MANCHESTER : Early doors for East Didsbury’s new Metrolink line

The new Metrolink line to East Didsbury opened to passenger service on Thursday 23 May – several months ahead of schedule.

The 4.4km (2.7 miles) extension to the existing South Manchester line has five new stops, with services calling at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Didsbury Village and East Didsbury.

A 300-space park and ride facility – free to use for Metrolink passengers – is also available at the East Didsbury stop.

The very first tram left the East Didsbury stop at 5.49am on Thursday and journeys from East Didsbury to the city take less than half an hour.

Services run every 12 minutes all day Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays (15 minutes at all other times).

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “It was fantastic we were able to announce the opening of this new line several months earlier than we expected.

“It’s something that I, personally, have been promoting for more than 30 years, but for it to be complete so far ahead of schedule is a wonderful achievement, and my thanks for that go to TfGM, our local authority partners and, of course, our contractor, MPT.

“I am particularly pleased that the last government committed funding for this project before the last general election. This ensured that the contract was signed before the spending axe fell.

“This new line is a great addition to our ever-growing Metrolink network and will give people a new and exciting way to experience all the vibrant things that South Manchester has to offer.”

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Executive Member for Environment for Manchester City Council, said: “Having a well-connected city where people can easily access employment, social and leisure opportunities is absolutely fundamental to Manchester’s future success.

“This new line is another important step towards delivering that vision and it will be great to see it up and running.”

The extension brings the total size of the Metrolink network to 73.4km (45.6 miles).