Road closures as Ordsall Chord work continues

A number of railway arches which make up a disused section of railway will be removed this weekend as work continues to build the Ordsall Chord.

The work, part of Network Rail’s £1bn investment in the railway in the North of England, will mean a section of Trinity Way in Salford will be closed to traffic as a safety precaution due to the closeness of the road to the demolition site.

The four arches are being removed to allow the Ordsall Chord to be tied into the railway.

From 8pm on Saturday 25 June until 6am on Monday 27 June both carriageways will be closed to traffic between Hampson Street and Irwell Street junctions.

The Ordsall Chord will link Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria stations and will be completed by December 2017. The civil engineering project is designed to deliver a more reliable, faster and efficient railway to the ever increasing numbers of passengers who use the train every year.

Nick Spall, route delivery director for Network Rail, said: “The closure of Trinity Way for this short period of time is essential to allow us to continue work on the Ordsall Chord. Railway arches at Middlewood Viaduct, which is close to Trinity Way, will be removed and for safety reasons it is necessary for the road to close.

“The time has been chosen so disruption to drivers is kept to a minimum. It has been planned in consultation with Manchester City Council and Salford City Council and we apologise for any inconvenience it may cause.”

Once built the chord will connect Manchester’s main train stations for the first time and help support new direct links to Manchester Airport from across the North.  It will also contribute to the ongoing regeneration of the area by providing links to new development sites for homes and businesses as well as creating new public realm spaces.

Stephenson’s Bridge, a one-listed structure, will be revealed for the first time since the 1800s and restored as part of the project, which went through a protracted legal row with campaigners to get the go-ahead. The Ordsall Chord will sit on top of the bridge, combining the historic railway in the area with the new.

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