SideTracked - Manchester Piccadilly
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About Manchester Piccadilly Station
Manchester Piccadilly is the principal railway station in Manchester, England. Opened as Store Street in 1842 and renamed Manchester London Road in 1847. It serves intercity destinations such as London, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton, South Wales and Glasgow as well as other destinations throughout Northern England including Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Newcastle and York.
The station consists of 14 platforms; 12 of which are terminal platforms; the other 2 are through platforms situated to the south of the train shed. Two platforms for the Metrolink network are located in the station.
Piccadilly is the busiest station in the Manchester Station Group ahead of Oxford Road, Victoria and Deansgate. With over 23 million passenger entries and exits between April 2012 and March 2013, it is the fourth busiest station in the United Kingdom outside London. In total, 6 train operating companies operate services to and from Piccadilly. It is the second busiest interchange station outside London, with almost 3.8 million passengers changing trains at the station annually.
The station received a five-year 100m refurbishment in 2002, which was the most expensive improvement on the UK rail network at the time. 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 compared with the national average of 60%. There are submitted plans to enlarge the station with two new through platforms as part of the Northern Hub with construction work expected to begin in 2016 and five new platforms as part of the High Speed 2 proposals.
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