Metrolink Manchester Airport Extension :: Shared Description

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 ½ 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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by David Dixon
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SJ8090 : Site for Wythenshawe Park Metrolink Station by David Dixon
SJ8293 : St Werburgh's Road Metrolink station by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8386 : Metrolink Airport Line, Tram at Peel Hall by David Dixon
SJ8387 : Metrolink Airport Line Approaching Crossacres by David Dixon
SJ8385 : Metrolink Manchester Airport Line, Shadowmoss (Outbound) by David Dixon
SJ8092 : Metrolink Airport Line, Mersey Valley by David Dixon
SJ8386 : Peel Hall Tram Stop by Gerald England
SJ8090 : Northern Moor tram stop by Gerald England
SJ8090 : Metrolink Airport Line, Wythenshawe Park by David Dixon
SJ8092 : Sale Water Park Tram Stop, Metrolink Airport Line by David Dixon
SJ8288 : Tram entering Hollyhedge Road by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8292 : Barlow Moor Road tram stop by Gerald England
SJ8185 : Metrolink Construction at Manchester Airport Station by David Dixon
SJ8297 : Tram on Test, Cornbrook by David Dixon
SJ8088 : Baguley Metrolink Stop, The Airport Line by David Dixon
SJ8386 : Peel Hall Tram Stop by Gerald England
SJ8090 : Northern Moor Metrolink Stop, Outbound Platform by David Dixon
SJ8292 : Metrolink Tram at Barlow Moor Road by David Dixon
SJ8089 : Moor Road Metrolink Stop, Inbound by David Dixon
SJ8188 : Tram approaching Martinscroft by Alan Murray-Rust
SJ8292 : Barlow Moor Road Tram Stop by Gerald England
SJ8092 : Tram Leaving Sale Water park by David Dixon
SJ8285 : Diving under the road by DS Pugh
SJ8385 : Shadowmoss Tram Stop (Inbound) by David Dixon
SJ8385 : Manchester Airport Tramlink by DS Pugh

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Created: Thu, 6 Nov 2014, Updated: Sat, 15 Nov 2014

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