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.
TypeTram/Light rail
SystemManchester Metrolink
StatusUnder construction
Trafford Centre
WebsiteTransport for Greater Manchester
Openedscheduled 2021
CharacterReserved track &
street running
Rolling stockM5000
Line length5.5 km (3.4 mi)
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification750 volts DC overhead
Route map

Deansgate-Castlefield (National Rail
Bridgewater Canal
Bridgewater Canal
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, England, 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]


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.[9][10]

Route description[edit]

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.[11]

Crumpsall, 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 for this section would be in March 2018.[12]

Rolling stock[edit]

27 new trams are on order to operate the line; these are of the same M5000 type but will incorporate modifications made to the existing fleet including new touch screen Vecom units for drivers.


  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.
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  11. ^ Metrolink future network Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine Transport for Greater Manchester
  12. ^ "Works at Crumpsall Metrolink stop". TfGM. Retrieved 8 August 2017.

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