Services on the Airport line will open to passengers on Monday 3 November - well over 12 months ahead of schedule. Shadow running takes place from Monday 20 October when test trams will run out of service between Cornbrook and the airport every 12 minutes.
In May 2009, a special fund of £1.5 billion was agreed for 15 transport schemes in Greater Manchester. This includes the Metrolink extension to Manchester Airport. MPact-Thales was appointed as the main contractor in August 2010.
The 14.5km (9 miles) extension to Manchester Airport will leave the South Manchester Line after the St Werburgh’s Road stop in Chorlton and travel along Mauldeth Road West to Sale Water Park via Hardy Lane, creating a new route to the south. After crossing the M60, the line will travel via Northern Moor, Baguley and Wythenshawe to Manchester Airport, with a 300 space Park and Ride site proposed at Sale Water Park.
The new Metrolink line will provide a fast, frequent, efficient and environmentally-friendly form of public transport for communities along the route who are not currently served by either tram or train. It will also improve access to recreational facilities and employment opportunities at Manchester Airport, Mersey Valley (including Sale Water Park) and leisure and shopping opportunities in Wythenshawe and surrounding areas. The line will also provide access to rail services from Manchester Airport as well as a providing improved links with bus services through the new interchange at Wythenshawe town centre.
The new line will have 15 stops at Barlow Moor Road, Sale Water Park, Northern Moor, Wythenshawe Park, Moor Road, Baguley, Roundthorn, Martinscroft, Benchill, Crossacres, Wythenshawe Town Centre, Robinswood Road, Peel Hall, Shadowmoss and Manchester Airport. Several major purpose-built structures have been built as part of the programme, including a viaduct over the Mersey Valley, two new bridges over the M60 and M56, and the Ringway Road dual carriageway and underpass at Manchester Airport. All the existing highway and street lighting and road signs along the entire route have been renewed and significant urban realm improvements have beenmade around each of the line's 15 new stops.
The line is due to open on 3 November 2014 and services will initially run between Manchester Airport and Cornbrook.
Maps of the new Airport line
View an overview map of the new Airport line.
For a more detailed area map:
View the new Airport line.