Manchester Piccadilly Train Station

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Manchester Piccadilly Train Station

Manchester Piccadilly train station is the principal railway station of Manchester, England. It serves intercity routes to London Euston, Birmingham New Street, South Wales, the south coast of England and Cornwall, Edinburgh and Glasgow Central in Scotland, and routes throughout northern England in addition to the Manchester Metrolink light rail system. One of 18 British railway stations managed by Network Rail, it is the largest and busiest of the five city centre railway stations in Central Manchester/Salford, the others being Manchester Victoria, Salford Central, Deansgate and Manchester Oxford Road. Piccadilly is the 2nd busiest station in England outside London for passenger usage, and the 3rd busiest station in the United Kingdom outside London. According to an independent poll carried out in 2007, Manchester Piccadilly has the highest customer satisfaction level of any UK station, with 92% of passengers satisfied with the station, the national average was 60%.

In 2001-2002, as part of preparations for the 2002 Commonwealth Games the remainder of the station was rebuilt, to designs by BDP, greatly increasing the size of the station concourse and improving access for road traffic.

The project aimed to address severe problems of congestion both on the approach ramp and the concourse at the Manchester Piccadilly main line station and create larger, better organised facilities. Part of the challenge was removing conflict between pedestrian, private car, taxi and bus use, and facilitating interchange between transport modes.

Other objectives were to reflect Manchester's renewed status by providing station accommodation of appropriate scale and quality, and to help regenerate the locality. The client also wanted the building to serve as an icon for Network Rail.

At the outset the station buildings comprised the original listed train shed which was erected in 1842 as the London Road Station, and which subsequently formed the basis for Manchester Piccadilly Station, and a mixture of 1960s buildings.

The re-development encompasses a new steel frame with accommodation on two levels, incorporating travel services, new toilets and retail accommodation.


BDP called the project the most significant new mainline station building in the UK for 40 years. They expanded the concourse on two levels, arranged in a way that helps passengers get their bearings quickly. They opened up 2,000 sq m (21,500 sq ft) of retail space at platform level, with a pub and restaurants on the upper concourse. The services, plant and storage functions were concealed underneath the concourses. By adding a 500-space multi-storey car park with a linking bridge, they were able to clear all traffic from the station approach and create a wide new pedestrian path. The latest engineering techniques supported a new monopitch roof, with ETFE panels to maximise natural light.


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