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PICCADILLY looking towards Piccadilly Gardens is seen here from the Gateway House balcony. The temperature in Manchester today, Friday 25 August, is 29 degrees celsius. 84 fahrenheit).

A Stagecoach 192 bus bound for Stockport waits at the traffic lights on the left. During redevelopment work in Piccadilly, bus stops have been moved to the surrounding streets - the 192 has departed from temporary bus stops further up the street on the right.

PICCADILLY is a busy walking route from the city to Piccadilly Station. Here we see crowds waiting at the pedestrian crossing at Ducie Street.

Property developers Bruntwood have mounted a time and temperature sign on the front of their office property, 111 Piccadilly, formerly Rodwell Tower (built 1962). The display tells us that the temperature in Manchester today is 29 degrees celsius, that's 84 degrees fahrenheit.

The spell of hot weather was followed the next day by thunderstorms and clouds.

MAYFIELD STATION was opened in 1915 as an 'overspill' station for London Road, which had reached its full capacity.

Mayfield remained in use until the 1950's, when it closed for passenger use. It was used as a goods and parcel depot for many years, but is currently standing idle. The derelict interior was used in the drama Prime Suspect 5 as one of the places where thoroughly unpleasant drug dealer "The Street" did some nasty things to his victims.

Local railway writer Eddie Johnson tells me that Mayfield Station may be put back into use again, as Piccadilly Station is again running out of capacity - Either it will be a terminus, as it was before, or lines will be extended through the station and join up with the existing line to Oxford Road.

PICCADILLY STATION is about to be transformed by a new redevelopment, the first since 1960.

The main entrance will be moved from the top of Piccadilly Station Approach to the other side of the station on Fairfield Street, which we see here in this picture.

Large amounts of currently unused space in the station's vast undercroft will be turned into a state of the art passenger terminal.

Work has already started on the conversion (today's date 25 August 2000). The new terminal should be ready for the 2002 Games.

Keep visiting Eyewitness in Manchester to see how the work is progressing.

LONDON ROAD, seen here, was also the name of the station which in 1960 became Manchester Piccadilly.

Here we see the surviving 19th century building facades. It looks as though the red brick buildings in the centre and right will have to go to make way for the new passenger entrance.

However, a unique parcel station frontage in beige stone, similar to the 1830 railway station on the other side of the city centre, will, I understand, be retained.

London Road Station opened to passengers in 1842.

As we can see, Manchester is developing into a different city from the one we knew - In my opinion, too much of the city's historic character is being lost - the mistakes of the 1960's are being repeated - But the trend seems to be unstoppable. Keep visiting this website to monitor the changes.

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