Today saw the the opening of the first leg of the Metrolink’s South Manchester line, as far as St Werburgh’s Road via Firswood and Chorlton. We couldn’t resist taking a ride up the line this evening.
We boarded the tram at Trafford Bar, the last station the service from Victoria stops at on the Altrincham line before branching off.Riding all the way up to St Werburgh’s Road, we finally learned how to pronounce “Werburgh” (hard ‘g’ at the end, according to the recorded announcements on the tram).
From the station, trams run on to the current official end of the line (although tracks run on further towards the future extensions to East Didsbury and the Airport), before swapping tracks for the journey back to Victoria.
Stations on the new line have realtime travel information:
From here, we hopped back to Chorlton for a look at what is set to be the busiest station on the current route, situated next to the Morrisons supermarket in the centre of the village.
We didn’t have time to stop off at Firswood too, so from Chorlton it was straight back to straight back towards the city centre for us.