Platform extensions for longer trains on Manchester Airport line

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Platforms at three stations between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport are being extended for passengers from this weekend.

Network Rail is investing £8.5 million to lengthen Mauldeth Road, East Didsbury and Gatley stations to make way for longer trains, providing more seats in future for passengers travelling along the busy airport line. The work begins on Sunday 8 January and will be complete by the end of March.

To carry out the upgrades, the line between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport will be closed for six Sundays on:

  • 8, 15, and 22 January
  • 12, 19, and 26 February

Replacement buses will be in place to keep passengers on the move but people are being advised to plan ahead at and allow extra time for their journeys to and from the airport on those dates.

Simon Daly, sponsor at Network Rail, said: “The work to extend Mauldeth Road, East Didsbury and Gatley stations, and Northern’s planned roll out of longer trains in the future, is crucial to increasing capacity on services across the North West of England.

“This work means that longer trains can transport more passengers from across the North West to Manchester Airport.”

People are also advised of important work to Manchester Piccadilly’s roof, which means no trains will run from the station on Sunday 15 January.

Then on Sunday 22 January platforms 13 and 14 will be closed to trains to complete resurfacing work which started over the Christmas break.

Meanwhile Salford Central station is closed for vital upgrade work until summer 2023.

Image credit: Network Rail

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