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Manchester Victoria will have no functioning lifts until January

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One of Manchester's busiest train stations will have no lifts in operation over the Christmas period, outraging disability campaigners.

Manchester Victoria's three lifts will be out of order until mid-January, meaning that disabled passengers will have to be carried up stairs at the station on a StairMaster.

Network rail say they are reviewing how they carry out lift repairs in future but disability campaigners have said the simple solution is to keep one lift open.

A statement on behalf of Network Rail and Northern said: “We have to make the lifts at Manchester Victoria more reliable because unexpected breakdowns are hugely frustrating and inconvenient for passengers.

"However, we understand how disruptive upgrading all of the lifts at once has been and we’re reviewing how we plan projects like this in the future.

“We’d urge anyone who requires extra assistance during the upgrade work until January to book assisted travel by calling 0800 138 5560."

  • Elaine Willcox has this report: