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Manchester Victoria, Manchester

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2.1/5 based on 260+ reviews on the web
Manchester Victoria railway station in Manchester, England is the city's second largest mainline railway station and one of nine Metrolink tram stops within the city zone. It lies to the north of the city centre on Hunts Bank, close to Manchester Cathedral. Victoria is Manchester's tertiary station (after Piccadilly and Oxford Road) in the Manchester station group and the busiest station managed by Northern Rail. Its management will be transferred to Network Rail in April 2016 once the current Northern Rail franchise expires.The station predominantly hosts local and regional services to destinations in northern England, such as, Bradford,, Wigan, Blackpool, and Liverpool using the original Liverpool to Manchester line. Most trains calling at Victoria are operated by Northern Rail, except for First TransPennine Express services from Liverpool to Newcastle and during engineering works, when some trains are diverted from Piccadilly.
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  • Ideal destiunation fro those using the city center with its easy crossover from the rail network to the tram system. Clean and well run 
  • From the outside the classical-looking train station, but that concerns only the fa├žade. For the rest a normal station for train, tram and bus.
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  • Went here to catch the train to Leeds with my Son and Daughter. Nice station but the way it is designed makes it very cold. Had a nice coffee from the coffee shop whilst I waited for my train. Overall...  read more »
  • It's gotten better after the recent modernisation. Victoria Station used to be dark and dingy now it's bright and contemporary. However, they have imposed charges to use the lavatories which is a total con. My disability rail pass can't open the ticket barriers. However there is usually staff on hand to open them so not really an issue. I wish all of the platforms can be renovated.
  • Comfortably the worst train station in England, if a train is less than 5 minutes late I consider it a win. They've spent a fortune doing it up, why? Spend money making the trains on time instead. I would love to never have to come here again
  • A station of two halves - one ultra modern section incorporates the tram and allows local transport to connect to the national rail network. However, the rail connection part of the station remains in its old, cold, dark platform station (specifically platform 3). Whether here on a summer or winters day it'll be chilly and the platform works very well as an unintended wind tunnel. The station lacks a good amount of shops, with only a couple of coffee shops and a pub to serve the travellers waiting for their trains. It's a station of two eras.
  • Improving day after day in improving ancillary facilities. Bathrooms need to be kept clean though. Platform changes happen even in the last minute after sitting in the seating train leaving you baffled as you are left without little information
  • What a debacle! Went to an event at the Arena, came out to Victoria Station in plenty of time for the train home - 20 minutes to spare - and guess what? Loads of inspectors preventing entry to the platform but not selling tickets, no ticket office kiosks open, and only two automatic ticket machines available - both of which had a queue with an intoxicated person at the front unable to buy their tickets. We and at least three groups of people in front of us missed our trains because we weren't able to buy tickets within a reasonable period of time. It is not as though it is a surprise when the Arena has a booking. It is well advertised. Either install a sensible number of ticket machines or employ staff to cover the busy evenings. You know all the trains stop around 11.00 pm so no surprise it's busy.
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