As Manchester Piccadilly celebrates its 175th anniversary, PETE BRUNSKILL considers the key role of the station in the life of the city
Manchester Piccadilly is at the heart of the rail network in the North, the key element in the Northern Hub project for unlocking capacity across the region.
The station has a long and illustrious history: its origins date from the very early days of the railways. The Manchester and Birmingham Railway opened a temporary terminus on Travis Street in June 1840. This was replaced in 1842 by a permanent facility, Store Street station, which had two platforms and railway offices. In 1847, the station was renamed ‘Manchester London Road’.