Queens Road will become the latest stop available to passengers on the network when it opens on Monday 16 December.
As well as providing a bright and modern facility for customers, the new stop will also improve access to the Metrolink system for nearby residents travelling into Manchester and provide important new infrastructure to support continued housing growth in surrounding neighbourhoods.
The stop will also benefit customers travelling to cultural and leisure attractions that include the Irish World Heritage Centre and the Manchester Museum of Transport, as well as major retailers and restaurants situated at the Manchester Fort.
The Woodlands Road stop will close on the same date, after a Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) assessment concluded that it was one of the least used stops on the network and suffering from poor local access.
A public consultation was held on the closure of the stop by the Department for Transport (DfT) in December 2010. Following consideration of the responses and confirmation of planning permission for the Queens Road stop in February this year, the DfT agreed to a permanent closure.
Chair of the TfGM Committee, Councillor Andrew Fender, said: “The opening of the new Queens Road stop is fantastic news which will benefit the area with a more convenient stop, improving transport links to and from the city centre.
“With the opening of the Abraham Moss stop in April 2011, we are confident that more people are now benefitting from stops being located closer to where they live and alongside key services and community facilities.
“Furthermore, I know that passengers will benefit from the improved environment at these stops, which are fully accessible, well lit and have full CCTV coverage.”
For more information on Metrolink services, visit www.metrolink.co.uk or call 0161 205 2000.