Trafford Park Line

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Trafford Park Line
Start of Trafford Line at Pomona.JPG
Where the new line will start. Provision was made for a future junction with the Trafford Park Line at the end of Pomona tram stop, branching away from the Eccles Line.
Type Tram/Light rail
System Manchester Metrolink
Status Under construction
Locale Manchester
Termini Pomona
Trafford Centre
Stations 6
Website Transport for Greater Manchester
Opened scheduled 2021
Character Reserved track &
street running
Rolling stock M5000
Line length 5.5 km (3.4 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 750 volts DC overhead
Route map
to Crumpsall
Deansgate-Castlefield (National RailDeansgate)
Bridgewater Canal
to Altrincham, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport
Bridgewater Canal
to Eccles, MediaCityUK
Imperial War Museum
Parkway Parking
Bridgewater Canal
Trafford Centre BSicon BUS.svg
Trafford Quays
Manchester Ship Canal
Salford Reds
Port Salford

The Trafford Park Line is a tram line under construction on the Manchester Metrolink network in Greater Manchester, running from Pomona to the Trafford Centre. Its name derives from Trafford Park, an area of the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford and the first planned industrial estate in the world,[1] through which the line will eventually run.


Between July and September 2014, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) conducted a public consultation to build the line.[2][3] In November 2014, TfGM applied for power under the Transport and Works Act 1992 to build and operate the line.[4] In October 2016, power to build the line was granted by the Secretary of State for Transport.[5][6][7][8] Construction commenced in January 2017, and it is expected to be open in 2020/21.[9]

Route description

The line will branch off from the Eccles Line immediately beyond Pomona, where provision was made for a future junction at the south–western end when the viaduct on which it sits was built in the late 1990s. Stops will be built at Wharfside, Imperial War Museum, Village, Parkway, EventCity and the Trafford Centre. Future provision will be made to extend the line to Port Salford.[10]

Crumpsall, situated on the Bury Line, will eventually become the northern terminus for Trafford Park line services. The line will run from Crumpsall (via the Bury line, city zone and Eccles line) to the Trafford Centre on completion. TfGM announced in July 2017 that works would begin at Crumpsall from 31 July 2017 "in preparation for the new Trafford Park line joining the Metrolink network", and expected completion would be in March 2018.[11]

Rolling stock

No new rolling stock will be required to operate the line; it will absorb capacity within the existing M5000 fleet, provision for the line's operation having been made when finalising the number ordered.[12]


  1. ^ Nicholls (1996), p. xiii
  2. ^ Consultation on Manchester Metrolink extension set to begin Rail Technology Magazine 16 June 2014
  3. ^ Trafford Centre Metrolink plans to be discussed BBC News 7 July 2014
  4. ^ "Trafford Park Line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 14 March 2016. 
  5. ^ Metrolink's Trafford Park £350m Tramline Approved BBC News 13 October 2016
  6. ^ Green light for new Trafford Park Metrolink line Metrolink 14 October 2016
  7. ^ Metrolink line to the Trafford Centre will go ahead despite objections from Coronation Street and Manchester United Manchester Evening News 14 October 2016
  8. ^ Powers granted for Manchester Metrolink Trafford Park extension Railway Gazette International 14 October 2016
  9. ^ "Ground broken on Manchester's Trafford Park Line". Global Rail News. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  10. ^ Metrolink future network Transport for Greater Manchester
  11. ^ "Works at Crumpsall Metrolink stop". TfGM. Retrieved 8 Aug 2017. 
  12. ^ TfGM backs Manchester tram-train proposals Railway Gazette International 11 November 2013

External links

  • Official website
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