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Trafford Park Line

A new Metrolink line is on the way

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Trafford's new Metrolink line

A major new Metrolink line is on the way for Trafford, supporting regeneration and economic growth and making it easier than ever to get around by tram.

The £350 million Trafford Park line will have six new tram stops, offering sustainable transport links to some of Greater Manchester’s busiest visitor destinations.

It will also run through Trafford Park, Europe’s largest trading estate and home to more than 1,400 businesses employing over 33,000 people.

Services on the 5.5km route will offer fast, frequent connections to jobs, leisure, shopping and cultural destinations along the route and across the wider tram network.

Trams will run on a largely traffic-free, segregated route, meaning reliable journey times during peak hours and for major sporting, business and cultural events.

Construction work began in late 2016 and services are expected to launch in 2020. Services will run running through Manchester city centre to an improved stop at Crumpsall.


The route

The new line will run from the existing Pomona Metrolink stop, through Trafford Park, terminating at intu Trafford Centre. View the route map.

The 5.5 km route will feature six new tram stops:

  • Wharfside: Next to Manchester Ship Canal and close to Manchester United Football Club.
  • Imperial War Museum North: Positioned by the world-renowned museum with access to MediaCityUK via the existing footbridges.
  • Village: On Village Way, near Village Circle and Third Avenue.
  • Parkway: At the existing Parkway Circle roundabout. The stop will include a Park & Ride with spaces for approximately 200 vehicles.
  • EventCity: By Barton Square and EventCity.
  • Trafford Centre: At intu Trafford Centre, Barton Dock Road.
    *All stop names are subject to confirmation.

Building the new line

Construction work will include all the usual tramway infrastructure, such as tracks, stops, and equipment to hold the overhead lines that power the trams.

Engineering feats along the route will include new structures such as the Pomona Viaduct and the Bridgewater Canal crossing.

Major works will also take place to divert utility services, such as water, gas, electricity and telecommunications, away from the tram route.

There are also some on-highway works as we adapt local roads to keep general traffic running alongside the new tram line.

We are working closely with our contractor, M-Pact Thales, and Trafford Council, to reduce the local impact as far as possible for such a major construction project.

We are committed to keeping good access to local businesses, key destinations and events along the route.


Travel information

Work to build the new six-stop Metrolink line is now under way.

To understand how this may affect your journey in the area, please visit our travel information page.


Keep informed

We will update this page as the project progresses. However, if you have any specific questions, please contact the Metrolink team on 0161 244 1555 (office hours) or email metrolinktpl@tfgm.com

You can also follow #MetrolinkTPL on Twitter and Facebook: TransportforGreaterManchester.

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Local businesses

While construction work will mean some changes to the highway arrangements, we will keep good access to businesses and destinations along the route.

We are in regular and open communication with local business owners in the area.

If you have a query, or you feel you or your business would benefit from a meeting or information event, please contact us at metrolinktpl@tfgm.com


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