West Didsbury tram stop
The first Metrolink passenger service
at West Didsbury, 23 May 2013
Location of West Didsbury in Greater Manchester
|Fare zone information|
|Present status||In operation|
|Original operator||South District Railway|
|Pre-grouping company||Midland Railway|
|Post-grouping company||London, Midland and Scottish Railway |
London Midland Region of British Railways
|Closed as rail station||1961|
|Conversion to Metrolink operation||23 May 2013|
|Former name||Withington and Albert Park (1880)|
Withington and West Didsbury (1895)
West Didsbury is a tram stop on the South Manchester Line (SML) of Greater Manchester's light-rail Metrolink system. It opened to passengers on 23 May 2013, in West Didsbury, South Manchester, England.
The Metrolink stop sits some 300m south east of the former heavy rail station of the Midland Railway, which opened 1 January 1880 as Withington; was renamed on 1 July 1884 to Withington and Albert Park; renamed again on 1 April 1915 to Withington and West Didsbury; and closed 3 July 1961. The route was earmarked for redevelopment with a light rail system during the 1980s, and was confirmed and funded as part of Metrolink's Phase 3b of expansion in 2006.
- 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
- 6 minute service to East Didsbury with double trams in the peak
Withington & West Didsbury railway station opened in 1880 as "Withington" when the Midland Railway opened its new Manchester South District line out of Manchester Central Station. The station was renamed "Withington & Albert Park" in 1884, and then "Withington & West Didsbury" in 1895.
The Manchester South District line, and consequently Withington & West Didsbury station, closed in July 1961. By the 2000s, the original cobbled station approach road and wall were still visible off Lapwing Lane, and the remains of the station platforms could still be seen at the bottom of the overgrown embankment.
- "Early doors for East Didsbury's new Metrolink line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
- "First passengers travel on tram extension to East Didsbury". Manchester Evening News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
- "Tram line extension is approved". BBC News. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
- "Metrolink: back on track?". BBC Manchester. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
- Sussex, Gay; Helm, Peter (1988). Looking Back at Withington and Didsbury. Timperley: Willow Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 0-946361-25-8.
- "Withington and West Didsbury". Disused Stations: Closed Railway Stations in the UK. Retrieved 27 May 2012.
- "Metrolink - South Manchester line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 19 May 2013.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to West Didsbury Metrolink station.|
- "Map of West Didsbury Metrolink Stop" (PDF). GMPTE. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- Metrolink stop information
- West Didsbury area map
|Preceding station||Manchester Metrolink||Following station|
towards East Didsbury
|East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton Line||
towards Shaw and Crompton
towards East Didsbury
|East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line||
towards Rochdale Town Centre
Line closed, station open
South District Railway
Line and station closed