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Altrincham

Updated: 10am Sunday 5 July

Bars 🍺, restaurants πŸ” and leisure facilities have reopened in Altrincham and local areas. There is still reduced capacity on public transport due to social distancing measures.

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards.

If you are planning a trip to Altrincham cycle or walk if you can. Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

If you do use public transport, remember you must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. It is your responsibility to provide this, and it can be a simple scarf or bandana. Exemptions include children under the age of 11 and anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one.

Below is a breakdown of the transport information and advice for Altrincham to help you make smart and safe travel choices πŸ‘‡.


Cycling 🚴 - All-day capacity

Walking and cycling trips in Altrincham are on the up from the green of Dunham Massey to the blue of the Bridgewater Canal!

There’s a reason it has been voted the best place to live in the UK.

The Bridgewater Canal connects Stretford, Sale and Timperley to the town centre, and you can cycle from all areas in only 15 – 20 minutes.

From Hale and Bowdon it’s even quicker – 10 minutes!

There is a safe and secure cycling hub in the heart of Altrincham at the Interchange. See the map below for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. Click here for more information.

Further cycling tips can be found here


Travelling before 11am – Available capacity

There are still buses, trams and trains running from Manchester, Stretford, Sale, Hale, Wythenshawe and other areas, but capacity on services is reduced across the whole day for social distancing. Roads around Altrincham have been quieter during this period.

Travel advice

  • Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is reduced to protect social distancing.

  • The Bridgewater Canal connects Stretford, Sale and Timperley to the town centre, you can cycle from all areas in only 15 – 20 minutes.

  • From the Hale and Bowdon areas it’s just a 10-minute cycle journey.

  • There is a cycling hub in the heart of Altrincham at the Interchange to store your bike. Click here for easy access.

  • Before leaving home, plan your journey and allow for extra time. Some bus operators have travel apps and live capacity information.

  • Metrolink is currently running a 10-minute service in this area. Metrolink is quieter before 7am and after 9am Monday to Friday. At the weekend, services begin to get busier from 10am. Click here for more information.

  • If you travel before 7am there is an Early Bird ticketing offer. Click here for more information.

  • For occasional journeys consider taxis and private hire services as an alternative to public transport.


Travelling between 11am and 7pm – Limited capacity and road congestion expected

Public transport passenger numbers and road journeys have increased since 15 June and the busiest part of the day on the network is now in the mid-afternoon leading up to the early evening.

Traffic heading to Altrincham, local areas/attractions and retail outlets has increased, leading to longer journey times and queues. The traffic hotspots are shown on the map below. To avoid being caught in traffic retiming or rerouting your journey could save time behind the wheel - some of the tips below might help also.

Travel advice

  • There are still buses, trams and trains running from Manchester, Stretford, Sale, Hale, Wythenshawe and other areas but capacity on services is reduced across the whole day for social distancing.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker during this period – most local shops and bars/restaurants can be reached with a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute cycle. Leave the car at home, save money on parking and time spent in traffic.

  • For occasional journeys consider taxis and private hire services as an alternative to public transport.

  • If you have to travel, there is a new ticketing offer which provides more flexible travel on Metrolink. Click here for more information.

The below map shows the expected congestion areas on the roads from Saturday 4 July.


Travelling after 7pm and late evening travel advice/service updates

Bars 🍺, restaurants πŸ” and leisure facilities have reopened in Altrincham and the nearby areas of Sale, Urmston and Hale.

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards. Some buses, trams and trains don't operate as late as they used to and many services don't operate after 10pm. πŸ‘‡

Travel advice

If you have to travel by public transport bookmark the below links to plan your route home or follow the taxi/private hire advice:

  • Check your bus 🚌 journey home here
  • Check your tram 🚈 journey home here
  • Check your train πŸš„ journey home here
  • πŸš• Pre-book a private hire or take a taxi. Store taxi and private hire phone numbers/download apps before leaving home.

Service times will change depending on the day - for live bus, tram and train times check here.