Since opening in 1992, the Manchester Metrolink light-rail/tram system has grown to a network of 99 tram stops.
The system opened in April 1992 with 20 tram stops with routes radiating from Manchester Victoria to Bury and Manchester Piccadilly to Altrincham. Phase 2 extended the network to Eccles with 12 new tram stops and a new interchange at Cornbrook was built in 1999. Phase 3a involved the construction of 36 new stops and new lines to Rochdale via Oldham, Tameside and East Didsbury. The first stops as part of Phase 3a opened in 2011 and the final stop opened in 2014. A new 9 miles (14 km) line to Manchester Airport became operational in November 2014 – 12 months ahead of schedule.
The network consists of over 62 miles (100 km) of track, making it the largest tram system in the United Kingdom and second only to the London Underground in terms of an urban commuter network. As of 2020, upon the completion of the Trafford Park Line, the Metrolink system has 99 stops. Primary future proposals include tram-trains to Bolton and Wigan and an extension from East Didsbury to Stockport.
The proposed Manchester Interchange for the High Speed 2 extension to Manchester is expected to be connected to Manchester Airport by a newly constructed Wythenshawe Loop.
Buckley Wells, Elton Reservoir and Sandhills have been proposed as additional stops on the Bury Line, as well as Cop Road on the Oldham and Rochdale Line.
|Buckley Wells||Bury Line||Bury||Buckley Wells|
|Cop Road||Oldham and Rochdale Line||Oldham||Moorside|
|Davenport Green||Wythenshawe Loop||Manchester||Wythenshawe||2033|
|Elton Reservoir||Bury Line||Bury||Fishpool|
|Gorsey Bank||Stockport Line||Stockport||Stockport|
|Heaton Mersey||Stockport Line||Heaton Mersey||Stockport|
|Kings Reach||Stockport Line||Stockport||Stockport|
|Manchester Interchange||Wythenshawe Loop||Trafford||Davenport Green||2033|
|Newall Green||Wythenshawe Loop||Manchester||Wythenshawe||2033|
|Port Salford||Trafford Park Line||Salford||Barton-upon-Irwell||2020s|
|Salford Reds||Trafford Park Line||Salford||Barton-upon-Irwell||2020s|
|Stockport Interchange||Stockport Line||Stockport||Stockport|
|Trafford Quays||Trafford Park Line||Trafford||Trafford Park||2020s|
|Wythenshawe Hospital||Wythenshawe Loop||Manchester||Wythenshawe||2033|
Some stops were planned along new lines but were eventually dropped.
|Drake Street||Oldham-Rochdale Line||Rochdale||Rochdale|
|Hardy Farm||Airport Line||Manchester||Chorlton-cum-Hardy|
|Hough End||Airport Line||Manchester||Wythenshawe|
|Woodhouse Park||Airport Line||Manchester||Wythenshawe|
Metrolink tram stops have between one and four platforms, though most (92) have two platforms. Some are island platforms allowing easier transfers between services.
|4||St Peter's Square,|
Shaw and Crompton
|2||All other stops|
Newton Heath and Moston