Network Rail has entered into a construction partnership with Amey, Skanska, BAM Nuttall and Siemens to build the Ordsall Chord in Manchester.
The controversial project will link Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly for the first time, helping to deliver faster and more frequent trains as part of a wider programme of work.
The project is part of Network Rail’s several billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan for the north, helping increase connectivity between towns and cities and enabling the Government’s Northern Powerhouse.
The construction of the new curve, which will see Manchester’s historic Liverpool Road station severed from the railway network, was delayed as a result of legal action.
A last-ditch attempt to stop the development was last week dismissed in the London Court of Appeal, giving rail bosses the final green light.