- Jun 11, 2011
This is basically what the club would be working with here. Though they own the freight terminal there's probably a long lease on it and it's not something that could be easily relocated.Admittedly, I am not an engineer but I don't think you would need the whole area of the terminal. Between W3 and W2, some of the freight terminal and the United road area, you probably have to mainly destroy buildings in the terminal rather than the lines. You could even switch some warehousing to W3 if there's space.
If you build horizontal to the canal, and use the most modern techniques, you should be able to build a new stadium. Admittedly it won't look anything like Old Trafford does now, probably have to go for the generic domed egg to maximise the space.
Even if the Stretford End needed to be demolished, it's not unprecedented. As you know, it was unavailable during the early 90s during the last major development. The other three stands could continue to be used until the new stadium is complete.
I think the only alternative would be to find a solution that effectively involves 'lifting' Old Trafford and moving it away from the railway line. I think any idea of building over the railway line is far fetched.