Weekend engineering work on the Ordsall Chord is due to start from 29 October, with a bigger programme of work over Christmas, running from Sunday 18 December to Monday 2 January. 

How will this affect services and stations? 

This will affect services to and from Manchester, with train services unable to cross Manchester. There will be changes to train times and some replacement bus services.  For those who do need to cross Manchester, you will be able to use your train ticket to travel on Metrolink services between Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria, between 18 December and 2 January.

Oxford Road and Deansgate stations will be closed on December 27 and 31 as well as January 1 and 2.  All stations will be closed to train services on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

This map shows the affected routes. 

Orsdall Route Engineering Map

 Download Orsdall Route Engineering Map. (920KB, pdf).

Alternative Timetables - Sunday 11 December

   Liverpool - Earlestown - Manchester - Manchester Airport: Alternative Timetable. (801KB, pdf).

   Manchester Airport - Manchester - Southport: Alternative Timetable. (800KB, pdf).

Alternative Timetables - Sunday 18 December – Monday 2 January 2017

   TT12 Manchester - Blackburn - Clitheroe : Alternative Timetable. (1.2MB, pdf).

   TT14 Manchester Airport - Manchester - Kirkby/Southport : Alternative Timetable. (853KB, pdf).

   TT15 Manchester Airport - Manchester - Earlestown - Liverpool : Alternative Timetable. (1.3MB, pdf).

    TT16 Liverpool - Warrington Central - Manchester: Alternative Timetable. (548KB, pdf).

   TT27 Hazel Grove - Manchester - Preston - Blackpool : Alternative Timetable. (1.4MB, pdf).


Check before you travel

Please plan your journey and check before you travel at   nationalrail.co.uk


What benefits will we get from the work? 

This work will improve connections between Manchester stations through linking Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Victoria. It will provide direct links to Manchester Airport from across the North. It will also reduce the amount of congestion at Manchester Piccadilly by a quarter. 

What work is involved in this project? 

The work will involve engineers moving existing track on the Ordsall Lane junction, Middlewood Viaduct, Water Street junction, Victoria junction and Trafford Park to Piccadilly lines.  The track realignment will allow the 300 metre chord to connect with the new layout before all work is completed by December 2017.  

Other work will consist of the installation of a new bridge and renovation of two existing bridges on Water Street.  There will also be signalling improvements as well as constructing new overhead line equipment.

Further information

For further information about the Ordsall Chord, please visit: networkrail.co.uk/Ordsall

To check the changes to train times, visit: nationalrail.co.uk

The Ordsall Chord project is part of Network Rail’s £1bn+ Rail Upgrade Plan for the North.