Network Rail has commenced work at Manchester Piccadilly to expand the space on two of the platforms.
It is another element of the Great North Rail Project that the industry is embarking on and will modernise platforms 13 and 14 at the train station – two of the busiest for Manchester Piccadilly.
The project will ultimately give passengers a greater experience, which is the main aim of the Great North Rail Project which will, as a result, also provide upgraded and improved services on Britain’s railways.
This scheme will result in more space on those busy platforms at Manchester Piccadilly by removing shelters that are taking up what Network Rail deem too much space.
The Regional Director for Northern, Liam Sumpter, explained the need for this project and the benefits it will bring.
“Platforms 13 and 14 are probably the busiest at Manchester Piccadilly and are in need of modernisation.
“I want our customers to have access to waiting areas that are fit for 2018 and platforms that provide the access to trains and the space our customers need.
“The work being carried out by Network Rail will achieve this and goes hand in hand with the work we are doing to modernise our trains, stations and facilities.”
The old shelters are already being removed and by the end of this year, will be replaced by waiting rooms that, although they are smaller, are much more modern.
Design of these is currently underway, ready for introduction later this year.
Network Rail’s Asset Manager, Kieran Breakey, said that the removal of the units currently stationed on those platforms will reduce congestion.
He said: “At the moment, half of the current shelter is home to an old toilet block and retail unit, which haven’t been used for nearly 20 years. This is obviously taking up a lot of space on what are already well-used platforms.
“By removing these units, it will help reduce congestion and help passengers spread out more easily.”