Above is a photograph of Manchester Piccadilly Station in 2008 and below is the same station in the 1980s. As you can see Gateway House is in place but this photograph was taken before the modernization that created what is generally regarded as one of the best station facilities in the UK.
Below are two images of the station and Gateway House under construction, the first in the 1960s and the second in the 1970s. They come from the Newbold Collection and are shown here with the permission of Chetham's Library.
Originally it was called
London Road Station. It was built in 1842 for
the Manchester & Birmingham Railway and Sheffield,
Ashton-under-Lyne & Manchester Railway.
Below is the view today.
Below are two aerial images of London
Road Station in the 1940s/50s shown with the generous
permission of English Heritage.
1. London Road
1. London Road
Station 2. Mayfield
Station 3. Fire Headquarters
Outside of the station
building, at the top of the approach ramp, there was a
circular building that contained a staircase.
This staircase allowed you to walk down to Store
Street which runs below the approach ramp.
Beside the round building there was an office building
for the taxis. You can see both of these
buildings in the image below taken during a period of
The image above was taken by Pauline Leech and generously donated by Chetham's Library.
You can see the buildings
on the aerial photograph below. I have indicated
them with a red arrow.
Below: An interior view
during the steam era.
A lot has changed in the intervening
103 years including the name, which was introduced in
1960. By far the most obvious change has been
the demolition of the old London Road Station building
and its replacement by an ultra modern station.
This was done in two stages. Below are two
images, shown here with the generous permission of Ben
Brooksbank, that show the work underway to
modernize the station in the 1960s.
Around and beneath the old London Road Station there were extensive facilities for the handling of goods. While the facade of the Goods Office has been preserved on London Road, a major reconstruction on London Road and Fairfield Street has created a new entrance to the station and a new taxi rank.
Car park beneath the station approach ramp.
Today in addition to Virgin Rail the railway companies using Piccadilly include: Arriva Trains Wales, CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains, First TransPennine Express, and Northern Rail.
Inside Piccadilly is now a fully modern, state of the art, light and attractive transportation hub to rival any in the country.