West Didsbury tram stop

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Manchester metrolink logo.PNG West Didsbury
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The first Metrolink passenger service
at West Didsbury, 23 May 2013
West Didsbury is located in Manchester_Metrolink
West Didsbury
West Didsbury
Location of West Didsbury in Greater Manchester
Place Didsbury
Local authority Manchester
Coordinates 53°25′33″N 2°14′12″W / 53.425741°N 2.23678°W / 53.425741; -2.23678Coordinates: 53°25′33″N 2°14′12″W / 53.425741°N 2.23678°W / 53.425741; -2.23678
Grid reference SJ842921
Platforms 2
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
Opened 1880
Closed as rail station 1961
Conversion to Metrolink operation 23 May 2013[1]
Former name Withington and Albert Park (1880)
Withington and West Didsbury (1895)
Renamed 1895

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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,[1][2] in West Didsbury, South Manchester, England.[3][4]

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.

Service pattern[edit]

  • 12 minute service to Deansgate-Castlefield with double trams in the peak
  • 12 minute service to East Didsbury with double trams in the peak


Railway station[edit]

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.[5][6]

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.

Metrolink stop[edit]

The West Didsbury Metrolink stop opened on 23 May 2013, on the opposite side of Palatine Road from the original railway station.[1][2][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Early doors for East Didsbury's new Metrolink line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 14 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "First passengers travel on tram extension to East Didsbury". Manchester Evening News. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Tram line extension is approved". BBC News. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Metrolink: back on track?". BBC Manchester. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 17 May 2009. 
  5. ^ Sussex, Gay; Helm, Peter (1988). Looking Back at Withington and Didsbury. Timperley: Willow Publishing. p. 22. ISBN 0-946361-25-8. 
  6. ^ "Withington and West Didsbury". Disused Stations: Closed Railway Stations in the UK. Retrieved 2012-05-27. 
  7. ^ "Metrolink - South Manchester line". Transport for Greater Manchester. Retrieved 19 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceding station   Manchester metrolink logo.PNG Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton Line
Disused railways
Line closed, station open
  Midland Railway
South District Railway
Line and station closed