Manchester Metrolink Map

Where does Manchester Metrolink actually go?

This is a Google Map, overlaying the routes and station locations of Manchester’s Metrolink tram system on an actual map, rather than the rather random schematic diagrams regularly used by TfGM. The point being that if you know where a place is, and want to know how close the Metrolink goes, the diagram is not very helpful since it gives no clue as to the directions the lines take in reality. For a better designed graphic style Metrolink map I would suggest the far clearer one here, which also has the decency to give some consideration to the points of the compass.

The overlay below shows the current lines and the lines due to open in the future. You can click on the lines or stations for further details. Please note that not all lines are current – several are still in the proposal or development stages – click the line to check its status!

Please leave any comments or questions below, and if you wish to see the map directly in Google Maps it can be found here (the linked version also includes a complete alphabetic list of stations linked to the map).

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  1. Thomas says:

    This is incredibly useful, thankyou.
    Obviously it would be far too helpful for TFGM to provide a geographic map.
    Good work.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for the compliment Thomas. I’ve just updated the dates for the Oldham line, since it was orignally due to open Spring 2011, and it clearly isn’t open yet!

    2. Bill Bowdren says:

      Very useful for planning a future group walk along Clayton Vale, as I can now see where the stops are.

  2. Tony says:

    Great stuff, thanks for publishing this.
    I’ll be visiting Manchester for two days, arriving on Sunday night.
    I looked on the Metrolink website which to be fair was excellent at providing me with a journey planner from Manchester Piccadilly to Salford Quays. So far so good!
    Then I noticed that link to engineering works taking place this weekend 29/30 October.
    Looking in there it is telling me which lines are subject to closures, but it is not apparent to a non-local visitor which lines are which!
    As for the TGM map layout I think you get what you pay for in this world and if you give the job to the Saturday boy then you should not be surprised if you get a result which lacks real world usefulness……
    Maybe someone thought they should make it look something like the London Underground map which although a design icon (Apparently!) is about as much use as a chocolate teapot to visitors when it comes to geographically locating underground stations in relation to real world locations.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks Tony, glad it was useful and I hope you enjoy your visit to Manchester. I was in Salford Quays on Wednesday, and it’s looking pretty impressive with the new developments (plus I’ve been a fan of Booths supermarkets for a while and now we have the Manchester branch over there!).

      To be fair, I quite like the tube map, and I feel that if a system has reached that level of complexity then a simplified, easy to use schematic diagram is of great value. But the Metrolink is far less complicated than the tube, and anyway, if you do want a schematic diagram it’s possible to make a far clearer one, like the project mapping one I’ve linked to above.

  3. admin says:

    It appears that rather late in the day the Manchester Evening News has discovered Andrew Smithers’ map diagram (as linked to in the main post)

  4. admin says:

    It has been pointed out that the tram lines and stations can also be viewed on the Open Street Map here:
    http://www.openstreetmap.org/

  5. Nina says:

    Thank you so very much for this, it has made my househunting a lot easier :)

  6. Stephen Patterson says:

    This is much more useful than he official map, thanks :)

    Couple of corrections:
    * Mosley Street closed early 2013
    * The current (June 2013) metrolink map doesn’t show Trafford Park, though this may be a matchdays only stop.

    1. admin says:

      Hi Stephen,

      Thanks for the comment. I’ve removed Mosley as you suggest. Slightly confused about your mention of Trafford Park, which is a railway station and not on the metrolink network?

  7. sam says:

    I just thought i’d let you know that the extension to manchester airport is 1yr ahead of schedule and will be open by the end of the year now :)

    Source: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/video-manchester-airport-metrolink-line-7300833

    The second city link schedule hasn’t changed though.

    1. admin says:

      Thanks for the heads-up Sam. I’ve updated the map accordingly.

  8. Adie says:

    can you send me the kmz file?

    1. admin says:

      Hi Adie,

      You’re very welcome to the KML file. First, link through to the version on Google Maps itself, which has now been “upgraded” to the new maps engine format (which I am not a fan of). In the info-panel you should see some share icons. Presently the right-most one is the three linked dots (“ShareThis” icon) and clicking it will give you a download kml option. Of course the KML can easily be converted to KMZ.

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