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Bosses at Manchester Arena are claiming it could go bust if a rival venue is built, possibly near the City of Manchester Stadium in ‘Eastlands’, the BBC reported.

twitter, @BBCNWT, 'Bosses at Manchester Arena are claiming it could go bust - if a rival venue is built in the city. A consultation is underway looking at the future of the Eastland's area - near the Etihad Stadium. One suggestion is a new indoor arena with a capacity of 20,000.'

What is really baffling is why, in the 1990s, anyone thought it a good idea to carve up the railway lands at Victoria, build the Arena on them, reduce the station to a rinky-dink operation, and concentrate services at Piccadilly.

Demolishing the Arena would enable Victoria to be rebuilt on a bigger scale, enabling the development of an exemplary regional rail system of the type found in German cities like Munich.

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Written by beleben

June 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

Posted in Manchester

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  1. I’d have to disagree with you on this one. If anything, the MEN is very well placed in that it is literally on top of the station, and at the time, the platforms it displaced were barely in use because the city centre was dead. It made sense at the time.

    If you spool through to about 31-33 minutes in, notice how the whole route into Victoria from the west is lined with car parks, office buildings and jerry built property developments, both left and right. They are the problem in respect to having new west facing bay platforms, not the arena. The area around the Ordsall Chord is vacant but it is clear by freeze framing the video and looking at the advertising hoardings ringing that site what it’s purpose is going to be. (“Show suites this way!”)

    “What is really baffling is why, in the 1990s, anyone thought it a good idea to carve up the railway lands at Victoria, build the Arena on them, reduce the station to a rinky-dink operation, and concentrate services at Piccadilly.

    Demolishing the Arena would enable Victoria to be rebuilt on a bigger scale, enabling the development of an exemplary regional rail system of the type found in German cities like Munich. “

    The reason for that was that Salford – You’re across the river Irwell at that point – And They Do Things Differently There, probably wanted more development of their side of the river. Additionally, Manchester was yet to be “architecturally remodelled” by the IRA, and the government had yet to be shamed into doing something about the place. The city lost, for example. all of it’s Victorian swimming pools, mostly through neglect.

    It also doesn’t need a regional rail system of the sort you mention because of the trams. They are debatable in their utility but do now work better because the system has been extended to places like Ashton Under Lyne and Oldham: Getting out of Manchester in a car, particularly off to the east, is a nightmare and so I ceased even bothering, I parked at Guide Bridge and used the train. The airport link is a bit of a joke but it does serve places like Wythenshawe that otherwise are entirely car based.

    If a new arena were built out at the Etihad, I can tell you now that one of the big problems with that location is that it has zero public transit provision. Nothing. Notice on Google maps that there is a massive car park north of the Etihad and compare it to the cookie cut station that the tram system offers. They are not serious about building some flash arena, until they address that fact.

    Andrew S. Mooney

    June 14, 2019 at 10:37 am


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