Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester and operated by Keolis/Amey, the Metrolink tram system connects all major railway stations and tourist attractions within Manchester 

Metrolink Manchaster route map

Trams currently run every twelve minutes, but the frequency will be increased to every six minutes in early 2019.

Since its opening in 1992 the network has tripled in size thanks to a £1.5 billion expansion programme and in 2017 carried 40 million passengers.

Owned by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), the sprawling tram network boasts 93 stops, and spans 60 miles across seven of the ten districts of Greater Manchester, with a fleet of 120 trams.

Built in three phases over three decades, the network serves Bury, Oldham and Rochdale in the north, Ashton-under-Lyne in the east, Eccles and MediaCityUK in the west, and Altrincham, Wythenshawe, Chorlton, Manchester Airport and East Didsbury in the south. Construction work on the transformational £165 million Second City Crossing (2CC) finished in late 2016 – the final phase of a £1.5 billion investment to expand the network.

A section of the line opened between Victoria station and an award-winning new stop at Exchange Square in December 2015 thanks to fast-track funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Following three years of construction work, the final section of the Metrolink Second City Crossing, between Exchange Square and St Peter’s Square, was opened to passengers on 26th February 2017.

2CC allows Metrolink to run more services through the heart of the city on a new route running from St Peter’s Square along Cross Street to Victoria Station. It also gives Metrolink greater operational flexibility and improved service reliability.

As part of the 2CC package TfGM has undertaken a programme of city centre stop expansions and improvement works. This culminated with an expanded new-look stop opening in St Peter’s Square in summer 2016, following a 14 month build programme which saw services run through the city on a single line of track.

Get me there

The Get Me There travelcard has been combined with a new app and an expanded service, allowing customers to purchase tickets for the bus and tram as well as the Metrolink service.

Greater Manchester’s Metrolink tram number 3009A, in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester
Photo: Tom Page

Head of Metrolink: Danny Vaughan
Managing Director: Aline Frantzen

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Address: Metrolink Trafford Depot, Warwick Road, Stretford, Manchester M16 0GZ
Phone:  0161 205 2000
Email: customerservices@metrolink.co.uk
Website: www.metrolink.co.uk