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Manchester Piccadilly
Station, Fairfield Street, Manchester M60 7RT.

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Piccadilly Rail Station Manchester

rail passengers arriving at Manchester will discover that Piccadilly
Station is their first taste of the city of Manchester. Its original
iron sheds with their decorative cast iron columns was built in the
1880s, as part of the former London Road Station, as the road from which
you enter the Station Approach is the old London Road. It was the terminus
of the Manchester and Birmingham railway line, and the old station dated
from 1842. The
original station was named London Road Station, and only changed its
name to Piccadilly in relatively recent years.

Piccadilly Station, Manchester
Piccadilly Rail Station,
Manchester. Aerial Photo Courtesy of © 2005

its day it was a major achievement, as it made travel to London direct
by rail a possibility in a travel time of nine and a half hours. Today
it takes just over two and a half hours. But in the 1840s, the alternative
was to travel by stagecoach, and this was a 24 hour journey.
its day it was a major achievement, as it made travel to London direct
by rail a possibility in a travel time of nine and a half hours. Today
it takes just over two and a half hours. But in the 1840s, the alternative
was to travel by stagecoach, and this was a 24 hour journey.
present station buildings and tower were completed in 1969, with a
new station approach and a massive area facelift – the serpentine
glass and steel of Gateway House (architects Richard Seifhart and
Partners) following the curve of the drive to the station.
original 1842 Railway Crest still adorns the entrance. All but one
of the many classic warehouses and goods stores which served the station
were demolished in this mid-1960s refurbishment. The sole surviving
warehouse is the MS&LR; seven storey London Warehouse of 1876, still
standing behind Gateway House.
ten storey office block also dominates the station’s frontage. Piccadilly
Station serves all destinations south for both inter-city and local
routes. Also behind Gateway House are the station Car Parks. The station
also serves as a terminus for the Metrolink
Rapid Transit Tram
, which connects Piccadilly with Victoria Station.

TransPennine Express (TPE)

operate regular services to Manchester from a number of stations and
offers discounts and savings on many of these routes. See their website

Rail Station

Approach, (off Corporation Street), Todd Street, Manchester M3

a small single storey single platform building built in 1844 on Hunts
Bank to serve the Man chester
& Leeds trans-Pennine railway, by the 1880s Victoria Station had come
to dominate the Long Millgate area and was one of the biggest passenger
stations in Britain.
The original 700 foot long iron and glass train sheds still survive
intact, thanks to sturdy design and construction by George Stephenson.
These sheds obliterated the virtual shanty town and slum buildings of
the former Toad Lane (later renamed Todd Street)..
The present Edwardian building facade was built on in 1902 by architect
William Dawes. It has a 160 yard facade, which still carries an iron
and glass canopy bearing the names of the original destinations which
it served. These were severely damaged by the
IRA bomb
which was exploded nearby in 1996. Fortunately, the glasswork
has now been fully restored to its former glory.
Immediately adjoining the station used to stand the Exchange Station,
which boasted the longest passenger platform in the world – but – severely
damaged by wartime bombings, it was closed in 1969, and now survives
largely as an unprepossessing carpark opposite the Cathedral.
Further redevelopment of Victoria Station took place in 1992 on the
basis of a £35 million grant to upgrade the old station and to
link it to the newly constructed (originally) Nynex Arena (now the Manchester
Evening News Arena) adjacent to it on Hunts bank. This grant was to
form part of the Govenment’s commitment in support of Manchester’s abortive
bid to host the 2000 Olympics in the city.

Tiled map of railway systems in the North West region at Victoria Station., Manchester
Tiled wall map of
railway systems in the North West region at Victoria Station.
Photo copyright © 2010 Gloria Moss, Papillon Graphics

Nowadays, largely
serving destinations north and east of Manchester, it is the main terminus
for the new Nynex Arena, and a major interface where the Metrolink train
joins the streets of Manchester as an urban tramway. Also a major rail-bus
interchange, the station is linked directly to Piccadilly Station by

Road Station

Liverpool Road,
Castlefield, Manchester M3 4FP.
Liverpool Road Station
ranks as one of, if not the, most important railway stations in Britain.
Manchester can be said to have been the place where the Railway Age
began. It was the service established between Liverpool and Manchester
which first demonstrated the feasibility of rail as a viable public
transport system. Opened to the public on 15th September 1830, it marked
the terminus of the newly created line which ran from Liverpool to Manchester,
and it is now part of the Museum of Science and Industry.
The Liverpool
& Manchester Railway came to the city when Joseph Cowlishaw, a Manchester
corn merchant, Joseph Saunders, also a corn merchant, from Liverpool,
and a wealthy estate agent and surveyor named William James formed a
company, surveyed the likely route and proposed the building of the
railway line.
George Stephenson
was employed to construct this new feat of engineering. In 1825, the
proposal was submitted to Parliament and rejected; the next year, despite
strong opposition from some quarters, leading engineers George and John
Rennie were brought in to re-survey the proposal, and as a result the
Bill was successfully passed and work began on constructing the line.
The station
building and the warehouse opposite date from the earliest days of railway
history. It was to this station that the Rainhill Trials to choose a
locomotive to pull passenger coaches between Liverpool and Manchester
George Stephenson’s
ubiquitous “Rocket” being the winner. The rail link, together with the
canal system, was instrumental in the growth of Manchester’s industrial
base in the 19th century.

Central Station

known as GMEX – now reverted to “Manchester Central”)

Street, (off Lower Moseley Street), Manchester M2 3GX.
Tel: 0161-834 2700. Fax: 0161-833 3168.

GMEX - Manchester Central
GMEX, formerly Central Station, Manchester. Aerial Photo Courtesy of
© 2005

Resurrected after
lying derelict for many years, the old Central Station which originally
connected by rail the City of Manchester to Liverpool was closed in
the late 1960s. In its new form – the Greater Manchester Exhibition
Centre (GMEX) was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1986, having
cost more than �20million in converting it to one of England’s finest
exhibition centres.
At over 10,000
square metres it is also one of the country’s largest, the whole space
being open without interior supporting pillars, its vast vaulted roof
held up by sheer engineering ingenuity and simple geometry. The hall
can seat over 9000 people. There are an additional 2,250 square metres
of surrounding land adjacent to the main hall for temporary buildings
and exhibitions, with onsite parking for over 1,500 cars. Regular exhibitions
are held there – everything from Aquatic to Computer Fairs, Caravans
and Home Exhibitions. The Conservative Party held their annual party
conference here in 2011.
It also frequently
hosts musical and performance events, having already added Luciano Pavarotti,
Simply Red and a Torville & Dean Ice Spectacular to its repertoire.
The conversion of the old Central Station into its present form is typical
of the kind of urban renewal and inner city transformations which the
City of Manchester Council and the Central Manchester Development Corporation
have undertaken over the past decade, much to their credit and to the
approval of the citizens of Manchester.
This is a major stopping
off point for Metrolink Trams, not only for GMEX itself, but for Castlefield.

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