Manchester Interchange
National Rail Manchester Metrolink
Location of the proposed station
LocationDavenport Green, Trafford
Coordinates53°22′15″N 2°17′39″W / 53.3708°N 2.2941°W / 53.3708; -2.2941Coordinates: 53°22′15″N 2°17′39″W / 53.3708°N 2.2941°W / 53.3708; -2.2941
Transit authorityTransport for Greater Manchester
Other information
ClassificationDfT category TBC
Openingc. 2033

Manchester Interchange is a planned High Speed 2 station at Manchester Airport, on the southern boundary of Manchester, England, next to Junction 5 of the M56 motorway on the northern side of the airport 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north-west of Manchester Airport railway station.[1] Manchester Airport is the busiest airport in the UK outside London and offers more destinations than any other British airport. An airport station was recommended by local authorities during the consultation stage.[2][3] The government agreed in January 2013 for an airport station, but only on the basis that private investment was involved, such as funding from the Manchester Airports Group to build the station. The Government approved the scheme in November 2016.[4][5]

If the station is built, journey times from London Euston to Manchester Airport have been estimated at between 59 minutes and 63 minutes.[6][7] Additionally, the high speed service will be less than 10 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly to the Airport – down from 20 minutes at present on the congested Styal Line which is used by a mix of commuter, express and freight services and susceptible to delays.


In 2020, revised plans were released that saw the number of platforms increased from 2 to 4.[8]

Metrolink tram stop

Manchester Interchange
Metrolink station
LocationDavenport Green, Trafford
Coordinates53°22′15″N 2°17′39″W / 53.3708°N 2.2941°W / 53.3708; -2.2941
Other information
StatusProposed station
Manchester Interchange
Manchester Interchange
Location within Manchester_Metrolink

Current proposals for Manchester Interchange do not detail passenger interchange facilities, but indicate that various options are being considered to integrate the new station with existing transport networks, including extending the Manchester Metrolink tram line to serve the HS2 station directly.[9][10]

Transport for Greater Manchester has proposed that the Metrolink Airport Line — which currently terminates at Manchester Airport station — be extended via a new "western loop" around Wythenshawe. This proposed tram line which would cross the M56 via the Thorley Lane Bridge, with an HS2 interchange stop at Davenport Green, before looping around via Wythenshawe Hospital. Local politicians have begun lobbying central government for political support for this extension scheme, which is currently unfunded.[11]

Revised proposals published in 2020 include provision for an east-west tram line that serves this station.[8]


Current service proposals will see five trains per hour north to Manchester Piccadilly, three trains per hour south to Old Oak Common and London Euston (one service additionally calls at Birmingham Interchange), and two trains south to Birmingham Curzon Street. The station is also planned to be an intermediate stop on the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail line.

Preceding station Future services Following station
Crewe   TBA
High Speed 2
  Manchester Piccadilly
Warrington Bank Quay   TBA
Northern Powerhouse Rail
  Manchester Piccadilly
Preceding station   Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Manchester Metrolink   Following station
Manchester Airport Line


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  2. ^ "Council chiefs lobby ministers for TWO high speed rail stations". Manchester Evening News. 22 January 2013. Archived from the original on 18 May 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Manchester Airport may be high-speed rail network hub". Manchester Evening News. 13 March 2011. Archived from the original on 16 March 2011. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ "HS2: North West and Yorkshire routes confirmed". BBC News. 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "High Speed Two: From Crewe to Manchester, the West Midlands to Leeds and beyond" (PDF). DfT. November 2016.
  6. ^ "High Speed Two Phase 2b Strategic Outline Business Case Economic Case" (PDF). p. 32.
  7. ^ Arnett, George (17 March 2014). "How will HS2 change journey times to and from London?". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  8. ^ a b "HS2 Ltd Launches Public Consultation on Proposed Changes to Phase 2b". Railway-News. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Manchester Airport High Speed Station" (PDF). UK Government website. High Speed Two (HS2) Limited. 2013. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 December 2017. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  10. ^ Department for Transport (2013). High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain's Future – Phase Two, the Route to Leeds, Manchester and Beyond. The Stationery Office. p. 38. ISBN 9780101850827. Retrieved 18 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Wythenshawe 'western loop' Metrolink tram line to be proposed". BBC News. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2015.