SJ8185 : Metrolink Construction at Manchester Airport Station

taken 6 years ago, near to Manchester Airport, Manchester, Great Britain

Metrolink Construction at Manchester Airport Station
Metrolink Construction at Manchester Airport Station
Construction work for the new Metrolink terminus alongside the existing railway station at Manchester Airport. The 9 mile-extension to the Metrolink network will leave the South Manchester Line after the St Werburgh’s Road stop in Chorlton and create a new route to Wythenshawe and Manchester Airport for communities along the route who are not currently served by either tram or train. The line is due to open in 2016 and will provide a tram every 12 minutes between Manchester Airport and Manchester City Centre.
Manchester Airport :: SJ8285
Manchester Airport lies approximately 8˝ miles to the south west of Manchester city centre. It is the largest, and busiest, airport in the UK outside the London area. The airport comprises three terminals and a goods terminal and provides flights to over 200 destinations. It is the only British airport other than London Heathrow to operate two runways over 3,000 m (9,843 ft) in length.

The airport officially opened (as Ringway Airport) in 1938. During the war, it was called RAF Ringway and, between 1975 and 1986, Manchester International Airport. It is owned and managed by the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) which is a holding company owned by the ten metropolitan borough councils of Greater Manchester. The airport has good transport links and is served by the M56 motorway and by Manchester Airport railway station which provides extensive rail connections. The Metrolink tramway extension opened in November 2014, providing a tram link between the airport and the city centre.
Metrolink Manchester Airport Extension
The 9 miles Metrolink extension to Manchester Airport leaves the South Manchester Line after the St Werburgh’s Road stop in Chorlton and travels along Mauldeth Road West to Sale Water Park via Hardy Lane, creating a new route to the south. After crossing the M60, the line travels via Northern Moor, Baguley and Wythenshawe to Manchester Airport, with a 300-space Park and Ride site at Sale Water Park

The line has 14 new stops at Barlow Moor Road, Sale Water Park, Northern Moor, Wythenshawe Park, Moor Road, Baguley, Roundthorn, Martinscroft, Benchill, Crossacres, Wythenshawe Town Centre, Robinswood Road, Peel Hall, Shadowmoss before terminating at the existing transport interchange at Manchester Airport (called simply “The Station”).

Several major purpose-built structures have been built as part of the programme, including a viaduct over the Mersey Valley, two new bridges over the M60 and M56, and the Ringway Road dual carriageway and underpass at Manchester Airport.

Shadow running took place from Monday 20 October when test trams ran out of service between Cornbrook and the airport (SJ8297 : Airport Tram at Cornbrook) and the line opened to passengers on 3 November 2014, more than a year ahead of schedule. Initially, services will run between Manchester Airport and Cornbrook until new lines have been installed in the city centre.

The new line brings the size of the Metrolink network to 57 ˝ miles, serving 92 stops, bigger than any comparable system in the UK, including the Docklands light railway in London. Another line out to the Trafford Centre shopping mall via Trafford Park industrial estate and the Imperial War Museum is planned and construction of a second city-centre crossing to ease peak time congestion is already in progress.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 7 November, 2013   (more nearby)
Saturday, 9 November, 2013
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Roads, Road transport  Construction, Development 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8197 8541 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:21.9149N 2:16.3446W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8193 8540
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