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Great News From Metrolink: New Track Opens Early

Sth Mcr extension to East Didsbury opens on 23 May

Published on May 14th 2013.

Great News From Metrolink: New Track Opens Early

THIS is excellent news from Metrolink. Especially for those who love a trip to Burton Road for the eclectic food and drink delights of indie central. It's also good news for those who crave a little Didsbury village action. 

The first tram will leave the East Didsbury stop at 5.49am on Thursday and journeys from East Didsbury to the city will take less than half an hour.

The new Metrolink line to East Didsbury will open to passenger service on Thursday 23 May – several months ahead of schedule.

The 4.4km (2.7 miles) extension to the existing South Manchester line has five new stops, with services calling at Withington, Burton Road, West Didsbury, Didsbury Village and East Didsbury.

A 300-space park and ride facility – free to use for Metrolink passengers – will be available at the East Didsbury stop.

The first tram will leave the East Didsbury stop at 5.49am on Thursday and journeys from East Didsbury to the city will take less than half an hour.

Services will run every 12 minutes all day Monday to Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays and bank holidays (15 minutes at all other times).

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to announce the opening of this new line several months earlier than we expected.

“It’s something that I, personally, have been promoting for more than 30 years, but for it to be complete so far ahead of schedule is a wonderful achievement, and my thanks for that go to TfGM, our local authority partners and, of course, our contractor, MPT."

Tickets between East Didsbury and Withington will cost £1.80 for a peak ‘anytime’ single and £2.60 for a peak ‘anytime’ return.

The same tickets from stops between East Didsbury and Withington to stops between St Werburgh’s Road and Firswood will cost £2.10 and £3.60 respectively. Journeys between neighbouring stops will start at £1.30 for a single.

Tickets from East Didsbury to all stops in Manchester city centre (up to and including Manchester Victoria) will cost £3.40 and £5.40 respectively, while an off-peak return will cost £3.80.

A range of weekly, four-weekly, quarterly and annual season tickets will offer even greater value.

The extension brings the total size of the Metrolink network to 73.4km (45.6 miles).

By the time new lines to Ashton (winter 2013/14), Oldham and Rochdale town centres (2014), and Manchester Airport via Wythenshawe (2016) are complete, the network will serve 92 stops and cover 95km (59 miles): more than three times the original 30km (18.5-mile) network that opened in 1992.

A further line – a second, 1.6km (1 mile) route through Manchester city centre, with an additional stop at Exchange Square – is also being progressed.

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16 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousMay 15th 2013.

A weekly bus pass from didsbury to town is only £12.50. Metrolink is more expensive, less frequent and not alot faster which makes it a shame they aren't more competitive about their pricing.

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IanMay 15th 2013.

If given a choice of tram or bus from Didsbury to town, it would be the tram every time. Much better journey

Stephen LakeMay 15th 2013.

But if you take the tram then there's zero chance of crossing paths with 'Crazy Bus Lady'......who's going to rant about scientologists and the masons. Any volunteers?

Manc GuyMay 15th 2013.

Trams will out-price the scrotes every time.

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AnonymousMay 16th 2013.

Class war rides again in ManCon. What prefume do you use to mask the smell?

Manc GuyMay 16th 2013.

Where do you drive to in your car ANON? Work, shopping, cinema?

Graeme WrightMay 16th 2013.

The people who are looking forward to using trams to and from Didsbury have obviously not used peak time trams or public transport in general before or perhaps enjoy being squashed into a speeding, rickety metal shell like a sardine

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IanMay 16th 2013.

What if they are looking forward to using them off peak?

Manc GuyMay 16th 2013.

"or perhaps enjoy being squashed into a speeding, rickety metal shell like a sardine"...yeah, the jos of car travel.

DavidMay 16th 2013.

Jesus, try being positive, people! Massive welcome boost to the area. Well done Metrolink.

Jonathan SchofieldMay 16th 2013.

David, it astonishes me how from a wholly positive development such as this people can manage to extract a negative or two. Graeme, there will be two or three trams a day into town and the same number out of town that will be packed. This is excellent news all round.

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Richard HJMay 16th 2013.

kill the metal horse! bring back the old ways.

IanMay 16th 2013.

Agreed - It will definitely ease congestion

Pedro1874May 16th 2013.

Love them! We are driving less and less. £4.40 return to the city, every 12 mins, from Rochdale - offpeak. None of those obscene parking charges. As an individual, you can travel anywhere on the network from 6pm Friday to the last tram on Sunday for just £5.50 with a Weekend Travelcard

JamiePastillesMay 19th 2013.

These trams will be rammed! I get the tram from St Werburgh's Road and the tram is full, people at Chorlton (the next stop) struggle to fit on. How on earth they think they can fit passengers from 5 new stops on without increasing the frequency from only every 12 mins I'm not sure!

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AnonymousMay 19th 2013.

Double trams?

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