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Trafford

Updated: 7am Thursday 15 April

The busiest time to travel in Trafford is 3pm - 6pm.

This is a period of the day when demand is higher - more people are travelling and there may be limited space on buses, tram, trains and on the roads.

⬇️ Use the information and advice below to help you avoid the busiest times in Trafford. Travelling at a different time or a different way may help you and others.


🟠 Between 8am and 9am - Busy

If you can, avoid travelling during this period.

There will be less space on all public transport services and the roads, so if you can be flexible then avoid travelling during these times.

πŸ”΄ Since 12 April Metrolink services on the Altrincham line towards Manchester have been over capacity between 8am -9am.

🟒 Travel before 8am or after 9am for quieter Metrolink services.


πŸ”΄ Between 3pm and 6pm - Busy

⚠️ There may not be space available on some buses, trams and trains with social distancing in place, so you may have to wait longer for a service. Re-time your journey to avoid this busy period if possible.

🟒 To avoid being caught in traffic, re-time or re-route your journey to save yourself being stuck behind the wheel. Always plan your route before your journey.

🚢 Walking for shorter trips or part of your journey is encouraged during this time period.

There is a fantastic new website where you can easily navigate the walking and cycling options from your own home and postcode. Click here for further information

If you are heading to Altrincham town centre there is a dedicated travel advice page here detailing the best times to travel and shop and alternatives.


🟒 Cycling 🚴 and walking 🚢 - All-day capacity!

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

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

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

Explore your neighbourhood 🚢 🚴

There is a fantastic new website where you can easily navigate the walking and cycling options from your own home and postcode. Click here for further information