Manchester Metrolink

The Metrolink is a tram network servicing the Greater Manchester area, specifically Manchester, Salford Quays, Bury, Altrincham, and Eccles. It is owned by the Transport for Greater Manchester and operated by RATP.

Current Routes

Metrolink trams currently run along 6 routes

Piccadilly – Altrincham

Piccadilly – Piccadilly Gardens –Mosley Street – St Peter’s Square – Deansgate-Castlefield (formerly GMEX) – Cornbrook – Trafford Bar – Old Trafford – Stretford – Dane Road – Sale – Brooklands – Timperley – Navigation Road – Altrincham

Bury – Altrincham

Bury – Radcliffe – Whitefield – Besses o’th’ Barn – Prestwich – Heaton Park – Bowker Vale – Crumpsall – Abraham Moss – Woodlands Road – Victoria – Shudehill – Market Street – Mosley Street – St Peter’s Square – Deansgate-Castlefield (formerly GMEX) – Cornbrook – Trafford Bar – Old Trafford – Stretford – Dane Road – Sale – Brooklands – Timperley – Navigation Road – Altrincham

Bury – Piccadilly

Bury – Radcliffe – Whitefield – Besses o’th’ Barn – Prestwich – Heaton Park – Bowker Vale – Crumpsall – Abraham Moss – Woodlands Road – Victoria – Shudehill – Market Street – Piccadilly Gardens – Piccadilly

Piccadilly – Eccles

Piccadilly – Piccadilly Gardens – Mosley Street – St Peter’s Square – Deansgate-Castlefield (formerly GMEX) – Cornbrook – Pomona – Exchange Quay – Salford Quays – Anchorage – Harbour City – Broadway – Langworthy – Weaste – Ladywell – Eccles

Cornbrook – MediaCityUK

Cornbrook – Pomona – Exchange Quay – Salford Quays – Anchorage – Harbour City– MediaCityUK

Victoria – St Werburgh’s Road

The first stage of the South Manchester Line Metrolink extension (see below) is now open.

Victoria – Shudehill – Market Street – Mosley Street – St Peter’s Square – Deansgate-Castlefield (formerly GMEX) – Cornbrook – Trafford Bar – Firswood – Chorlton – St Werburgh’s Road

Connections

Connections to the national rail system are located at Piccadilly, Victoria, Deansgate-Castlefield, Altrincham, and Navigation Road.

Passengers that have purchased a train ticket to Manchester city centre from any train station in Greater Manchester can travel on the trams for free within the City Zone. The City Zone includes the following stations: Deansgate-Castlefield, St Peter’s Square, Mosley Street, Piccadilly Gardens, Piccadilly, Market Street, Shudehill, and Victoria.

Tickets

Tickets are purchased from machines located at each station. Machines accept coins (though not 1p or 2p coins), notes (£5, £10, £20), plus debit and credit cards. Change is given.

Cheaper off-peak fares apply after 9.30 am on weekdays, and all day on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Accompanied children under 5 enjoy free travel while children aged 5 – 16 pay reduced price child fares (proof of age required for children over 11).

Passengers must have purchased a ticket or pass before boarding a tram.

Metrolink Extension

Developments planned or underway include:

South Manchester Line

Victoria – St Peter’s Square – Deansgate-Castlefield – Cornbrook – Trafford Bar – Firswood – Chorlton – St Werburgh’s Road – Withington – Burton Road – West Didsbury – Didsbury Village – East Didsbury

The section of the line between Victoria and St Werburgh’s Road is now open. The section between Withington and East Didsbury is expected to be operational by summer 2013.

Oldham and Rochdale Line

The extension to Oldham and Rochdale is expected to be fully operational by 2014.

East Manchester Line

Piccadilly Gardens – Piccadilly – New Islington – Hold Town – Eastlands City Stadium – Velopark – Clayton Hall – Edge Lane – Cemetery Road – Droylsden – Audenshaw – Ashton Moss – Ashton West – Ashton-under-Lyne

The section of the East Manchester line to Droylsden is expected to open in summer 2012. The remainder of the line is scheduled to open by 2014.

Manchester Airport Line

A 9 mile extension from St Werburgh’s Road to Manchester Airport is due for completion in 2016.

View of a Metrolink tram travelling though Manchester city centre