Freight train and passenger train at Manchester Oxford Road

Alternative proposals for Manchester congestion 

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An alternative proposal has been tabled to relieve congestion in Manchester’s notorious Castlefield Corridor. The short section of twin-track across the south side of the city centre is running at over capacity, and it is the subject of delays for passenger and freight traffic over a wide area of the North of England. Rebuilding is on the agenda, but at huge cost. Now an affordable proposal has been tabled, which would take pressure off the section, and could be achieved with much less disruption to services.

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Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

3 comments op “Alternative proposals for Manchester congestion ”

Gremlin X|03.12.20|16:20

This is by far the best proposal I have seen yet for this. It needs OHLE for sure (despite resistance from politicians). This would provide impetus for electrification of the CLC route to Liverpool and the Stockport to Chester line which could then trigger electrification eastward. A freight connection for Carrington Park is a must as the link road to the M60 is full of lorry convoys to/from the SAICA Paper mill that could easily make trainloads. There’s also a biomass burning power plant.

Long Branch Mike|13.10.21|15:25

I agree with Gremlin X – a much needed strategic investment.

Richard Sterne|16.11.21|04:24

This is the best solution for the area. Why has work not started on it?

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