Chorlton tram stop

Chorlton is a stop on the South Manchester Line (SML) and Airport Line of the Metrolink light-rail system in Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, England. It was built as part of Phase 3a of the network's expansion, and opened on 7 July 2011 on a section of the former Cheshire Lines Committee railway.[1]

Metrolink station
Chorlton Metrolink station - 2011-07-16.jpg
The rebuilt stop, shortly after opening
LocationChorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester
Coordinates53°26′34″N 2°16′24″W / 53.4427°N 2.2734°W / 53.4427; -2.2734Coordinates: 53°26′34″N 2°16′24″W / 53.4427°N 2.2734°W / 53.4427; -2.2734
Grid referenceSJ819940
Line(s)South Manchester Line
Other information
StatusIn operation
Fare zone2
Opened1 January 1880
Original companyCheshire Lines Committee
Pre-groupingCheshire Lines Committee
Post-groupingCheshire Lines Committee
London Midland Region of British Railways
Key dates
2 January 1967Closed as a rail station
7 July 2011Conversion to Metrolink operation
Chorlton is located in Manchester_Metrolink
Location within Manchester_Metrolink


Railway stationEdit

Chorlton-cum-Hardy railway station opened on 1 January 1880 by the Midland Railway on the Manchester South District Railway. It later became Cheshire Lines Committee and closed on 2 January 1967 as part of the Beeching Axe,[2] though the line through Fallowfield remained open to freight until the 1980s. Until the mid-20th century the station yard supplied coal to the district.[3] Land to the north-east of the track originally acquired for the purpose of doubling it was eventually sold off for development.

The station was mentioned in the 1964 song "Slow Train" by Flanders and Swann, which was written to lament the loss of stations resulting from the Beeching cuts:

No churns, no porter, no cat on a seat,
At Chorlton-cum-Hardy or Chester-le-Street.

Chorlton station was subsequently demolished and a Morrisons (originally Safeway) supermarket and car park built in its place, although the track bed remained extant to the side of the supermarket and part of one of the platforms survives next to the supermarket building. The derelict line became overgrown until 2001, when the track bed of the old Fallowfield Loop Line branch running east of Chorlton towards Alexandra Park and Fallowfield was converted to the Fallowfield Loop cycle track. The route is run by Sustrans and forms part of Routes 6 and 60 of the National Cycle Network.[4][5] The remaining Cheshire Lines Committee lines from Chorlton from Manchester Central towards Disbury remained disused and overgrown for another 10 years.

The former Fallowfield loop line

Manchester Metrolink stationEdit

Proposals to link Chorlton to a light rail system had been put forward since the 1980s,[6] but remained unfunded for over 20 years. The extension that was originally proposed would have taken over the disused tracks 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 the extension to St Werburgh's Road.[7] 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) was completed with funding from national and local government.[8][9][10]

Construction of the line began in April 2009 and it opened in July 2011.[1] The first services towards East Didsbury began in June 2013.


Chorlton is served by the three lines; Rochdale to East Didsbury, Shaw and Crompton to East Didsbury and Victoria to Manchester Airport. Each line operates at a frequency of one tram every 12 minutes providing a combined frequency of approximately one tram every 4 minutes in both directions. On the Rochdale to East Didsbury line, the last evening north-bound services (the last 2–3 dependent on day of week) terminate at Manchester Victoria.[11]

Before the East Didsbury extension was completed in May 2013, southeast bound services terminated at St Werburgh's Road. An extension from there to Manchester Airport was opened on 3 November 2014. St Werburgh's road acts as the interchange station for services between the East Didsbury and Manchester Airport forks of the line. Northbound trams from Manchester Airport terminate at Victoria station.

Service patternEdit

Connecting bus routesEdit

Chorlton station is served by several bus services either outside the stop or in Chorlton centre. Stagecoach Manchester service 85 both stop outside the stop and run eastbound to Manchester the 85 terminates nearby at Chorlton bus station. Stagecoach/service 168 also stops outside and runs from Chorlton to Ashton-under-Lyne via Fallowfield, Longsight, Gorton and Droylsden. M travel service 276, which also stops outside, runs to Withington Community Hospital and to Trafford General Hospital via Stretford.

Other services that stop nearby are Stagecoach service 24, which runs to Stockport and MediaCityUK, Stagecoach services 23/23A/25, which also run to Trafford Centre and Stockport, and Stagecoach service 86, which runs to Manchester.[12]



  1. ^ a b "Metrolink's new Chorlton line opens for business". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2011.
  2. ^ Price, Bevan; Wright, Paul (16 May 2009). "Disused Stations Site Record: Chorlton-cum-Hardy". Retrieved 10 December 2009.
  3. ^ Burton, Nick (ed.) (199-) Chorlton cum Hardy and Stretford, 1905. (Old Ordnance Survey maps. Lancashire sheet 111.10) Gateshead: Alan Godfrey (includes historical survey and extracts from Slater's directory, 1910) (Chorlton was not part of the City of Manchester until 1904.)
  4. ^ "Fallowfield Loopline". Sustrans. Archived from the original on 29 March 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Friends of the Fallowfield Loop". Retrieved 14 March 2013.
  6. ^ Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (1984), Light Rapid Transit in Greater Manchester, GMPTE – publicity brochure
  7. ^ "Metrolink extension is announced". BBC News. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2008.
  8. ^ Linton, Deborah (13 May 2009). "£1.4bn transport deal unveiled". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  9. ^ "Tram line extension is approved". BBC News. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  10. ^ "Metrolink: back on track?". BBC Manchester. 13 May 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2009.
  11. ^ "Metrolink – Tram Times – Chorlton". Metrolink. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  12. ^ "Transport for Greater Manchester – Journey Planning – Network Maps". Transport for Greater Manchester. Archived from the original on 2 November 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995) The Directory of Railway Stations. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens. ISBN 1-85260-508-1

External linksEdit

Preceding station     Manchester Metrolink   Following station
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Shaw and Crompton Line
towards East Didsbury
East Didsbury – Rochdale Town Centre Line
Manchester Airport – Victoria Line
towards Victoria
Manchester Airport - Deansgate-Castlefield Line
Disused railways
Manchester Central
Line and station closed
  Great Central Railway
Fallowfield Loop
  Wilbraham Road
Line and station closed
  Midland Railway
South District Railway
  Withington and West Didsbury
Line and station closed