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Metrolink has 37 stops. Broadly speaking they can be divided into three groups—former BR stations on the Phase One lines to Altrincham and Bury, original new-build stops on the Phase One lines in the city centre and new-build stops on the Phase Two line to Eccles (plus Shudehill, opened 2003; and Market Street, rebuilt 1998).

Information board ex BR stop

All stops have Passenger Information Displays and information boards, which include timetables and faretables. Shelters are a mixture of the original station structures (in some cases, BR-era bus stop-style shelters inherited from British Rail), and newer shelters to the same design as contemporary bus shelters in the Greater Manchester PTE area.

Former BR stations on the Bury and Altrincham lines have changed little since BR days—the full-length platforms, built to take trains several carriages long, remain although at many stations only that part needed for two-unit Metrolink services is maintained. The platforms are at main line railway height from the track, and many station buildings from BR days remain although at some stops buildings have been demolished. Many stops retain their booking hall, with a ticket window permanently closed with a roller shutter, and Metrolink ticket machines installed. Metrolink-style signs and paintwork are often the only alterations from the BR era.

Platform shelter Platform shelter

Original stops in the city centre (Victoria, Piccadilly Gardens, Piccadilly, Mosley Street, St. Peter's Square and G-Mex) consist of platforms long enough for two-unit Metrolink services. At on-street stops the platforms gently ramp up at either end, and are to some extent part of the footpath. Because of its situation underneath Piccadilly main line railway station, Piccadilly stop is more substantial, with a mezzanine floor between tram platforms and the main line station concourse. Platforms at Mosley Street and St. Peter's Square have a full-height section the length of one Metrolink unit and a lower section which is used by the second unit in rush-hour two-unit formations. Market Street and High Street stops were also originally built like this, but these stops have been replaced by a rebuilt Market Street with a full-length island platform.

Platform shelter Phase Two platform

On the Phase Two line to Eccles, and at Market Street and Shudehill, all platforms are full-height, long enough for a two-unit formation. The platforms are more segregated than at the original city-centre stops, with steps at the ends of the platforms and ramps entering at the centre.

To view all Metrolink stops in Google Earth's satellite imagery, click here (requires Google Earth software—available for Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X 10.4.0+ and Linux). Each stop page also has a link to Google Earth imagery of that stop.

Select a stop name for pictures, or go to the Altrincham line, Bury line, Eccles line or city centre pages for clickable route maps
StopLocationPlatformsLineOpening dateNotes
Altrincham Station shared with National Rail 2 +2 National Rail Altrincham 15/06/1992 Shares station with National Rail; part of Altrincham interchange
Navigation Road Reserved track 1 +1 National Rail Altrincham 15/06/1992 Consists of 1 bidirectional platform for Metrolink and 1 bidirectional platform for National Rail
Timperley Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992  
Brooklands Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992  
Sale Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992  
Dane Road Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992  
Stretford Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992  
Old Trafford Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992 Formerly Warwick Road BR station
Trafford Bar Reserved track 2 Altrincham 15/06/1992 Formerly Old Trafford BR station
Eccles Reserved track 1 Eccles 21/07/2000  
Ladywell Reserved track 2 Eccles 21/07/2000 Park & Ride
Weaste Reserved track 2 Eccles 21/07/2000  
Langworthy Reserved track 2 Eccles 21/07/2000  
Broadway Reserved track 2 Eccles 06/12/1999  
Harbour City Reserved track 2 staggered Eccles 06/12/1999  
Anchorage Reserved track 2 Eccles 06/12/1999  
Salford Quays Reserved track 2 Eccles 06/12/1999  
Exchange Quay Reserved track 2 Eccles 06/12/1999  
Pomona Reserved track 2 island platform Eccles 06/12/1999 elevated stop
Cornbrook Reserved track 3 Island platform with 1 bay. Bay not used for public services Altrincham/Eccles 06/12/1999 street access opened 3/9/05; previously the stop was for interchange only
G-Mex Reserved track 2 staggered platforms Altrincham/Eccles 27/04/1992 Interchange with Deansgate National Rail station
St. Peter's Square On-street, tram only 2 Altrincham/Eccles 27/04/1992  
Mosley Street On-street, tram only 1 Altrincham/Eccles direction only Altrincham/Eccles 27/04/1992 Stop serves trams towards Altrincham and Eccles only. No platform for Piccadilly/Victoria/Bury trams
Piccadilly Gardens Reserved track 2 island platform Altrincham/Eccles/Bury 20/07/1992 Interchange with bus station
Piccadilly Part of National Rail station 2 1 arrival, 1 departure Altrincham/Eccles/Bury 20/07/1992 Opened as Piccadilly Undercroft. Situated in undercroft (basement) of Piccadilly National Rail station
Market Street On-street, tram-only 2 island platform Bury 27/04/1992 10/8/98—new Market Street stop opened replacing High Street and original Market Street
Shudehill Reserved track 2 Bury 25/04/2003  
Victoria Part of National Rail station 3 only 2 (island platform) in use Bury 06/04/1992 Located in Victoria National Rail station
Woodlands Road Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Crumpsall Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Bowker Vale Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Heaton Park Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Prestwich Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Besses o'th'Barn Reserved track 2 island platform Bury 06/04/1992  
Whitefield Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Radcliffe Reserved track 2 Bury 06/04/1992  
Bury Reserved track 2 island platform Bury 06/04/1992 Part of Bury Interchange—entrance is through bus station
Queens Road depot          

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