The plans will affect spectators attending matches at Old Trafford and parking on the far side of the station from the Cricket Ground.
Metrolink advise that due to the reconfiguration of the stop at Old Trafford, access to the area to the south of our stadium will not be possible after games have concluded once the work has been completed (due 1st September 2009).
Firstly the walkway under the stop will no longer exist and passengers for the outbound platform(Altrincham bound) will start to queue on the left hand side at the bottom of Brian Statham Way. Additionally this means that persons who have parked their cars on Ayres Road and Warwick Road South will have no way of getting across to that location via Brian Statham Way, unless they buy a ticket for a tram.
Greater Manchester Integrated Transport Authority (GMITA) and Trafford Council are funding a £1.8 million remodelling of the stop that will make it easier and more comfortable for passengers to use at the busiest times.
Trafford Council’s Planning Development Control Committee approved the proposals at a meeting on Thursday 9 July.
Existing Old Trafford Metrolink Station
The main change will be to close the existing underpass and provide a brand new ‘at-level’ crossing that will let passengers easily switch platforms simply by walking across the tracks – similar to the layout of the G-MEX stop.
The inbound platform (for trams to Manchester) will be moved, providing a staggered layout for the two platforms, the length of both platforms will be doubled, and queuing facilities will be improved with the installation of a new gating system.
Proposed Old Trafford Metrolink Station
Councillor Richard Knowles, Chair of GMITA’s Capital Projects Committee, said: “The Old Trafford stop is one of the busiest on the network on match days – be it cricket or football – and during major events, and that has led to the changes we are making.
“By closing the underpass and creating a new ‘at-level’ crossing point, we’ll make it easier for people to switch platforms and, together with the new queuing system, people will find it much easier to wait for the tram. It’s an exciting project and one that should make Metrolink a more attractive way of getting to the big events in Old Trafford.”
On average, 2,000 passenger journeys are made from or to the Old Trafford stop each day. An extra 7,500 are made when Manchester United have a home game.
Councillor Alan Mitchell, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I’m delighted that we are funding £1.2 million of this scheme, which will bring vast improvements to Old Trafford Metrolink stop. It is vital that we are able to offer high quality public transport options in Trafford, particularly at a location like this which is a gateway to some of the borough’s most high profile attractions and which sees thousands of people pass through every day. These improvements will also help with the regeneration proposals for Lancashire County Cricket Club and the surrounding area.”
The stop will also be refurbished and the new Metrolink identity – incorporating the colours yellow and silver – will be introduced.
The bulk of the work will be done during a month-long closure of the Altrincham and Eccles lines in August. It is one of several major projects that has been scheduled for the closure, during which passengers will be able to use alternative bus services.
There will be essential upgrade work to replace all the overhead electrical cables and some supporting structures and all the stops on the line will be refurbished.
New connections will be built at the Trafford Bar stop to link up with the tram line now under construction to Chorlton, and the new Trafford tram depot.
The track layout at Cornbrook will also be extensively remodelled to accommodate the new MediaCityUK tram service and to provide greater operational flexibility and service availability.
3D Visual Image of Proposed Old Trafford Metrolink Station