Station reopens on 30 May after terrorist attack
In the last week, you will have heard about the appalling terrorist attack at Manchester Arena, after Ariana Grande’s concert. As well the loss of 22 lives and severe injuries to 59 concertgoers, this led to the temporary closure of Manchester Victoria station. Tram and train services were affected. At face value, this could have stopped the city going about her day-to-day activities.
Instead, the people of Greater Manchester gave a collective middle finger to the terrorists. The City Games went ahead as usual. I Love Manchester symbols were seen on shop windows and electronic bus indicator boards. In Hebden Bridge, HB Loves MCR signs were seen on its shops. Floral tributes adorn Albert Square and St. Ann’s Square. Vigils were held in Royton, Mossley, and Stalybridge.
Tomorrow, Manchester Victoria station will reopen. All train and tram services will be restored to normal. Over the last week, trams from Bury, Shaw, Oldham, and Rochdale, have terminated at Monsall. This has meant bus replacement services from Monsall into Manchester city centre. This too has happened to trans-Pennine services which continue to Victoria. Northern’s stopping service from Huddersfield terminated at Stalybridge.
Therefore, tomorrow morning, all Transpennine Express, Northern, and Metrolink services will operate as normal. Tomorrow was originally going to be the RMT’s continued strike over Driver Only Operation, but this was postponed shortly after the terror attack.
Dear Terrorists: you have picked on the wrong city. This is Manchester: we are resilient, we stand together. In the worst of times and the best of times. This is us.
S.V., 29 May 2017.