UK Government Invests £72 Million to Improve Train Services in Manchester

The UK government has announced a 72 million GBP package to help deliver more reliable trains in Manchester.

This funding will be used to construct a third platform at Salford Crescent station and complete track improvement work across north Manchester.

In addition, Manchester Victoria Station will benefit from extra entry and exit points to platforms to improve passenger flows during busy periods.

These upgrades will help reduce delays, bottlenecks and station overcrowding to improve the passenger experience.

Manchester Rail Funding
This package will improve the passenger experience by having more reliable trains and fewer delays
Transport Secretary Mark Harper said:

“This investment supports our commitment to transforming journeys across the north by achieving much-needed infrastructure improvements in Manchester.

“Today’s funding, alongside major projects like HS2, the TransPennine route upgrade and Northern Powerhouse Rail, demonstrates our pledge to improving opportunities for passengers across the region and leaving a positive impact for generations to come.”

The funding was announced by Rail Minister Huw Merriman at Manchester Victoria Station on 25 May.

It follows an 84 million GBP government investment in December 2022 to support the launch of a new timetable and extend platforms to accommodate longer electric trains with greater capacity.

Rail Minister Huw Merriman said:

“This new investment will help make train services more reliable for the people of Manchester and beyond, marking another milestone in a decade’s worth of rail improvements across the region.

“An efficient railway is key to levelling up and the improvements achieved through this package will help boost local economies and connect people to opportunities, as well as friends and family.”

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