All trains at Manchester Piccadilly to be cancelled on Sunday due to ‘roof repairs’
Rail replacement services will be in place instead.
All trains to and from Manchester Piccadilly are to be cancelled this Sunday so “essential roof repairs” can be carried out.
After what has been weeks of significant disruption on rail networks across Greater Manchester and the North West due to thousands of workers striking over the festive season, Network Rail is now warning passengers of a full station closure at Manchester Piccadilly this weekend.
This is so specialist teams can carry out “essential repairs” to the roof.
As the 25,000-volt overhead lines which usually power trains need to be switched off for engineers to work at height, this means that no trains will be running in and out of the the city‘s main station on Sunday 15 January.
Network Rail says engineers are continuing strengthening work to the Victorian-built train shed’s gable end – which began over the Christmas period.
“We’ve been carrying out a lot of essential work to improve Manchester Piccadilly station over Christmas and New Year, and this weekend the teams are coming back to complete the second phase of roof maintenance,” said Kara Wood, Network Rail’s North West head of performance and customer relationship.
“Because we have to turn the power lines off to safely carry out the structural work it means we can’t run any trains all day on Sunday.”
Rail replacement buses will instead be operation this Sunday to “keep people on the move”.
Manchester Piccadilly’s station concourse and retail units will stay open, Network Rail has confirmed, but passengers will be directed to the buses on Station Approach to complete their journeys, so people are being advised to allow extra time, and check the National Rail website or with their individual train operator, before they travel.
Network Rail says it’s keen to “thank passengers in advance for their patience” while rail replacement buses are in place.
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Further railway upgrades in Greater Manchester are also set to see changes to journeys in the coming weeks.
You can find out more about how this will impact services here.
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