The rebuilt Manchester Victoria station has opened after a refurbishment costing £44 million. Victoria has now gained a new roof built of innovative ribs of curving steel as well as two more tram platforms to cater for the growth and expansion of the city's Metrolink network. The station is also a key component in the plans for Manchester to become a 'Northern Hub' at the heart of the region's rail network. Six years ago it came at the bottom of user satisfaction surveys, but Network Rail's Mark Carne said it must surely now be 'among the country's best'.
NEWS that Chancellor George Osborne plans to set up a National Infrastructure Commission under the chairmanship of former Labour Transport Secretary Lord Andrew Adonis has been quickly welcomed by the group campaigning for the restoration of the railway between Stratford-upon-Avon and Honeybourne, on the North Cotswold route.
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