Metrolink has 37 stops. Broadly speaking they can be divided into three groups—former BR stations on the Phase One lines to Altrincham and Bury, original new-build stops on the Phase One lines in the city centre and new-build stops on the Phase Two line to Eccles (plus Shudehill, opened 2003; and Market Street, rebuilt 1998).
All stops have Passenger Information Displays and information boards, which include timetables and faretables. Shelters are a mixture of the original station structures (in some cases, BR-era bus stop-style shelters inherited from British Rail), and newer shelters to the same design as contemporary bus shelters in the Greater Manchester PTE area.
Former BR stations on the Bury and Altrincham lines have changed little since BR days—the full-length platforms, built to take trains several carriages long, remain although at many stations only that part needed for two-unit Metrolink services is maintained. The platforms are at main line railway height from the track, and many station buildings from BR days remain although at some stops buildings have been demolished. Many stops retain their booking hall, with a ticket window permanently closed with a roller shutter, and Metrolink ticket machines installed. Metrolink-style signs and paintwork are often the only alterations from the BR era.
Original stops in the city centre (Victoria, Piccadilly Gardens, Piccadilly, Mosley Street, St. Peter's Square and G-Mex) consist of platforms long enough for two-unit Metrolink services. At on-street stops the platforms gently ramp up at either end, and are to some extent part of the footpath. Because of its situation underneath Piccadilly main line railway station, Piccadilly stop is more substantial, with a mezzanine floor between tram platforms and the main line station concourse. Platforms at Mosley Street and St. Peter's Square have a full-height section the length of one Metrolink unit and a lower section which is used by the second unit in rush-hour two-unit formations. Market Street and High Street stops were also originally built like this, but these stops have been replaced by a rebuilt Market Street with a full-length island platform.
On the Phase Two line to Eccles, and at Market Street and Shudehill, all platforms are full-height, long enough for a two-unit formation. The platforms are more segregated than at the original city-centre stops, with steps at the ends of the platforms and ramps entering at the centre.
To view all Metrolink stops in Google Earth's satellite imagery, click here (requires Google Earth software—available for Windows Vista/XP/2000, Mac OS X 10.4.0+ and Linux). Each stop page also has a link to Google Earth imagery of that stop.
|Altrincham||Station shared with National Rail||2 (+2 National Rail)||Altrincham||15/06/1992||Shares station with National Rail; part of Altrincham interchange|
|Navigation Road||Reserved track||1 (+1 National Rail)||Altrincham||15/06/1992||Consists of 1 bidirectional platform for Metrolink and 1 bidirectional platform for National Rail|
|Dane Road||Reserved track||2||Altrincham||15/06/1992|
|Old Trafford||Reserved track||2||Altrincham||15/06/1992||Formerly Warwick Road BR station|
|Trafford Bar||Reserved track||2||Altrincham||15/06/1992||Formerly Old Trafford BR station|
|Ladywell||Reserved track||2||Eccles||21/07/2000||Park & Ride|
|Harbour City||Reserved track||2 (staggered)||Eccles||06/12/1999|
|Salford Quays||Reserved track||2||Eccles||06/12/1999|
|Exchange Quay||Reserved track||2||Eccles||06/12/1999|
|Pomona||Reserved track||2 (island platform)||Eccles||06/12/1999||elevated stop|
|Cornbrook||Reserved track||3 (Island platform with 1 bay. Bay not used for public services)||Altrincham/Eccles||06/12/1999||street access opened 3/9/05; previously the stop was for interchange only|
|G-Mex||Reserved track||2 (staggered platforms)||Altrincham/Eccles||27/04/1992||Interchange with Deansgate National Rail station|
|St. Peter's Square||On-street, tram only||2||Altrincham/Eccles||27/04/1992|
|Mosley Street||On-street, tram only||1 (Altrincham/Eccles direction only)||Altrincham/Eccles||27/04/1992||Stop serves trams towards Altrincham and Eccles only. No platform for Piccadilly/Victoria/Bury trams|
|Piccadilly Gardens||Reserved track||2 (island platform)||Altrincham/Eccles/Bury||20/07/1992||Interchange with bus station|
|Piccadilly||Part of National Rail station||2 (1 arrival, 1 departure)||Altrincham/Eccles/Bury||20/07/1992||Opened as Piccadilly Undercroft. Situated in undercroft (basement) of Piccadilly National Rail station|
|Market Street||On-street, tram-only||2 (island platform)||Bury||27/04/1992||10/8/98—new Market Street stop opened replacing High Street and original Market Street|
|Victoria||Part of National Rail station||3 (only 2 (island platform) in use)||Bury||06/04/1992||Located in Victoria National Rail station|
|Woodlands Road||Reserved track||2||Bury||06/04/1992|
|Bowker Vale||Reserved track||2||Bury||06/04/1992|
|Heaton Park||Reserved track||2||Bury||06/04/1992|
|Besses o'th'Barn||Reserved track||2 (island platform)||Bury||06/04/1992|
|Bury||Reserved track||2 (island platform)||Bury||06/04/1992||Part of Bury Interchange—entrance is through bus station|
|Queens Road depot|
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