Burton Road tram stop

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Burton Road
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Burton Road Metrolink station, looking towards Withington
Burton Road is located in Manchester_Metrolink
Burton Road
Burton Road
Location of Burton Road in Greater Manchester
Local authorityManchester
Coordinates53°25′43″N 2°14′24″W / 53.4286°N 2.240°W / 53.4286; -2.240Coordinates: 53°25′43″N 2°14′24″W / 53.4286°N 2.240°W / 53.4286; -2.240
Grid referenceSJ840924
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone3
Present statusIn operation
Opened23 May 2013[1]

Transit map symbol.png South Manchester Line

Deansgate-Castlefield (National Rail
Bridgewater Canal
Manchester-Liverpool Line
Trafford Bar
St Werburgh's Road
Burton Road
West Didsbury
Didsbury Village
Styal Line
East Didsbury Parking http://cycling.tfgm.com/Pages/join-a-hub.aspx (National Rail

Burton Road is a stop on the South Manchester Line (SML) of Greater Manchester's light rail Metrolink system, on Burton Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, England. The stop was built as part of Phase 3b of the network's expansion, and opened on 23 May 2013 on a section of the former Midland Railway.[1][2][3] It is the closest stop to Withington Community Hospital.

Service pattern[edit]


In 1880 the Midland Railway opened the new Manchester South District line which ran from Heaton Mersey to Throstle Nest Junction, Old Trafford.[4] The line north of Chorlton Junction (with the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway's line to Fallowfield) was later operated by the Cheshire Lines Committee from 1891 when the Fallowfield line opened.[5] Under British Rail operation, the line closed in 1967 as part of the Beeching Axe.

Plans to re-open the line for light rail use have been proposed since the early 1980s,[6] but these proposals failed several times due to problems securing funding.[7] Revised plans put forward in 2006 only allowed for the line to be opened as far as St Werburgh's Road in Chorlton.[8]

In 2009, following the failure of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund, revised transport funding was announced by the Government which would facilitate a major expansion of the Metrolink network, including the re-opening of the former Midland line and stations as far as East Didsbury.[3][9]



  1. ^ a b "Early doors for East Didsbury's new Metrolink line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. ^ Linton, Deborah (13 May 2009). "£1.4bn transport deal unveiled". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Metrolink: back on track?". BBC Manchester. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  4. ^ J. Gough. The Midland Railway - A Chronology. Railway and Canal Historical Society, 1989, p. 198.
  5. ^ Gough,Midland Railway, p.198.
  6. ^ Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (1984), Light Rapid Transit in Greater Manchester, GMPTE - publicity brochure
  7. ^ "Government scraps trams extension". BBC News. 20 July 2004. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Metrolink - the little Bang?". BBC Manchester. 7 July 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  9. ^ "Tram line extension is approved". BBC News. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton Line
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line