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Mosley Street was a tram stop in the City Zone (now Zone 1) of Greater Manchester's Metrolink light rail system which closed on 18 May 2013. It was located on Mosley Street in Manchester city centre and was unique to Metrolink in that it was unidirectional, with a single platform serving southbound passengers travelling towards Altrincham Interchange, Eccles Interchange, MediaCityUK and St Werburgh's Road only.

Mosley Street
Mosley Street Metrolink station closed.jpg
The former station site. The passenger information display at the end of the platform tells passengers whether to go to Market Street or Piccadilly Gardens for trams to Altrincham.
Mosley Street is located in Manchester_Metrolink
Mosley Street
Mosley Street
Location of Mosley Street in Greater Manchester
PlaceManchester city centre
Local authorityManchester
Coordinates53°28′51″N 2°14′20″W / 53.4808°N 2.2390°W / 53.4808; -2.2390Coordinates: 53°28′51″N 2°14′20″W / 53.4808°N 2.2390°W / 53.4808; -2.2390
Grid referenceSJ842982
Fare zone information
Metrolink ZoneD (City)
Present statusClosed
Original operatorMetrolink
Opened27 April 1992 (1992-04-27)
Closed18 May 2013

Mosley Street tram stop opened on 27 April 1992, as part of Phase 1 of Metrolink's construction. The only remaining example in the City Zone, it was designed with a varied height platform, partly full-height with ramped lower sections. When a service was worked by two coupled T-68 vehicles, the rear vehicle extended mechanical steps to allow access at the low-platform sections - a feature absent in the newer M5000 vehicles.


Mosley Street Metrolink station under construction in 1990

Following the 2009 City Centre Track Upgrade Project, all other Metrolink street-level stops in the City Zone were rebuilt to full platform height. This change was carried out to remove the need for retractable steps, which were proving technically problematic (the new fleet of M5000 trams had been built without retractable steps). The new platforms can also accommodate double-length vehicles.

The station in use in 2010.

Mosley Street was the only tram stop in Manchester not upgraded. A review of the stop's future was conducted and found that the stop could cause congestion for trams at the Piccadilly delta junction when additional services are implemented. The report also noted that the tight confines around the stop location meant that rebuilding the platform to the new specifications would impact on pedestrian flows and access to adjacent retail establishments.

With two other Metrolink stops in close proximity (Piccadilly Gardens, 160 metres (520 ft), and Market Street), the expense of a platform upgrade was not considered to be economically or operationally justifiable. The decision was taken in February 2010 to close the stop.[1]

A passenger information display was installed at Mosley Street in May 2013, showing the next Altrincham-bound trams from Piccadilly Gardens and Market Street stops.[2]

Mosley Street tram stop closed on 18 May 2013 following the departure at 00:51 of the last tram, on a service to Altrincham.[3]


  1. ^ Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Mosley Street closes - British Trams Online News". Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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towards Altrincham
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Altrincham – Piccadilly Line
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towards Eccles
Eccles – Piccadilly Line
St Werburgh's Road – Rochdale Railway Station Line
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