St Werburgh's Road tram stop

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 St Werburgh's Road
Metrolink
St Werburgh's Road Metrolink station - 2011-07-16.jpg
The stop shortly after opening
St Werburgh's Road is located in Manchester_Metrolink
St Werburgh's Road
St Werburgh's Road
Location of St Werburgh's Road in Greater Manchester
Location
Place Chorlton-cum-Hardy
Local authority Manchester
Coordinates 53°26′19″N 2°15′55″W / 53.4387°N 2.2654°W / 53.4387; -2.2654Coordinates: 53°26′19″N 2°15′55″W / 53.4387°N 2.2654°W / 53.4387; -2.2654
Grid reference SJ824936
Platforms 2 (island)
Fare zone information
Metrolink Zone P
Present status In operation
Operations
Original operator Manchester Metrolink
History
Opened 7 July 2011
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St Werburgh's Road is a tram stop on the South Manchester Line (SML) and Airport Line of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester. It was built as part of Phase 3a of the network's expansion and opened on 7 July 2011.[1]

Consisting of an island platform to the east of St Werburgh's Road, the stop is built largely on the site of the former Chorlton Junction Signal Box and its surroundings. It serves as an interchange for passengers travelling towards either Manchester Airport or East Didsbury.

History[edit]

St Werburgh's Road stop is on a re-opened railway line, the Cheshire Lines Committee line, which closed to passenger service in 1967. It was planned to reopen the line as part of the expansion of the Manchester Metrolink tram network.[2] Proposals to re-open the line have been put forward since the 1980s,[3] but remained unfunded until the 2000s. The line extension which was originally proposed would take over the disused trackbed 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 extensing the network as far as St Werburgh's Road.[4] 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) went ahead with funding from national and local government.[2][5][6]

Construction of the line began in April 2009 and the line became operational as far as St Werburgh's Road in July 2011.[1] Services to East Didsbury became operational on 23 May 2013.[7]

On 3 November 2014 the Metrolink extension was opened from St Werburgh's Road station to Manchester Airport station.

In July 2015, a tram derailed at the stop after vandals attacked the tram and the tracks.[8] In July 2016, a man was badly injured at the stop when his leg became trapped between a tram and the platform.[9]

Service pattern[edit]

  • 12 minute service to Bury with double trams in the peak
  • 6 minute service to Cornbrook with some double trams (every 20 minutes to Firswood before 6 am)
  • 12 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[edit]

St Werburgh's Road station is not served by any direct bus service. There are several services that stop in nearby Chorlton centre.[10]

Cycle track[edit]

The Fallowfield Loop cycle path begins at St Werburgh's Road station and follows the old trackbed of the former Fallowfield Loop railway line through Fallowfield and Levenshulme to Debdale Park.[11]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Metrolink's new Chorlton line opens for business". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 6 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Linton, Deborah (2009-05-13). "£1.4bn transport deal unveiled". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  3. ^ Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (1984), Light Rapid Transit in Greater Manchester, GMPTE  - publicity brochure
  4. ^ "Metrolink extension is announced". BBC News. 2006-07-06. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Tram line extension is approved". BBC News. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  6. ^ "Metrolink: back on track?". BBC Manchester. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  7. ^ Kirby, Dean (13 May 2013). "Metrolink extension to East Didsbury to open next week- three months early". Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  8. ^ Abbit, Beth (4 July 2015). "Metrolink tram derails in Chorlton due to vandalism on the line - live updates". Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Rucki, Alexandra (21 July 2016). "Man suffers serious injuries after leg is trapped between tram and platform". Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester - Journey Planning - Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Friends of the Fallowfield Loop". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 

External links[edit]

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