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Eccles line closure

Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018

What's happening

Work to deliver a bigger and better Metrolink network will result in some upcoming disruption to services on the Eccles line.

The closure is to enable work to take place that will link the new Trafford Park line, currently under construction, with the existing Metrolink network at Pomona.

The line will close for 13 days after the last service on Friday 27 July. This means that there will be no tram services running between Cornbrook and Eccles from Saturday 28 July to Thursday 9 August 2018 (inclusive), while services from Ashton-under-Lyne will terminate at Deansgate-Castlefield.

It will also enable us to work with Metrolink operator KeolisAmey and other partners to carry out additional enhancement works at the same time, reducing the need for future disruption.

The works have been timed to coincide with school summer holidays when, traditionally, fewer people travel on the network. They have also been condensed into a single 13-day closure, preventing disruption over many weekends.

We are working hard to minimise disruption to customers and stakeholders and have taken a number of steps to achieve this. We are keeping media, public and stakeholders updated before, during and after the works and extra staff will also be present in key locations and at key times to answer questions and help people get around.

During the works there will be a full bus replacement operating including additional services during peak times. Please see the section below to find out where you can pick up your replacement bus service.

The travel advice on this page will be continually updated throughout these works and should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier.


Useful documents


General Travel Advice

  • Plan ahead and expect journey times to be increased.
  • Replacement bus services will be in operation along the Eccles line during these works.
  • Please ensure you are familiar with replacement bus departure points before you travel. There will be signage directing passengers to replacement bus services at all affected stops.
  • Please ensure you have a valid Metrolink ticket before you travel.
  • Additional Metrolink staff will be available to help and assist you.
  • Follow @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live and up to date travel information and advice throughout the works.

Replacement Bus Service

A replacement bus service will be in operation along the Eccles line during these works.
The following replacement bus services will run:

  • Piccadilly to Eccles - all stops except Pomona (use Exchange Quay) and Broadway (Use Harbour City or MediaCityUK – 12 minute frequency.
  • Piccadilly to MediaCityUK – all stops except Pomona (use Exchange Quay) - 12 minute frequency 7am – 8pm.
  • Piccadilly to MediaCityUK (Express Service) – Deansgate-Castlefield, Cornbrook, Trafford Bar (towards MediaCityUK only) and MediaCityUK – 12 minute frequency 7.15am – 10am and 4pm – 7pm.

You can find your replacement bus stops during these works here. Please note that during the works, no replacement bus service will be able to serve Pomona (use Exchange Quay) and Broadway (use Harbour City or MediaCityUK). Further maps will be added as soon as we have the information.

Please ensure you purchase your ticket either on the Metrolink stop or using the getmethere app prior to boarding a replacement bus service.


Imperial War Museum North First World War exhibition

27 July 2018 – 24 February 2019

IWM North will be marking the end of the First World War Centenary with an exhibition on Remembrance.
Lest We Forget? will run from Friday 27 July to Sunday 24 February 2019.

The museum will still be fully accessible during the Eccles line works, with a bus replacement service in operation. Click here to find the replacement bus stop locations for MediaCity and other Metrolink stops.

A number of temporary traffic management schemes are also in place close to the museum as work to deliver the new line progresses.

IWMN DIversion Map (June 2018)-1


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolinkfor live travel information throughout the affected days.
  • Helping to raise awareness of the road closures associated with the works by advising people of what they can do to make their journey easier.
  • Liaising with transport operators during the affected days.
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings.