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Picc Vic nixed

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Planned HS2 in south east Lancashire and north east Cheshire, showing the tunnel into Manchester

In March 2012 Manchester academics Martin Dodge and Richard Brook announced that a mysterious space underneath Topshop in the Arndale shopping centre had been identified as the initial stages of a long forgotten 3.7 km [2.3 mile] underground railway through central Manchester.

[Manchester University]

The proposals for Manchester’s tube railway advanced over 20 years, culminated in the receipt of Parliamentary powers in 1972 and formal plans to commence construction works in September 1973 with a target completion date of 1978.

Three underground stations below the Central Library, Whitworth Street and a brand new station under the junction of Market Street and Cross Street to serve the Arndale Centre and the surrounding commercial area would have been built.

The mainline train stations of Piccadilly and Victoria would have been connected for the first time, while moving walkways, also in subways, would have joined Piccadilly Gardens, St. Peter’s Square and Oxford Road station.

Picc-Vic would have given Manchester the equivalent of Leipzig’s current S-Bahn system, a high quality local public transport facility that would be far more useful to Mancunians than HS2. Unfortunately, the government of the day was not willing to allocate the funds for Picc-Vic.

However, in 2014, cost doesn’t appear to be an obstacle when it comes to a vanity transport scheme involving a massively expensive — and much longer — high speed rail tunnel into Manchester.

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Written by beleben

September 5, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Posted in HS2, Manchester

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