Manchester Transport




Metrolink Trams

The Light
Rapid Transit Tram System

was Manchester’s revolutionary new transport system, which has become
the model for many other similar schemes throughout the UK (Wolverhampton
and Sheffield, for example) and the world.
It is a tram, in that it runs on the streets of Manchester, but it’s
also a train, which joins the conventional rail line at Victoria Station
to become a smart fast commuter system. It acts as a vital link between
Piccadilly and Victoria Stations, which hitherto had no connection,
and travellers had to make the inconvenient trip across town, by foot,
bus or taxi. Its latest extension also links with the line to Altrincham
at the G-Mex Centre and Castlefield.
It has already caused about 10% of commuter motorists to swap their
cars for the ease, comfort and speed of this super efficient, environmentally-friendly
transport system. Tickets are by automated machine, but tickets are
frequently inspected, and this trust system seems to work. It now makes
sense to park out of town and ride in by tram.
The original line ran from Bury to Altrincham and was opened in the
mid-1990s, and has been subsequently extended to Salford Quays and Eccles;
still in the planning stage and in feasibility study is a proposal to
extend a line to the Trafford Retail Park at Dumplington, and to Manchester

Metrolink Tram in Prestwich StationMetrolink Tram crossing Withy Grove in Manchester City CentreMetrolinkTram on Balloon Street ManchesterMetrolink Tram outside the Central Reference Library in St Peters Square
Pulling away from a platform at Victoria StationMetrolink PrestwichManchester Metrolink

Service & Frequency

train/trams run from 6.00am to 11.30pm from Monday to Thursday, and
later until half an hour past midnight from Friday to Sunday evenings.
Trams run at an increased frequency of every six minutes from 7.15am
until 6.30pm on weekdays and Saturdays, and from 10.00am until 5.00pm
at 12 minute intervals on Sundays. Every other tram goes directly to
Piccadilly Mainline Rail Station, except on Sundays when all trams go
via Piccadilly.

Transport Connections to Metrolink

Metrolink trams stops connect directly with bus and coach interchanges
at: Bury, Whitefield, Victoria, Piccadilly, Altrincham and Eccles. A
shuttle bus is available at Stretford Station for a direct link to the
Trafford Centre.
Rail Stations: Metrolink trams have interchanges with mainline
rail stations at: Bury, Victoria, Piccadilly, G-Mex and Altrincham.
Onsite Parking: Available at or adjacent to the following Metrolink
stations: Bury, Radcliffe, Prestwich, Heaton Park, Stretford, Sale,
Brooklands and Navigation Road.

Metrolink Passenger

Address: Metrolink
House, Queens Road, Manchester M8 0RY.
Tel: 0161-205 2000. Fax: 0161-205 8699. Website:

Byelaws &

Metrolink operates
on an honour system. There are no ticket collectors at stations or
on board trams, but Inspectors frequently board at random and there
are hefty fines for anyone travelling without a valid ticket.
No eating, drinking or smoking allowed on any trams of at stations
en route.
No bicycles allowed on trams.
No dogs allowed except guide dogs for the blind and hearing dogs.

& Security

All trams are
fully accessible to wheelchair users from every platform and station.
Special reserved places are available on board for wheelchairs and
for mothers with prams. All trams and station platforms have CCTV
and stations and carriages are constantly monitored by Metrolink
central control on a 24 hour basis.

Tickets &

As an example
of costs, a journey on Metrolink from Bury to Manchester Piccadilly
would cost:
Single = about £3.50 for an adult with concessions for children
and OAPs. Cheap off peak tickets available, as well as weekly, monthly
and annual saver tickets. Peak Time Return (ie. before 9.30am) = £5.00
Off Peak Return (after 9.30am) = £3.50….BUT…prices are liable
to change – please check in advance.
Ticket dispensing machines are available at all train stops and accept
the following coins : 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Notes
are not accepted. Change is given from all machines.
Various discounted and concessionary tickets are available – enquire
directly from Metrolink about Season Tickets, Reduced Fare and Free
Travel, Integrated Tickets (with other rail and bus services), and
Group Tickets.
National Free Bus Pass Holders over 60 years of age travel free off
peak with a valid card, and pay concesionary fares during the morning
rush hour period.
note that prices will (inevitably) have risen since writing, and you
should check before setting out.

Planned Developments

Phase 3 is a proposal
to extend the Metrolink network to even more outlying boroughs and
districts and many are already underway at the time of writing this, including:

  • Oldham/Rochdale
  • Airport
    (via Wythenshawe loop) line
  • Ashton-under-Lyne
  • Stockport
    line via East Didsbury (option – not yet definite)
  • Trafford
    Centre line (option – not yet definite).

See more Phase
3 details at:

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