Navigation Road station

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Navigation Road
National Rail Manchester Metrolink
DMU at NVR.jpg
A Northern Rail train calling at the heavy rail platform
LocationAltrincham, Trafford
Coordinates53°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
Grid referenceSJ772888
Managed byNorthern Trains
Transit authorityGreater Manchester
Other information
Station codeNVR
ClassificationDfT category F2
2015/16Increase 0.107 million
2016/17Decrease 0.106 million
2017/18Decrease 95,414
2018/19Increase 0.100 million
2019/20Increase 0.106 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Navigation Road is a station that serves both Northern Trains and Manchester Metrolink located in the east of Altrincham, in Greater Manchester, England. It consists of a Northern-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.


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.


There is a car park on the Metrolink side of the station with 65 spaces plus 5 disabled spaces.[1]

In January 2018 a ticket machine was installed within the shelter on the heavy rail side of the station. Pre-ordered tickets can be collected here as well as buying tickets for journeys from this station.



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


Navigation Road
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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
Local authorityTrafford
Coordinates53°23′43″N 2°20′36″W / 53.39528°N 2.34333°W / 53.39528; -2.34333
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone4
Present statusIn operation
Original operatorManchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Post-grouping companyManchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
Opened20 July 1931 (1931-07-20)
Closed as rail station25 December 1991
Conversion to Metrolink operation15 June 1992
A T-68 tram leaves for Altrincham in 1992, shortly after the station's part conversion to Metrolink

Navigation Road is located on the Altrincham Line with trams towards Altrincham stopping every 6 minutes during the day Monday to Saturday and every 12 minutes Monday to Saturday evenings and on Sundays. In the opposite direction, trams head towards Piccadilly and Bury, with the Monday to Saturday daytime service running every 12 minutes to both Piccadilly and Bury. Evening and Sunday journeys run to Piccadilly only.[3]

As of January 2019, Navigation Road is located in Metrolink fare zone 4.[4]

Service pattern[edit]

  • 10 trams per hour to Altrincham (5 off-peak)
  • 5 trams per hour to Bury (peak only)
  • 5 trams per hour to Piccadilly.


Navigation Road station is served by Diamond Bus routes 285, which runs anti-clockwise, and 286, which runs clockwise, both running every hour. These routes run between Altrincham Interchange and Timperley, as a circular service.[5]


  1. ^ "Metrolink Stop Information". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Northern Rail timetable 17" (PDF). Northern Rail. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  3. ^ "Metrolink - Tram Times - Navigation Road". Metrolink. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Metrolink ticket zones map". TfGM. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Buses: 285 286" (PDF). Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 6 December 2018.

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External links[edit]

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