City leaders in Greater Manchester have welcomed the reopening of Victoria Station following last week’s horrific terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.
The station, which has been shut since the incident on Monday 22 May, will reopen from today (Tuesday 30 May) – with Northern, Trans Pennine Express and Metrolink operating a full timetable of services.
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “We continue to grieve with the families of those who died, and support those injured. I've been clear that all public bodies must take a families-first approach in the days, months and years ahead to ensure their needs and wishes are fully understood and considered.
“Victoria station's reopening is an important statement about our city's recovery from this devastating attack. It continues to send out the message that we will not be bowed, we will not be divided, and we will stand together.”
The opening of the station, following the lifting of the police cordon, means full timetabled Metrolink and rail services will resume across the network. To find out more passengers should check with their rail operator, at www.tfgm.com or on the National Rail Enquiries website.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: "This has been an incredibly difficult week for Manchester and everyone affected by the attack. Our thoughts remain very much with the families and friends at this time.
"The re-opening of Victoria Station, a major transport hub, is a symbolic moment in the recovery process as the city shows its defiance and resilience by moving forwards. I would like to pay tribute to the hard work of the emergency services and railway staff, many of whom were among the first on the scene of last week's devastating events, to return the station to use."
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