Thursday, March 15, 2012

Feel To Follow

Arndale Void
This week there were two stories about transport in Manchester that interested me. The Guardian ran this blog about the Manchester Underground that never was. Envisaged in the 1970's the plan was to link up Picadilly to Victoria with a station under the Arndale.

The Government cancelled the plan with only a small amount of groundwork done, leaving behind a subterranean reminder.
The second announcement was the news that chancellor George Osborne has given the go ahead to an £85 million pound project to connect Picadilly and Victoria with a new direct Rail connection.

What interested me was that the budget for the underground in the 1970's was £9 million. Adjusted for inflation that is about £85 million today. So somehow its as expensive to build an overground rail now as it would have been to construct an underground line 40 years ago.
Chancellor George Osborne's £85m budget bonanza for a direct train link between Manchester's two main stations.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1413410_george_osborne_confirms_85m_piccadilly__victoria_rail_link_in_budgetCHan
Chancellor George Osborne's £85m budget bonanza for a direct train link between Manchester's two main stations.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1413410_george_osborne_confirms_85m_piccadilly__victoria_rail_link_in_budget
Chancellor George Osborne's £85m budget bonanza for a direct train link between Manchester's two main stations.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1413410_george_osborne_confirms_85m_piccadilly__victoria_rail_link_in_budget
Chancellor George Osborne's £85m budget bonanza for a direct train link between Manchester's two main stations.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1413410_george_osborne_confirms_85m_piccadilly__victoria_rail_link_in_budget
Chancellor George Osborne's £85m budget bonanza for a direct train link between Manchester's two main stations.

Read more at: http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1413410_george_osborne_confirms_85m_piccadilly__victoria_rail_link_in_budget
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