A suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena late on Monday night that killed at least 22 people and left many more injured, has closed Manchester Victoria rail station until at least the end of the day (Tuesday).
In a statement, Manchester Arena said the incident took place in the public space outside the venue as people left a concert by Ariana Grande.
Greater Manchester Police said on Tuesday morning that the attack was carried out by one man, who they believe was carrying an improvised explosive device, which he detonated, killing himself and many others.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham after his statement
People were advised on Tuesday morning to avoid the Manchester Arena area, which includes. Manchester Victoria. According to the National Rail website, the station will remain closed until at least the end of Tuesday, with trains no operating. Trains will be diverted or cancelled or start / terminate at alternative stations.
Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: ‘There remains a large cordon in place around Manchester Arena and Victoria train station which will be in place for some time. The station will remain closed while a detailed forensic search is underway. People should plan their route to work and follow Transport for Greater Manchester for updates on social media.'
Transport for Greater Manchester said all modes of transport are affected but that it is 'determined to keep Manchester moving during this difficult time'.
Andy Burnham, the new mayor of Greater Manchester, said: ’Today it will be business as usual as far as possible in our great city.’
He thanked ‘the hundreds of police, fire and ambulance staff who worked through the night in the most difficult circumstances imaginable’, as well as the people of Manchester.
He said: ‘Even in the minutes after the attack, they opened their doors to strangers and drove them away from danger.’
It has been reported that local taxi drivers at the scene of the atrocity were offering free lifts to people stranded by the chaos that followed the attack.
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