Posted by: Richard Frost | 16 Jul 2011

Chorlton Metrolink photos

Chorlton Metrolink tram at Market Street in ManchesterThe Chorlton Metrolink is here. Yes, it’s a few years late. Yes, it stopped working the day after launch. But at least we got there in the end (unlike Edinburgh).

On Thursday, 7 July 2011, the Chorlton Metrolink extension was finally opened to the public. I tried it out a couple of days later. And it was amazing!

Advantages of the Chorlton tram

  • Price – A return to Manchester city centre costs £2.80. That’s almost £1 less than the #85 & #86 bus – the only other public transport in Chorlton.
  • Speed – The journey from Chorlton to St Peter’s Square takes just 15 minutes, compared to 45 minutes on the bus.
  • Accessibility – The Chorlton tram opens up access to whole new areas of Manchester. Not only can you now get to Bury, Altrincham, Eccles & MediaCityUK, you’ll soon be able to reach East Didsbury (2013) & Manchester Airport (2016).

My point is, let’s stop dwelling on the delays & start celebrating the fact that at long last we now have good public transport in Chorlton.

Chorlton Metrolink on camera

Anyway, I’ll leave you with a few photos I took of the Chorlton Metrolink:

Chorlton Metrolink tram stop at Morrisons
Tram at Chorlton Metrolink station
Metrolink tram map for Chorlton and Manchester
Inside Metrolink tram at Firswood station



  1. Nice photos, was wondering what the new stop looked like. From what I can see it looks a bit confusing; you have to cross the tracks to get to the other side? And is that a tunnel at the far end of the first pic on the right?


    • Actually, you can just cross the bridge (towards Oddest) to get to the other side. Haven’t explored the tunnel yet – it could go anywhere. Chorlton? Didsbury? London?


  2. Plus due to the lax and lack of ticket inspectors, most people seem to still be able to get away without paying. It’s like an honour system for tickets, which is hopeful at best.


  3. I’m catching the tram now. Even a keen driver like me could be converted.


  4. We’re getting the tram out to us at Hollinwood Avenue in Oldham any time this millenium. Not that I’m impatient. Can’t wait to come out to Chorlton on the tram from here!


  5. Woo Hoo!
    I used to live in Chorlton on Peveril Crescent quite a few years ago so it’s good to see the transport system is finally making its’ way through…. No more just relying on the bus from Manchester city centre any longer! Nice photos.


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