Manchester City Centre is likely to follow in London’s footsteps in the very near future with talks of an underground rail network operating below the city. However, this is not the first time the city has tried to develop an underground network, with a previous application for the ‘Picc-Vic’ refused in 1973, due to a £500 million reduction in public expenditure.
The new scheme will provide rail services for around 68,000 additional commuter trips in the city centre during the peak morning period expected by 2040. With construction not due to start until then, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) are looking for medium-term alternatives such as Tram trains, which can operate on both street tramway and railway lines to reduce the pressure on bustling buses and ‘rail-ly’ crowded trains.
A 12-week consultation period has just opened, and we would love to hear your views on this proposed scheme. Look out Manchester, you’re going down!