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Saturday, 23 February 2008

Manchester Evening News: Salford station re-opened (Alan Salter)

An article from today's Manchester Evening News about the reopening of Salford Central railway station mentions our demonstration, by Alan Salter:

Two government ministers have celebrated Salford's new £5m station.

Transport Secretary and Bolton MP Ruth Kelly officially re-opened the city's Central Station.

The improvements, paid for by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority and Manchester Enterprises, include almost 500 square metres of glass to create a new entrance hall and ticket office.

Among the VIPs waiting for the Transport Secretary was another cabinet member, Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

Dozens of police were on duty as protesters from the Save The Woodhead Tunnel campaign gathered outside.

They are campaigning to both politicians to prevent National Grid laying power cables through the 1954 tunnel which would make it difficult to re-open the rail line between Manchester and Sheffield.

Ms Kelly said of the new-look station: "This is not just the story of the regeneration of Salford, it is the regeneration of the railway."

And GMPTA chairman Coun Roger Jones said: "This is just the first phase. If we can get the funds, this station will be a mini Piccadilly Station within a decade."