Trafford Bar Metrolink station

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
"Old Trafford railway station" redirects here. For the station known since 1992 as Old Trafford, see Old Trafford Metrolink station.
Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Trafford Bar
Trafford Bar 001.jpg
Trafford Bar Metrolink station in 2012
Trafford Bar is located in Manchester_Metrolink
Trafford Bar
Trafford Bar
Location of Trafford Bar in Greater Manchester
Place Old Trafford
Local authority Trafford
Coordinates 53°27′43″N 2°16′37″W / 53.4619°N 2.277°W / 53.4619; -2.277Coordinates: 53°27′43″N 2°16′37″W / 53.4619°N 2.277°W / 53.4619; -2.277
Grid reference SJ816961
Platforms 2
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone B
Present status In operation
Original operator MSJAR
Pre-grouping company MSJAR
Post-grouping company MSJAR
London Midland Region of British Railways
Opened 20 July 1849
Closed as rail station 24 December 1991
Conversion to Metrolink operation 15 June 1992
Former name Old Trafford
Renamed 1992
Portal icon UK Trams portal

Trafford Bar Metrolink Station is a tram stop on both the Altrincham and South Manchester Lines of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system. Located at the junction of Talbot Road and Seymour Grove in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, it opened on 15 June 1992 as part of Phase 1 of Metrolink's expansion.


Trafford Bar in 1983, displaying its then Old Trafford name and British Rail branding
Trafford Bar Metrolink station in 2009, prior to refurbishment
Signage at the station, after refurbishment

The station was opened as Old Trafford on 20 July 1849 by the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJ&AR). It closed as a British Rail station on 24 December 1991, and the "Old Trafford" name was transferred to the former Warwick Road Station, to avoid confusion for passengers travelling to Old Trafford Football Ground and Old Trafford Cricket Ground. It was renamed Trafford Bar when it reopened as a Metrolink station on 15 June 1992.


Altrincham Line trams run 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. Northbound, trams head towards Manchester and Bury, with the Monday to Saturday daytime service running alternately every 12 minutes to Manchester Piccadilly or Bury, while evenings and Sunday services only reach to Piccadilly, a change needed at Piccadilly Gardens for Bury.

It is also on the South Manchester Line with trams to Rochdale railway station via Victoria and Oldham Mumps, and to East Didsbury, every 12 minutes Monday-Saturdays and Sunday daytime, every 15 minutes Sunday early mornings and evenings.

The initial phase of the Manchester Airport service opened on 3 November 2014, with trams running every 12 minutes to Cornbrook and the Airport station during weekdays and Sunday daytimes, again dropping down to every 15 minutes during the Sunday early morning and late evenings.[1] Services extended to Rochdale and to East Didsbury in 2013. Additional services will run between the city centre and Manchester Airport in 2016.

Service Pattern[edit]

  • 10 trams per hour to Altrincham
  • 5 tph to Cornbrook
  • 5 tph to Piccadilly (via Cornbrook)
  • 5 tph to Bury (via Cornbrook)
  • 5 tph to Rochdale (via Cornbrook)
  • 5 tph to East Didsbury
  • 5 tph to Manchester Airport

Connecting bus routes[edit]

It is served nearby by First Greater Manchester service 53 to Pendleton via Salford Quays and to Cheetham Hill via the universities, Rusholme, Gorton and Harpurhey.

Stagecoach Manchester/Arriva North West service 84 to Reddish via Chorlton, West Didsbury and East Didsbury, Stagecoach service 250 to Trafford Centre, Stagecoach service 255 to Partington via Stretford and Urmston, Stagecoach/JPT service 256 to Flixton via Stretford, Arriva service 263 to Altrincham via Stretford and Sale, Stagecoach/Go Goodwins service 291 to Trafford Park. All these services run to Piccadilly Gardens.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Metrolink - Tram Times - Trafford Bar". Metrolink. Retrieved 13 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bus Time Leaflet Library". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards Altrincham
Altrincham – Bury Line
towards Bury
Altrincham – Piccadilly Line
towards Piccadilly
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line
Manchester Airport - Cornbrook Line
  Under Construction  
Manchester Airport Line
Disused railways
Line and station closed
  Manchester, South Junction
and Altrincham Railway
  Warwick Road for Old Trafford
Line and station open
1849–56, 1865–1991
Line closed, station open