3 November saw the opening of Manchester Metrolink’s latest line, the 14.5 long Airport Line which connects Cornbrook with the airport, via Chorlton, Sale, Baguley and Whythenshawe.
What is noticeable about this extension is that it opened more than a year ahead of schedule (!). The end-to-end journey takes 45 min to complete with services running between Cornbrook and the aiport every 12 min. The stretch uses a mix of street and segregated alignment. Interchanges are provided at St. Werburgh’s Road, Trafford Bar and Cornbrook. The Airport Line will reach Victoria when the Second City Crossing is finished in 2017.
With this new line, Manchester’s Metrolink network grows to have 7 lines, 92 stops and 92.5 km of extension. It is as of 2014 the by far largest tramway network in the UK.