Salford / Manchester


Network Rail

Main Contractor:

Skanska / Bam JV


Aecom / Mott MacDonald JV





Completion Date:



Work on The Ordsall Chord started back in October 2015. The project’s main purpose was to create a link between Manchester’s main train stations for the first time; Oxford Road, Manchester Piccadilly and Severfield’s award-winning Manchester Victoria Station. Now successfully completed, with the official opening on Thursday 9 November 2017, the Ordsall Chord helps to provide increased capacity, more frequent trains and less congestion at Manchester’s main stations. The project has created an additional 300 metres of new railway viaduct, and now enables direct services to Manchester Airport from the North.

For the delivery of the Ordsall Chord project, the Northern Hub Alliance was formed, consisting of; Network Rail, Siemens, Amey Sersa JV, Skanska BAM JV and Severfield. Being part of this alliance enabled us to have Early Contractor Involvement (ECI), which was essential during the design stage as certain aspects of the civil engineering works were particularly critical for programme delivery.

There were a number of major works milestones and significant steel lifts that took place; namely during Easter 2016, a 16-day construction blockade during Christmas/New Year 2016, the 22 February 2017 arch lift, (which had 18 months of prior planning), and Easter 2017. During these key periods work involved demolition of previous bridges, building new structures, installing new and realigning existing track, as well as re signalling.

Severfield Assistant Project Manager Stuart Haslam commented “I feel very proud to have been part of this project and seeing the finished product is a great achievement.”

This project is part of Network Rail’s multi-billion-pound Great North Rail Project, which is an impressive scheme aiming to transform rail connectivity in the north of England and boost economic growth.

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