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Manchester Piccadilly Station
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Manchester Piccadilly Station
Advantages: Central location, 100's of destinations
Manchester Picadilly triin station is one of three main stations in the City, infact Picadilly is the largest with over 1000 trains coming in & out everyday, even Sundays.
It's owned by Network Rail who own 18 stations on the National Rail Network, Manchester Picadilly opened back in May 1842 & was originally known as Store Street station.
Manchester Picadilly handles trains from across the UK, with direct trains to most major towns & cities across the whole of the UK with trains from Glasgow & Edinburgh in Scotland, Newcastle, Durham & Middlesbrough in North East England, Scarborough, Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield & Leeds in Yorkshire, Birmingham in the Midlands, Cardiff & Swansea in Wales and London in the South to name just a few on the places on offer by train to & from Manchester Picadilly. Not to mention literally 100s on places in between.
Several train operators use Manchester Picadilly including Virgin West Coast, one of the UK's largest rail networks which streches from Scotland to London Euston with trains every 20minutes during the day. First Transpennine Express, with trains running via Manchester Picadilly from Manchester Airport & Liverpool to Scarborough, Hull, Middlesbrough & Newcastle across the Pennines. CrossCountry Trains who run services to the Midlands, Bournemouth and the South, Arriva Trains Wales with services to Cardiff, Swansea & Llandudno, East Midlands Trains to... well the East Midlands and Northern Rail who operate most of the local services & also services across the Leeds & Blackpool.
The station is light and airy, with plenty of ventilation but isn't actually that cold (but it's not warm of course). Theres 16 platforms in totel, platforms 1 - 12 are in the main concourse area where most trains terminate/commence from, then take the moving elevator up to the next level and you have platforms 13 & 14 which are split into 13A, 13B, 14A & 14B, these platforms are the busiest on the station with through trains heading for Liverpool & Blackpool.
The station has plenty of ammenities, toilets can be found up by Platform 13/14 or on the main station concourse opposite platforms 11 & 12 but bare in mind you have to pay for these. Theres a Northern & Virgin Information desks, Northern's is located near platform 10 and Virgin's is opposite platform 1, Virgin also operate the travel centre opposite platforms 1-6 where you can buy all rail tickets and get help & information. In the centre of the main concourse near platforms 3-5 you have another information booth by Network Rail for help & assistance. There are also 3 cash machines located near Sainsburys & platform 11 toilets. Theres a really nice First Class Lounge available upstairs for Virgin First Class ticket holders which has free internet, newspapers, drinks & snacks.
You also have many shops & cafe's including Upper Crust, Burger King, Starbucks, WHSmiths & Sainsbury's. Which is great way to pass the time waiting for trains.
The station has a huge departures & arrivals board which tells you the next train & platform it'll be on to your destination, theres also a small arrivals board on the wall where the platforms are for meeting passengers off trains. Also if your going to platforms 13/14 theres a small waiting area & an LCD display is on there too all of which are a very clear & easy to see & understand. Plus on each platform is a TV monitor to tell you the next train at that platform which helps you see it's deffinately the right one.
Access to the station is great with most buses in the centre terminating in or near Piccadilly Gardens your just minutes from the station, 3 free bus routes also run around the centre which stop at Picadilly Station too. Theres cycle spaces if you wish to ride there on your bike, plus a large taxi rank just outside the back of the station to collect taxi's or ride the Metrolink, Manchester's own light rail/tram system from across the city as Manchester Picadilly has it's own Metrolink station just below the main train station.
Summary: Great central station with 1000's of trains to use
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