​South Manchester Line




Trafford Bar to St Werburgh’s Road

Construction started on the South Manchester extension from Trafford Bar to St Werburgh’s Road in 2008 and the new line opened in July 2011. Three new stops have been built at Firswood, Chorlton and St Werburgh’s Road and a new depot facility at Trafford Bar has also been constructed to maintain and store our new trams.

St Werburgh's Road to East Didsbury

In May 2009, a special fund of £1.5 billion was agreed for 15 transport schemes in Greater Manchester. These include a further 2.8 mile (4.4 km) extension to the South Manchester line from St Werburgh’s Road to East Didsbury. Plans for the extension from St Werburgh’s Road to Didsbury were fully approved by the Department for Transport in March 2010 whereupon MPact-Thales was appointed as the main contractor. The extension to East Didsbury opened on the 23rd May 2013. 

From St Werburgh’s Road, the line continues along the disused railway cutting to East Didsbury serving the local residents and businesses along the route with five additional stops at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Didsbury Village and East Didsbury.

The line will provide improved transport links into city centre. It aims to ease congestion and improve journey times from both Chorlton and Didsbury to the City Centre.

Maps of the new South Manchester line

View an overview map of the new South Manchester line

For a more detailed area map:

View the South Manchester line from Trafford Bar to St Werburgh's Road

View the South Manchester line from St Werburgh's Road to East Didsbury

 

Track facts  Track facts

 
Open date:
St Werburgh’s Road: Now Open
East Didsbury: Now Open
 
Initial tram frequency:
Peak: 12 mins
Offpeak: 15 mins
 
Eventual tram frequency:
Peak: 6 mins
Offpeak: 12 mins