Woodlands Road
Metrolink station
Woodlands Road tram stop in 2009
LocationCheetham Hill, Manchester
Coordinates53°30′29″N 2°13′57″W / 53.5081°N 2.2326°W / 53.5081; -2.2326Coordinates: 53°30′29″N 2°13′57″W / 53.5081°N 2.2326°W / 53.5081; -2.2326
Grid referenceSD846013
Line(s)Bury Line
Other information
Fare zoneC
Opened3 March 1913 (1913-03-03)
Closed16 December 2013
Previous namesWoodlands Road Halt
Original companyLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Pre-groupingLancashire and Yorkshire Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
British Rail
Key dates
17 August 1991Closed as a rail station
6 April 1992Conversion to Metrolink operation
after 1923Renamed

Woodlands Road was a tram stop on the Bury Line of the Metrolink system in the Cheetham Hill area of north Manchester, England. It opened in 1913 as a heavy rail station and closed for conversion to light rail in 1991, opening with the new Metrolink system in 1992.

Woodlands Road was the closest station to the Manchester Museum of Transport on Boyle Street. Two new stations opened nearby, (Abraham Moss and Queens Road), which led to the closure of the stop on 16 December 2013.[1]


See also: History of Manchester Metrolink

The original railway line was opened in 1879 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway between Manchester Victoria and Bury.[2] Woodlands Road, Bowker Vale and Besses o' th' Barn stations were added to the line in 1913, in an attempt to fend off growing electric tramway competition in the Cheetham Hill area. The original halt had wooden platforms. The site is near the vanished junction of a former branch line to the chemical works in Blackley.


Map showing the developments to the Metrolink network; two new tram stops opened at Abraham Moss and Queens Road while Woodlands Road closed
Map showing the developments to the Metrolink network; two new tram stops opened at Abraham Moss and Queens Road while Woodlands Road closed

The UK Government announced that £4 million from the Community Infrastructure Fund was awarded to two new stops on the Bury Metrolink line. This was part of £30 million allocated to transport projects to support thousands of extra homes being built across the country over the coming months. The Chairman of the Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority, Councillor Keith Whitmore, stated that the funding would help realise a long-held ambition to open new Metrolink stops in the area.

The two new stops were:


These two new tram stops replaced Woodlands Road station, which was closed on 16 December 2013; the decision provoked some opposition from local residents who campaigned to retain the station.[5]


Woodlands Road was located on the Bury Line with trams towards Bury stopping every 6 minutes between 9:59 am and 4 pm, Mondays to Fridays.[6] with no weekend or evening service. This was due to the opening of the nearby Abraham Moss Metrolink station further north along the Bury line.[7]

Connecting bus routes

Woodlands Road was a Metrolink station that was not served by any bus service. The nearest bus services were the 151, 156 and 165 on Hazelbottom Road or Smedley Road and the 88, 89 and 135 on Cheetham Hill Road.[8]

Woodlands Road railway station in 1989
Woodlands Road railway station in 1989


  1. ^ "New Queens Road Metrolink stop to open". Transport for Greater Manchester.
  2. ^ Hindle, Paul. "Manchester Victoria to Bury: an historical trip on Metrolink" (PDF). Manchester Geographical Society. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  3. ^ "New Queens Road Metrolink stop to open". Metrolink.
  4. ^ "Funding pledged for two new tram stops on the Bury Metrolink line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 9 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Protesters fight to keep Woodlands Road Metrolink stop open". Manchester Evening News. 17 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Metrolink - Tram Times - Woodlands Road". Metrolink / Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 5 May 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  7. ^ "18/04/2011 - Abraham Moss stop opens". Metrolink. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
Preceding station   Manchester Metrolink   Following station   Former services   Victoriatowards AltrinchamAltrincham – Bury LineAbraham Mosstowards Bury Victoriatowards Ashton-under-LyneBury – Ashton-under-Lyne Line