They are at the beginning and end of the working day for many, railway stations are places millions of people pass through day after day in the UK, but few actually pay attention to their surroundings or give any consideration to the history and development of these magnificent buildings. Even fewer look at the design, engineering and architecture of some of the best public buildings constructed in Britain over the past 200 years. Great British Railway Stations takes a look at a selection of the finest railway stations in the United Kingdom. Manchester's principal station was originally opened on 8 May 1842 and was initially known as Store Street station and as Bank Top station. It was renamed London Road station in 1847. During the early 1880s the whole of the station was enlarged. London Road station then operated as two independent sides, separated by formidable iron railings located where platform 5 now is even after nationalization London Road station was renamed to its present name of Manchester Piccadilly when it was rebuilt, reopening in 1960. The station underwent further changes in 2001-2002 when the station was rebuilt in preparation for the 2002 Commonwealth Games. The modern structure has been carefully blended with the Grade II listed train shed.