Chorlton tram stop
The rebuilt stop, shortly after opening
Location of Chorlton in Greater Manchester
|Fare zone information|
|Present status||In operation|
|Original operator||Cheshire Lines Committee|
|Pre-grouping company||Cheshire Lines Committee|
|Post-grouping company||Cheshire Lines Committee
London Midland Region of British Railways
|Opened||1 January 1880|
|Closed as rail station||2 January 1967|
|Conversion to Metrolink operation||7 July 2011|
|UK Trams portal|
Chorlton is a stop on the South Manchester Line (SML) and Airport Line of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system. Located in Chorlton-cum-Hardy in southern Manchester, it was built as part of Phase 3a of the network's expansion, and opened on 7 July 2011 on a section of the former Cheshire Lines Committee railway.
Chorlton-cum-Hardy railway station opened on 1 January 1880 by the Midland Railway, later became Cheshire Lines Committee and closed on 2 January 1967 as part of the Beeching Axe, though the line through Fallowfield remained open to freight until the 1980s. Until the mid-20th century the station yard supplied coal to the district. Land to the north-east of the track originally acquired for the purpose of doubling it was eventually sold off for development.
|“||No churns, no porter, no cat on a seat,
At Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Chester-le-Street.
Chorlton station was subsequently demolished and a Morrisons (originally Safeway) supermarket and car park built in its place, although the track bed remained extant to the side of the supermarket and part of one of the platforms survives next to the supermarket building. The derelict line became overgrown until 2001, when the track bed of the old Fallowfield Loop Line branch running east of Chorlton towards Alexandra Park and Fallowfield was converted to the Fallowfield Loop cycle track. Today, the route is run by Sustrans and forms part of Routes 6 and 60 of the National Cycle Network. The remaining Cheshire Lines Committee lines from Chorlton from Manchester Central towards Disbury remained disused and overgrown for another 10 years.
Proposals to link Chorlton to a light rail system had been put forward since the 1980s, but remained unfunded until recently. The extension that was originally proposed would have taken over the disused tracks of the Cheshire Lines Committee as far as East Didsbury.
In 2006, it was announced that the first phase of the "Big Bang" Metrolink expansion project (Phase 3A) would go ahead, including the extension to St Werburgh's Road. Following the rejection of the Greater Manchester Transport Innovation Fund in a public referendum in 2008, extension of the line to East Didsbury (Phase 3B) was completed with funding from national and local government.
Construction of the line began in April 2009 and it opened in July 2011. The first services towards East Didsbury began in June 2013.
Chorlton is served by the two lines; Rochdale to East Didsbury and Cornbrook to Manchester Airport. Each line operates at a frequency of one tram every 12 minutes (15 minutes on Sundays and some off-peak times) providing a combined frequency of approximately one tram every 6 minutes in both directions. On the Rochdale to East Didsbury line, the last evening north-bound services (the last 2–3 dependent on day of week) terminate at Piccadilly via Piccadilly Gardens.
Before the East Didsbury extension was completed in May 2013, southeast bound services terminated at St Werburgh's Road. An extension from there to Manchester Airport was opened on 3 November 2014. St Werburgh's road acts as the interchange station for services between the East Didsbury and Manchester Airport forks of the line. Northbound trams from Manchester Airport currently terminate at Cornbrook.
- 12 minute service to Shaw and Crompton with double trams in the peak
- 12 minute service to Rochdale Town Centre with double trams in the peak
- 12 minute service to Deansgate-Castlefield with single trams (every 20 minutes to Firswood before 6 am)
- 6 minute service to East Didsbury with double trams in the peak
- 12 minute service to Manchester Airport with single trams (every 20 minutes before 6 am)
Connecting bus routes
Chorlton station is served by several bus services either outside the stop or in Chorlton centre. Stagecoach Manchester service 85 both stop outside the stop and run eastbound to Manchester the 85 terminates nearby at Chorlton bus station. Stagecoach/service 168 also stops outside and runs from Chorlton to Ashton-under-Lyne via Fallowfield, Longsight, Gorton and Droylsden. M travel service 276, which also stops outside, runs to Withington Community Hospital and to Trafford General Hospital via Stretford.
Other services that stop nearby are First/Stagecoach service 22, which runs to Bolton via Trafford Centre and to Stockport, Stagecoach services 23/23A, which also run to Trafford Centre and Stockport, and Stagecoach service 86, which runs to Manchester.
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- Price, Bevan; Wright, Paul (16 May 2009). "Disused Stations Site Record: Chorlton-cum-Hardy". Retrieved 10 December 2009.
- Burton, Nick (ed.) (199-) Chorlton cum Hardy and Stretford, 1905. (Old Ordnance Survey maps. Lancashire sheet 111.10) Gateshead: Alan Godfrey (includes historical survey and extracts from Slater's directory, 1910) (Chorlton was not part of the City of Manchester until 1904.)
- "Fallowfield Loopline". Sustrans. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- "Friends of the Fallowfield Loop". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
- Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (1984), Light Rapid Transit in Greater Manchester, GMPTE – publicity brochure
- "Metrolink extension is announced". BBC News. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2008-12-28.
- Linton, Deborah (2009-05-13). "£1.4bn transport deal unveiled". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
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- "Metrolink: back on track?". BBC Manchester. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-17.
- "Metrolink – Tram Times – Chorlton". Metrolink. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
- "Transport for Greater Manchester – Journey Planning – Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens. ISBN 1-85260-508-1
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chorlton Metrolink station.|
- Chorlton Stop Information
- Chorlton area map
- Manchester Metrolink Extension Project – map of the plans (Urban Transport Technology)
- Chorlton-cum-Hardy railway station in Disused Stations database
|Preceding station||Manchester Metrolink||Following station|
towards Manchester Airport
|Manchester Airport - Deansgate-Castlefield Line||
towards East Didsbury
|East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line||
towards Rochdale Town Centre
|East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton Line||
towards Shaw and Crompton
Line and station closed
|Great Central Railway
Line and station closed
South District Railway
|Withington and West Didsbury
Line and station closed