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A s you will be aware, Network Rail is seeking consent to construct and maintain a new railway viaduct over the River Irwell in the vicinity of Ordsall in Manchester and Salford. This will connect Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria stations, allowing more trains to travel through the city centre and across the North of England. .

The TWA Unit, within the Department for Transport, will consider and determine the Ordsall Chord application. In addition, Network Rail is required to apply to National Planning Casework Unit for Listed Building Consent and Conservation Area Consent. These applications will be considered in parallel.

Please see below for details of how you can view the TWA application documents and associated plans for Listed Building Consent and Conservation Area Consent, as well as ways of submitting representations on the proposals. Please note, the period for reviewing the proposals and submitting feedback to the decision making authorities is between 16 September 2013 and 28 October 2013.  

If you require any further information about the Ordsall Chord application or consent process please don’t hesitate to email ordsallchord@networkrail.co.uk or phone Network Rail’s national helpline on 08457 11 41 41.

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TWA Application: viewing the plans and submitting representations

Viewing the TWA application documents

There are various ways to view the final TWA application documents for the proposed Ordsall Chord ahead of submitting representations.

1. Online

The Transport and Works Act (TWA) documents are available to view and download from 16 September 2013 at:

–          www.networkrail.co.uk/ordsall or

–           www.ordsallchord.co.uk


2. Printed copy

A printed copy of the application documents and associated plans can be inspected free of charge from 16 September to 28 October 2013 at the following locations:

Place Times
Manchester City Library

Elliot House, 151 Deansgate, Manchester

M3 3WD

Mondays to Thursdays: 9.00 am to 8.00 pm

Fridays and Saturdays: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Sundays: closed

People’s History Museum

Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER

10.00 am to 5.00 pm every day
Museum of Science and Industry

Liverpool Road, Castlefield, Manchester  M3 4FP

10.00 am to 5.00 pm every day
Bruntwood’s Riverside foyer

New Bailey Street, Salford M3 5FS

Mondays to Fridays: 8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays: closed

The Angel Centre

1 St Philips Place, Salford, M3 6FA

Mondays to Fridays: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Saturdays and Sundays: closed

Ordsall Library

Robert Hall, Salford M5 3LT

Mondays and Tuesdays: 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and 1.45pm to 5.30pm

Thursdays and  Fridays: 9.30 am to 1.00 pm and 1.45 pm to 5.30 pm

Saturdays: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm

Wednesdays and Sundays: closed


3. Request for printed and electronic copies

It you would like to request a printed copy of the application documents please contact lindy.gilbert@networkrail.co.uk or telephone 01270 727649.


Please note, a reasonable copying charge may apply, up to a maximum of £435 for the full suite of documents and £5 for an electronic copy on CD. Copies of individual documents are also available on request.


Submitting representations


1. TWA Application

If you would like to make a representation about the Ordsall Chord TWA application please email transportandworksact@dft.gsi.gov.uk or write to:


The Secretary of State for Transport

c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit

General Counsel’s Office

Department for Transport

Zone 1/18

Great Minster House

33 Horseferry Road

London SW1P 4DR

Objections or representation MUST (i) be received by the Secretary of State on or before 28 October 2013, (ii) be made in writing (whether sent by post or email), (iii) state the grounds of the objection or other representation, (iv) indicate who is making the objection or representation, and (v) give an address to which correspondence relating to the objection or representation may be sent. (If you are sending your objection or other representation by e-mail, please provide a postal address and state “Ordsall Chord TWA Order” in the subject of the email.)

2. Listed Building and Conservation Area consents

Objections or representations about the Listed Building Consent and the Conservation Area Consent should be sent to npcu@communities.gsi.gov.uk with the email subject title “Ordsall Chord TWA Order” clearly stated and a postal address included in the correspondence. Alternatively, you can write to the address listed below. Please note, all comments must be received on or before 28 October 2013.


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