Cornbrook tram stop, a major interchange on the Metrolink network
Cornbrook tram stop, a major interchange on the Metrolink network
Geographic map of the system
Geographic map of the system

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.[1][2]

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.

List of Metrolink stops

Borough Tram stops
Manchester 42
Trafford 18
Oldham 10
Salford 10
Tameside 7
Bury 6
Rochdale 6
Bolton 0
Stockport 0
Wigan 0
Total 99

Current stops

Correct as of 22 March 2020
Tram stop[3] Photo Line Metropolitan borough District Opened Zone Daily boarders
+ alighters (surveyed)[4]
Change Survey month[4] Notes
Abraham Moss
Bury Line Manchester Cheetham Hill 18 November 2011 2 1,988 Decrease Feb 2018 (Wednesday) For Library and College campus
Altrincham
(National Rail Altrincham)
Altrincham Line Trafford Altrincham 15 June 1992 4 9,408 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday) For Altrincham railway station and Altrincham bus station
Anchorage
Eccles Line Salford Salford Quays 12 June 1999 2 1,407 Decrease Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Ashton Moss
East Manchester Line Tameside Ashton Moss 9 October 2013 3 727 Decrease Nov 2017 (Thursday) For Leisure complex and Snipe retail park
Ashton-under-Lyne
(National Rail Ashton-under-Lyne)
East Manchester Line Tameside Ashton-under-Lyne 9 October 2013 3 2,760 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday) For Ashton-under-lyne bus station and Ashton-under-lyne railway station
Ashton West
East Manchester Line Tameside Ashton Moss 9 October 2013 3 495 Decrease Nov 2017 (Thursday) For Leisure and retail complex and Tameside stadium
Audenshaw
East Manchester Line Tameside Audenshaw 9 October 2013 3 745 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Baguley
Airport Line Manchester Baguley 3 November 2014 3 534 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday) For Roundthorn industrial estate
Barlow Moor Road
Airport Line Manchester Chorlton-cum-Hardy 3 November 2014 2/3 1,079 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Barton Dock Road
Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 22 March 2020 3 For EventCity and the Trafford centre
Benchill
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 1,368 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday) For Benchill health centre and sixth form college
Besses o' th' Barn
Bury Line Bury Besses o' th' Barn 6 April 1992 3 2,709 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Bowker Vale
Bury Line Manchester Bowker Vale 6 April 1992 2/3 2,235 Decrease Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Broadway
Eccles Line Salford Salford Quays 12 June 1999 3 1,161 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Brooklands
Altrincham Line Trafford Brooklands 15 June 1992 3/4 4,468 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Burton Road
South Manchester Line Manchester Withington 23 May 2013 3 2,328 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Bury
Bury Line Bury Bury 6 April 1992 4 11,864 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Cemetery Road
East Manchester Line Tameside Droylsden 8 February 2013 3 705 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Central Park
Oldham and Rochdale Line Manchester Newton Heath 13 June 2012 2 1,225 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Chorlton
South Manchester Line Manchester Chorlton 7 July 2011 2 4,440 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Clayton Hall
East Manchester Line Manchester Clayton 8 February 2013 2 991 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Cornbrook
Altrincham Line/Zone 1 Manchester St George's 6 December 1999 1/2 12,562 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday) The tram station that serves the most lines (7)
Crossacres
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 684 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Crumpsall
Bury Line Manchester Crumpsall 6 April 1992 2 2,428 Decrease Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Dane Road
Altrincham Line Trafford Sale, Greater Manchester 15 June 1992 3 1,308 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Deansgate-Castlefield
(National Rail Deansgate)
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 27 April 1992 1 12,708 Increase Oct 2017 (Wednesday) Formerly G-Mex Metrolink station (1992–2010). A third platform was added in 2015
Derker
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Derker 16 December 2012 3/4 2,227 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Didsbury Village
South Manchester Line Manchester Didsbury 23 May 2013 3 2,232 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Droylsden
East Manchester Line Tameside Droylsden 8 February 2013 3 1,339 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
East Didsbury
(National Rail East Didsbury)
South Manchester Line Manchester Didsbury 23 May 2013 3 3,217 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Eccles
(National Rail Eccles)
Eccles Line Salford Eccles 21 July 2000 2 2,793 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Edge Lane
East Manchester Line Tameside Droylsden 8 February 2013 2/3 1,477 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Etihad Campus
East Manchester Line Manchester Etihad Campus 8 February 2013 2 1,488 Decrease Nov 2017 (Thursday) For Etihad Stadium
Exchange Quay
Eccles Line Salford Salford Quays 12 June 1999 2 3,459 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Exchange Square
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 6 December 2015 1 6,061 Increase Oct 2017 (Wednesday) For Manchester Arndale
Failsworth
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Failsworth 13 June 2012 3 1,434 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Firswood
South Manchester Line Trafford Firswood 7 July 2011 2 1,523 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Freehold
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Chadderton 13 June 2012 3 1,753 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Harbour City
Eccles Line Salford Salford Quays 12 June 1999 2 1,687 Decrease Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Heaton Park
Bury Line Bury Prestwich 6 April 1992 3 2,903 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday) For Heaton Park
Hollinwood
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Hollinwood 13 June 2012 3 1,378 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Holt Town
East Manchester Line Manchester Holt Town 8 February 2013 2 553 Decrease Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Imperial War Museum
Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 22 March 2020 2
Kingsway Business Park
Oldham and Rochdale Line Rochdale Firgrove 28 February 2013 4 689 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Ladywell
Eccles Line Salford Ladywell 12 June 1999 2 1,573 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Langworthy
Eccles Line Salford Langworthy 12 June 1999 2 1,239 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Manchester Airport
(National Rail Airport railway station
Airport interchange Manchester Airport)
Airport Line Manchester Ringway 3 November 2014 4 1,668 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Market Street
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 27 April 1992 1 10,088 Decrease Oct 2017 (Wednesday)
Martinscroft
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 1,151 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
MediaCityUK
Eccles Line (spur) Salford MediaCityUK 20 September 2010 2 3,632 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Milnrow
Oldham and Rochdale Line Rochdale Milnrow 28 February 2013 4 1,362 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Monsall
Oldham and Rochdale Line Manchester Monsall 13 June 2012 2 700 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Moor Road
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 3 1,211 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Navigation Road
Altrincham Line Trafford Altrincham 15 June 1992 4 3,559 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
New Islington
Zone 1 Manchester New Islington 8 February 2013 1 2,128 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Newbold
Oldham and Rochdale Line Rochdale Newbold 28 February 2013 4 1,457 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Newhey
Oldham and Rochdale Line Rochdale Newhey 28 February 2013 4 667 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Newton Heath and Moston
Oldham and Rochdale Line Manchester Newton Heath 13 June 2012 2/3 1,254 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Northern Moor
Airport Line Manchester Northern Moor 3 November 2014 3 1,501 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Old Trafford
Altrincham Line Trafford Old Trafford 15 June 1992 2 3,406 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday) For Old Trafford Cricket Ground & Old Trafford
Oldham Central
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Oldham 27 January 2014 3 2,683 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Oldham King Street
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Oldham 27 January 2014 3 2,830 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Oldham Mumps
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Oldham 27 January 2014 3 2,090 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Parkway
Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 22 March 2020 2/3
Peel Hall
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 607 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Piccadilly
(National Rail Piccadilly)
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 20 July 1992 1 15,405 Decrease Oct 2017 (Wednesday)
Piccadilly Gardens
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 27 April 1992 1 13,303 Increase Oct 2017 (Wednesday)
Pomona
Eccles Line Trafford Pomona Docks 12 June 1999 2 174 Decrease Jan 2018 (Wednesday) Least used metrolink station
Prestwich
Bury Line Bury Prestwich 6 April 1992 3 4,204 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Queens Road
Bury Line Manchester Cheetham Hill 16 December 2013 2 1,214 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Radcliffe
Bury Line Bury Radcliffe 6 April 1992 4 5,491 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Robinswood Road
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 331 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Rochdale Railway Station
(National Rail Rochdale)
Oldham and Rochdale Line Rochdale Rochdale 28 February 2013 4 1,322 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Rochdale Town Centre
Oldham and Rochdale Line Rochdale Rochdale 31 March 2014 4 2,546 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday) for Rochdale interchange and number one riverside
Roundthorn
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 3/4 1,635 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Sale
Altrincham Line Trafford Sale 15 June 1992 3 5,714 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Sale Water Park
Airport Line Trafford Sale Water Park 3 November 2014 3 525 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Salford Quays
Eccles Line Salford Salford Quays 12 June 1999 2 1,618 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
Shadowmoss
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 654 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Shaw & Crompton
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Shaw & Crompton 16 December 2012 4 3,330 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Shudehill
(Shudehill Interchange)
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 31 March 2003 1 3,349 Decrease Oct 2017 (Wednesday) For Manchester Arndale and bus services across manchester.
South Chadderton
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Chadderton 13 June 2012 3 1,516 Decrease Jan 2018 (Thursday)
St Peter's Square
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 27 April 1992 1 25,021 Increase Oct 2017 (Wednesday) The stop closed from 28 June 2015 – 28 August 2016 for re-development and was transformed into a four-platform interchange
St Werburgh's Road
South Manchester Line Manchester Chorlton-cum-Hardy 7 July 2011 2/3 2,426 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Stretford
Altrincham Line Trafford Stretford 15 June 1992 2/3 4,232 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
The Trafford Centre
Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 22 March 2020 3
Timperley
Altrincham Line Trafford Timperley 15 June 1992 4 3,757 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Trafford Bar
Altrincham Line Trafford Old Trafford 15 June 1992 2 5,716 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Velopark
East Manchester Line Manchester Clayton 8 February 2013 2 1,417 Increase Nov 2017 (Thursday)
Victoria
(National Rail Manchester Victoria)
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 6 April 1992 1 12,621 Decrease Oct 2017 (Wednesday) The stop was redeveloped from 2 platforms to 4 over 2014–15
Village
Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 22 March 2020 2
Weaste
Eccles Line Salford Weaste 12 June 1999 2 1,256 Increase Jan 2018 (Wednesday)
West Didsbury
South Manchester Line Manchester Didsbury 23 May 2013 3 1,479 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Westwood
Oldham and Rochdale Line Oldham Oldham 27 January 2014 3 1,494 Increase Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Wharfside
Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 22 March 2020 2
Whitefield
Bury Line Bury Whitefield 6 April 1992 3/4 4,539 Increase Feb 2018 (Wednesday)
Withington
South Manchester Line Manchester Withington 23 May 2013 3 917 Increase Sep 2017 (Thursday)
Wythenshawe Park
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 3 1,125 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)
Wythenshawe Town Centre
Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe 3 November 2014 4 2,202 Increase Dec 2017 (Wednesday)

Former stops

Stop Photo Line(s)[*] Metropolitan borough District Closed Notes
High Street
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 10 August 1998 Closed in 1998 due to car traffic requirements on High Street
Mosley Street
Zone 1 Manchester Manchester city centre 18 May 2013 Closed in 2013 due to insufficient capacity with the opening of new Metrolink lines. More services created a bottleneck and trams at this stop would frequently hold-up trams behind so the stop was removed.
Woodlands Road
Altrincham-Bury Manchester Cheetham Hill 16 December 2013 Closed due to opening of Queens Road stop nearby

Fictional stops

Stop Photo Line(s)[*] Metropolitan borough District First seen Notes
Weatherfield North Eccles Salford Weatherfield 20 April 2018 A fictional tram stop introduced into the Granada Television soap opera Coronation Street in 2018. The set is located at the Coronation Street set in MediaCityUK[5]

Map

Future

Proposed

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.[6]

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.[7][8]

Stop[3] Line(s)[*] Metropolitan
borough
District Planned
opening
Notes
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
Sandhills Bury Line Manchester Collyhurst
Stockport Interchange Stockport Line Stockport Stockport
Trafford Quays Trafford Park Line Trafford Trafford Park 2020s
Wythenshawe Hospital Wythenshawe Loop Manchester Wythenshawe 2033

Cancelled

Some stops were planned along new lines but were eventually dropped.

Stop[3] Line(s)[*] Metropolitan
borough
District Metrolink
Zone
Planned
opening
Notes
Drake Street Oldham-Rochdale Line Rochdale Rochdale
Hardy Farm Airport Line Manchester Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Haveley Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe
Hough End Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe
Woodhouse Park Airport Line Manchester Wythenshawe

Platforms

Metrolink tram stops have between one and four platforms, though most (92) have two platforms. Some are island platforms allowing easier transfers between services.

Platforms Stops
4 St Peter's Square,
Victoria
3 Deansgate-Castlefield,
Shaw and Crompton
2 All other stops
1 Eccles,
Navigation Road,
Newton Heath and Moston

See also

References

  1. ^ Metrolink.co.uk. "Airport line". Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2014.
  2. ^ Guardian (2 November 2014). "Manchester Metrolink line opens more than a year ahead of schedule". TheGuardian.com. Retrieved 3 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Metrolink – Stop Information". Manchester Metrolink. TfGM. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Transport Statistics Greater Manchester 2017 Public Transport Section - Metrolink survey start of service until 7pm". TfGM. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  5. ^ Bourne, Dianne (12 March 2018). "First look at Coronation Street's new street". men. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Wythenshawe 'western loop' Metrolink tram line to be proposed". BBC News. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Metolink Network" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011.
  8. ^ https://www.gmcameetings.co.uk/download/meetings/id/4048/9_gm_2040_transport_delivery_plan/[bare URL]