchester Victoria. Additional station staff are available throughout the upgrade works to assist passengers with prams and heavy luggage. Network Rail, Northern and their partners would like to thank customers for their patience and understanding to help make this transformation happen.
Stairmaster equipment in use at Manchester Victoria, during the works.
In 2015, Manchester Victoria underwent a £44 million transformation delivered by Network Rail, Manchester City Council and TfGM as part of the Great North Rail Project. This upgrade saw a new roof, the refurbishment of the Grade II listed parts of the building, a new footbridge to Manchester Arena, new lighting and retail facilities to make the station brighter, lighter and more spacious.
The latest £1m investment is coming from the Department for Transport’s National Stations Improvement Fund and from a £15m customer benefit programme announced by the rail minister in December. Transport for the North has welcomed the funding schemes, with rail users across the North of England set to benefit from improved facilities in similar upgrades across the region.