9 November 2017

The Ordsall Chord connecting Manchester's railway

The new Ordsall Chord railway bridge

We hear so often about the Northern Powerhouse and how we all need to connect better with one another in the North. But – when there are conversations that Manchester alone isn’t well connected – how can we create a stronger economy with better communication throughout the region?

It’s something that we’ve talked and talked about. It’s a big frustration for business leaders and whilst I don’t necessarily agree that communication between different areas of Manchester is poor, it’s clear something needs to improve when it comes to transport.

That’s why – despite the current roadworks – the extension of the Metrolink tram system comes as huge progress. And today marked another step towards a better connected city and region with the completion of the much-talked-about Ordsall Chord.

A Railway with a real impact

The rail bridge connects the city’s three main train stations – Oxford Road, Piccadilly and Victoria – for the first time. It’s a big step forward in reducing congestion around Piccadilly. It’s part of a broader ‘Northern Hub’ scheme.

These are the kinds of projects that really do have an impact on the local area. There has been too much energy invested into HS2 and HS3 to connect the north and south. Really, the first step should be strengthening the links between areas within the UK’s other cities.

These projects ease congestion in the local area. They also make commuting, popping to see clients, and heading out for meetings so much easier. It’s common sense!

It’s great to see thought leadership like this on our doorstep. Manchester has led the way with transport for centuries – just look at the Manchester Ship Canal – and it is great to see that this proud history is continuing.

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