The East Manchester Metrolink extension opened to Droylsden on 11th February 2013 and opened to Ashton-under-Lyne on 9th October 2013.
Manchester to Droylsden
The 3.9 mile (6.3km) section to Droylsden runs from the existing Metrolink stop at Manchester Piccadilly through the key regeneration areas of Ancoats, New Islington and Beswick and the heart of East Manchester. The line runs under Great Ancoats Street, through Holt Town towards Etihad Campus (Manchester City football stadium) and the Velodrome. From here, between Clayton and Droylsden the line runs on-street along Ashton New Road and Manchester Road.
This section has eight stops at New Islington, Holt Town, Etihad Campus, Velopark, Clayton Hall, Edge Lane, Cemetery Road and Droylsden.
Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne
In May 2009, a special fund of £1.5 billion was agreed for 15 transport schemes in Greater Manchester. These included a further 2.1 miles (3.4km) extension to the East Manchester line from Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne. Plans for the extension from Droylsden to Ashton-under-Lyne were fully approved by the Department for Transport in March 2010 whereupon MPact-Thales was appointed as the main contractor.
This section of the line has four stops located at Audenshaw, Ashton Moss, Ashton West and Ashton-under-Lyne with Park and Ride sites for Metrolink passengers at Ashton Moss and Ashton West.
From Droylsden, the line runs on street to Audenshaw serving the local residents and businesses along Ashton Road and Droylsden Road.
From Audenshaw to Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink operates along the side and central reservations of Lord Sheldon Way serving The Snipe Retail Park and Ashton Leisure Park in Ashton Moss and businesses in Ashton-under-Lyne town centre. The final stop on the line also forms an interchange with Ashton bus station and is in close proximity to Ashton rail station.