Busway and Metrolink extension proposed for Manchester Airport transport hub

Improved transport links to Manchester Airport, including a new bus and cycleway to Altrincham and improved east-west Metrolink connections, are among the proposals due to be submitted by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to the Government.

TfGM and Manchester City Council were granted £2.6m by the Department for Communities and Local Government to develop its growth strategy report in autumn last year, and will now be submitted to the DCLG following approval by the GMCA.

The strategy is due to be discussed at a meeting on Friday, and includes a number of recommendations to improve connectivity between the airport, the city centre and the rest of Greater Manchester.

One potential option put forward is the Western Loop Metrolink extension, which will link the planned HS2 station at Manchester Airport to Wythenshawe Hospital and the surrounding area.

The GMCA has also put forward proposals including a busway and cycleway that would link Altrincham with the airport’s HS2 station, while more buses will benefit from bus priority lanes on the existing road network. Local cycle networks to and from the airport will also be improved.

Existing platforms at the airport’s railway station would also need to be lengthened to accommodate longer trains to increase capacity.

The report also suggests a raft of road network improvements, including connecting the HS2 station with the M56; a new link road from the HS2 station to the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road; junction improvements at Styal Road and Finney Lane; and capacity enhancements on the M56 at junctions 5 and 6.

The proposals follow proposals for improvements in and around Manchester Piccadilly station, with a new underground railway station the council’s preferred option.

In a report to Manchester City Council’s executive, it was proposed that a new station could be built underneath the existing Piccadilly mainline station, which will host HS2 services from 2033. The new facility would be fully integrated into the existing station.

Other plans to further integrate transport at Piccadilly include a potential relocation of Manchester’s coach services to a new facility at Piccadilly, which would “provide a more direct route to the motorway network”.

There are also plans to increase Metrolink capacity across the city centre, which could be through tunnelled services and investment in the local rail network, subject to further feasibility assessments.

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They need to get a move on with the Handforth link road to the Airport and the junction improvements on the A34 before they start considering more roadworks. This area is completely conjested with traffic and in fact the works seems to be on a stop start basis.

By ACynical

Awesome! The infrastructure around Manchester Airport is pretty good at the moment but it’s going to be incredible with HS2, Metrolink extension, the new relief roads and the expansion/re-building of the airport itself!

By Soya

There are still large towns in GM which don’t have Metrolink.Bolton and Stockport with combined populations of over half a million people for example.Surely this needs to be a priority over more links at the airport?

By Elephant

The French had 186 mph trains in 1979! They could have it built for us in a few years, not by 2033!

By Christopher Bingham

Can we not have an improved service from the airport by putting bigger trams on that go direct to Rochdale Bury and Ashton without having to change trams.
TfGM just spent £167 million and the airport route was extended another tram stop from Cornbrook to Deansgate

By Liam O'Rourke

Nothing again for swinton and Pendlebury

By John ashurst

Swinton, Urmston, Reddish, Dukinfield, Farnworth – ignored.
Even the area between Altrincham and the Airport currently has appallingly bad bus service. The 42A and 42B don’t operate in the evenings. Why not try fixing the simple bits before spending so much on a busway? Why is everything subject to study when it’s common sense? Deprivatise the buses and invest properly in the city. It’s not rocket science to take until the 2030s!

By Help Mancunians

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