Navigation Road station

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Navigation Road National Rail Manchester Metrolink
Navigation Road
A Northern Rail train calling at the heavy rail platform
Place Altrincham
Local authority Trafford
Grid reference SJ772888
Station code NVR
Managed by Northern Rail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2006/07 42,891
2007/08 62,720
2008/09 68,704
2009/10 82,612
2010/11 83,204
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Greater Manchester
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Navigation Road from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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A M5000 Metrolink tram leaving Navigation Road for Altrincham
Navigation Road is located in Manchester_Metrolink
Navigation Road
Navigation Road

Location of Navigation Road in Greater Manchester
Place Altrincham
Local authority Trafford
Coordinates 53°23′43″N 2°20′36″W / 53.3953°N 2.3433°W / 53.3953; -2.3433Coordinates: 53°23′43″N 2°20′36″W / 53.3953°N 2.3433°W / 53.3953; -2.3433
Platforms 1
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone G
Present status In operation
Original operator Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Post-grouping company Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Opened 20 July 1931 (1931-07-20)
Closed as rail station 25 December 1991
Conversion to Metrolink operation 15 June 1992
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Navigation Road is a station that serves both Network Rail and Manchester Metrolink located in the east of Altrincham, in Greater Manchester, England. It consists of a Northern Rail-operated heavy rail station on the Mid-Cheshire Line, and an adjoining light rail stop on the Altrincham Line of Greater Manchester's Metrolink network. The original heavy rail element of the station was opened by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway in 1931, and the Metrolink element opened in 1992. A level crossing operates at the southern end of the station.


A T-68 tram leaves for Altrincham in 1992, shortly after the station's part conversion to Metrolink

The station originally opened on 20 July 1931 on the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR) following the electrification of that line, and was referred to as Navigation Road (Altrincham) on early tickets, timetables, etc. British Rail electric trains between Manchester and Altrincham ceased serving the station on 24 December 1991. The former Altrincham-bound (down) platform has since been used for Mid-Cheshire Line trains and the former Manchester-bound (up) platform reopened as a Metrolink stop on 15 June 1992. Freight trains also operate through Navigation Road, including heavy block trains carrying limestone from quarries at Tunstead (near Buxton) to alkali works at Northwich.

Rail and Metrolink services[edit]


Navigation Road is served by an hourly train service between Manchester Piccadilly and Chester via Stockport and Northwich, which is run by Northern Rail, additional trains run at peak times.[1] The Sunday service originally ran only between Chester and Altrincham thus not serving Navigation Road, with passengers connecting onto the Metrolink at Altrincham to go to stations to Manchester, however a 2-hourly Sunday service to Manchester and beyond is now in place.


Navigation Road is located on the Altrincham Line with trams towards Altrincham stopping every 6 minutes during the day, Mondays to Saturdays, every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday evenings and Sunday daytime and every 15 minutes Sunday evenings. Trams also head towards Manchester and Bury, with the Monday to Saturday daytime service running every 12 minutes each to Manchester Piccadilly or Bury, while evening and Sunday journeys run to Piccadilly only with journeys to Bury requiring a change of trams at Piccadilly Gardens.[2]

Service pattern[edit]

  • 10 tph to Altrincham
  • 5tph to Piccadilly
  • 5tph to Bury

Connecting bus routes[edit]

Navigation Road station is served by service 20, which runs to Altrincham and to Timperley Grange. The Monday-Saturday daytime service is run by Manchester Community Transport and continues to Wythenshawe Hospital. Evening and Sunday journeys are provided by M Travel[3]

Park & Ride[edit]

There is a car park on the Metrolink side of the station with 65 spaces plus 5 disabled spaces.[4]


  1. ^ "Northern Rail timetable 17". Northern Rail. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Metrolink - Tram Times - Navigation Road". Metrolink. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Metrolink Stop Information". Retrieved 21 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Manchester Metrolink   Following station
Altrincham – Bury Line
towards Bury
Altrincham – Piccadilly Line
towards Piccadilly
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Altrincham   Northern Rail
Mid-Cheshire Line