Manchester Rail and Tram Network | MIDAS

Latest News

NEWS 22nd March 2017

Direct flights to Beijing stepping up to five times a week

Hainan Airlines is to increase its Manchester to Beijing flight frequency from four to five flights per week from June 1. Hainan says its new Dreamliners could be operating depending on aircraft availability. Loic Gao, Hainan Airlines UK General Manager said: “This added frequency shows Hainan Airlines commitment to the UK market and it responds…

What people are saying

“Manchester has a real pull for businesses to come and set up here.”
David Emery
IBM Vice President for General Business North

Rail

piccadilly station

Most UK cities have direct rail links from Manchester including London which is just over two-hours away. Manchester is at the heart of the Northern Hub, a major railway investment scheme that will see a series of improvements across the North of England rail network that will mean faster and more frequent services with 700 additional trains per day. New investment in regional rail routes means that Liverpool will be reached in just 30 minutes and Leeds in 45 minutes.

Every urban centre in the city region is connected to the city centre by rail or Metrolink. Manchester’s Piccadilly is at the heart of Manchester’s rail network. All journeys from the West Coast of England to London take an average of 2 hours. Virgin Train’s half hourly service from Manchester to London Euston use tilting Pendolino trains which achieve a top speed of 140m.p.h. thus help to cut the journey time and increase freight capacity on the West Coast by 70%.

Metrolink

Metrolink is Manchester’s on-street, light rail transport system offering fast and frequent, fully accessible connections across the city region, 7 days a week, 364 days per year.

Metrolink, being a pioneer for comparable transport schemes around the UK, combines the benefits of traditional tram systems and rail characteristics to provide an effective alternative to getting around for residents, commuters and visitors. Research has suggested that at least 2 million car journeys have been taken off the road each year along the Metrolink corridor.
Around 20 million journeys are made on Metrolink each year.

The network serves 50 stops in and around the city centre, southwards to Altrincham and Chorlton, northwards to Bury and Oldham and westwards to Eccles via Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.

More lines are currently under construction to Rochdale, Ashton-under-Lyne, East Didsbury and Manchester Airport, almost trebling the size of the network by 2016. A second route across Manchester city centre, known as the Second City Crossing or 2CC, is also proposed.

For more information about Manchester’s rail or Metrolink network, please contact MIDAS.

Contact Us

Contact us online or call
+44 (0) 161 237 4470

Related content

NEWS 22nd March 2017

Direct flights to Beijing stepping up to five times a week

Hainan Airlines is to increase its Manchester to Beijing flight frequency from four to five flights per week from June 1. Hainan says its new Dreamliners could be operating depending on aircraft availability. Loic Gao, Hainan Airlines UK General Manager said: “This added frequency shows Hainan Airlines commitment to the UK market and it responds…

NEWS 22nd March 2017

First keynote speakers for Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 announced

  Tony Hall and Jeffrey Dunn have been announced as the first keynote speakers for Children’s Global Media Summit 2017 taking place in Manchester UK, from Monday 4th – Thursday 7th December. The Summit will shape how global media can keep up with the kids while helping grow a better digital world for all of…

See Manchester