Metrolink station
A Bombardier M5000 at Cornbrook tram stop in January 2017
LocationCornbrook, Manchester
Coordinates53°28′12″N 2°16′03″W / 53.4700°N 2.2675°W / 53.4700; -2.2675Coordinates: 53°28′12″N 2°16′03″W / 53.4700°N 2.2675°W / 53.4700; -2.2675
Grid referenceSJ823971
Line(s)City Centre
Platforms2 (island)
Other information
StatusIn operation
Fare zone1/2
Opened6 December 1999
(For interchange only)
3 September 2005
(For entry and exit)
Original companyMetrolink
Location within Manchester_Metrolink

Cornbrook tram stop is a tram stop on Greater Manchester's light rail Metrolink system in the Cornbrook area of Manchester, England. It is an interchange station, allowing passenger transfer between the network's Altrincham, Eccles, Airport and South Manchester lines. The station opened on 6 December 1999 for line transfers and allowed street-level entry and exit to the public from 3 September 2005. It takes its name from Cornbrook Road, between the A56 and Pomona Docks on the Manchester Ship Canal, and was built on what was a Cheshire Lines Committee route to Manchester Central railway station. The stop is one of the most used on the Metrolink network.[1]


See also: History of Manchester Metrolink

The stop is named after the now culverted Corn Brook, a tributary of the River Irwell which runs through the area.[2]

The stop opened with the Eccles extension on 6 December 1999 with two through platforms and a Manchester facing bay platform for terminating trams. Cornbrook was unique when opened as there was no access to/from the street, the stop being used for transfer between Bury-Altrincham line trams and Eccles Line trams. This was due to security issues and a low estimated usage.

Because of a rise in the local population due to new residential developments, particularly on Ellesmere Street, the stop's emergency exit staircase to the street was converted into a full passenger entrance/exit, which opened on 3 September 2005. There are plans to relocate the entrance as part of the "Cornbrook Hub" redevelopment.[3]

During August 2009, the track layout was extensively remodelled to accommodate the MediaCityUK tram service and as a result the track was removed from the bay platform reducing the number of platforms to 2. However the infrastructure remains and the platform could be reinstated if the need arises.

This is the second station in this locality as Cornbrook railway station was opened to serve Pomona Gardens on the south side of Cornbrook Road on 1 June 1856 by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR), which runs parallel to the Metrolink at this point. The first station closed on 31 May 1865.


Service pattern

At peak times (07:15 – 19:30 Monday to Friday, 09:30 – 18:30 Saturday):

Offpeak (all other times during operational hours):

Preceding station   Manchester Metrolink   Following station Trafford Bartowards East DidsburyEast Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Shaw and Crompton East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Rochdale Town Centre Trafford Bartowards Manchester AirportManchester Airport – Victoria LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Victoria Manchester Airport – Deansgate-Castlefield LineDeansgate-CastlefieldTerminus Trafford Bartowards AltrinchamAltrincham – Bury LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Bury Altrincham – Piccadilly LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Piccadilly Pomonatowards EcclesEccles – Ashton-under-Lyne LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Ashton-under-Lyne Pomonatowards MediaCityUKMediaCityUK – Ashton-under-Lyne Line Pomonatowards The Trafford CentreTrafford Centre - Cornbrook LineTerminus   Planned extensions   Pomonatowards Port SalfordTrafford Centre LineDeansgate-Castlefieldtowards Crumpsall

Connecting bus routes

Cornbrook station is served by bus services on nearby Chester Road. Stagecoach Manchester service 255 runs to Partington via Stretford and Urmston. Services run to Manchester, terminating at Piccadilly Gardens.[4]



  1. ^ "Transport Statistics Greater Manchester 2017 Public Transport Section". TfGM. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Hidden Manchester Map". Hidden Manchester Map.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.

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