20 Mar 2020

Manchester Metrolink has opened its £350m Trafford Park line which directly connects residents at Cole Waterhouse’s No.1 Old Trafford development with Trafford Park and Manchester city centre.

Residents will  now be able to travel to and from the City Centre, MediaCityUK and the Trafford Centre in just 15 minutes and it also puts them at the heart of one of the city’s most important employment hubs, Trafford Park.

The new line opened on 22nd March and includes a new stop at Wharfside, which is located directly below No.1 Old Trafford which is due for completion early next year.

Metrolink is already the UK’s largest tram network, running to a total of 96km and 93 stops. The new line will add a further 5.5km of track and six additional stops, bringing the total to 99.

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:

“It’s great that the Trafford Park line is now open. It is a much-needed addition to the Metrolink network and will encourage more people to use public transport to journey around our city-region, and in doing so reduce congestion on our roads and improve the quality of our air. 

Last June I set out Our Network – a vision for the type of world-class transport network I want us to have here in Greater Manchester. This new line is a great step towards that, and a shining example of what we can deliver with the right funding and powers.”

The Trafford Park line runs through Europe’s largest industrial estate, providing access to thousands of jobs, including global brands such as Kellogg’s, Unilever, Missguided, L’Oreal and Adidas. The new stops will also provide easy access to some of the North West’s top retail and leisure destinations, including intu Trafford Centre, Old Trafford stadium and Imperial War Museum North.

Leader of Trafford Council, Councillor Andrew Western, said:

“The opening of the Trafford Park Line will be hugely important for the continued development of the local and regional economy. It is fantastic news for the tens of thousands of people who come to Trafford Park and the surrounding areas for work and leisure.”

No.1 Old Trafford is the latest residential development to front the new Trafford Park Metrolink line. The two striking towers that neighbour the Wharfside station will provide for 354 apartments, sitting either side of a landscaped podium garden with views spanning over Salford Quays, Media City, Trafford Park and the River Irwell. No.1 Old Trafford has a host of resident amenities including rooftop terraces and resident lounge areas.

Find out more about the new Trafford Park Line on the TfGM website.

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