MediaCityUK tram stop
MediaCityUK tram stop in February 2018
Location of MediaCityUK in Greater Manchester
|Local authority||City of Salford|
|Fare zone information|
|Present status||In operation|
|Opened||20 September 2010|
|UK Trams portal|
MediaCityUK tram stop is a stop on Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system. It is located in MediaCityUK, in Salford, North West England, and serves MediaCityUK, The Lowry, the Imperial War Museum North and other parts of Salford Quays. It opened on 20 September 2010, as the terminus of a specially-constructed 360-metre-long spur (0.22 mi) from the Eccles Line.
MediaCityUK is a development within Salford Quays, on the site of the former Manchester Docks. When an active port, the quays were served by numerous railway goods lines.
The Metrolink's extension into Salford Quays is part of a programme of urban renewal for the area around the Manchester Ship Canal. Plans for a light rail system into Salford Quays have existed since around 1987, initially as far as Broadway; the proposals evolved, with plans for a branch line to serve the Lowry arts centre. The MediaCity extension replaced that proposal.
Services to the station were suspended following an incident at the Harbour City crossover on the second day of operation. A driver reversed after only partially passing over spring-loaded points causing the tram to straddle two tracks and hit a central support column.
A new generation of light rail vehicles (LRVs) was ordered for Metrolink from the rail manufacturer Bombardier. Four LRVs are required to operate the MediaCity line. The Flexity Swift LRVs, designated 'M5000', are similar to the K5000 series used in Cologne and Bonn in Germany, and similar to the low-floor models used by London Tramlink.
The first delivery of LRVs from Bombardier arrived at Metrolink's Queens Road depot in July 2009 and was subjected to three months testing and driver training before entering service in the autumn.
- 12 minute service to Etihad Campus (07:00-20:00 Mon-Fri; 09:00-18:30 Sat)
- 12 minutes service to Ashton-under-Lyne (outside of above times Mon-Sat; all day Sundays and Bank Holidays)
- 12 minutes service to Eccles (outside of above times Mon-Sat; all day Sundays and Bank Holidays)
The station was originally served by a dedicated Piccadilly - MediaCityUK service during enhanced service (07:00-20:00 Mon-Fri; 09:00-18:30 Sat). However, as of January 2018, services have extended to operate between MediaCityUK and Etihad Campus during enhanced service every 12 minutes, with Eccles - Ashton services calling outside of these times .
Connecting bus routes
MediaCityUK station is served by Arriva North West's service 79 to Swinton via Ordsall and Pendleton and Stretford via Old Trafford. Stagecoach Manchester's service 50, branded City Connect, connects to Salford Shopping Centre in Pendleton, Salford Crescent railway station, Salford University, Salford Central railway station, Manchester and East Didsbury.
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|Preceding station||Manchester Metrolink||Following station|
|Eccles – Ashton-under-Lyne Line||
|Terminus||MediaCityUK – Etihad Campus Line||
towards Etihad Campus
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