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Metrolink Capacity Improvement Programme (MCIP)

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In autumn 2017, the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, launched the refreshed Greater Manchester Spacial Framework, which sets out the city-region’s vision to ‘make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and get old.’ One of its ten priorities is to ensure that Greater Manchester has world-class connectivity.

The Greater Manchester Transport Strategy 2040 (2040 Strategy) focuses on how a more integrated and reliable transport system can help to tackle the critical long-term challenges facing the city-region, which includes anticipated population growth, productivity, air pollution, health and social inclusion.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) launched a five-year Delivery Plan in parallel to the release of the 2040 Strategy, which provides an opportunity to ensure that the long-term challenges outlined in the overarching 2040 Strategy are being tackled effectively in the near term, by taking emerging trends and new priorities into account.

The plans are underpinned by TfGM’s transport vision of ‘world class connections that support long-term, sustainable economic growth and access to opportunity for all.’ The vision is supported by four key areas:

  • Supporting sustainable economic growth;
  • Improving quality of life for all;
  • Protecting our environment; and
  • Developing an innovative city-region.

The March 2018 meeting of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), approved funding for the procurement of 27 new trams, works to facilitate a new expanded service pattern via tram depot and power system expansions, and the creation of greater access to that capacity in the form of improved car parking facilities. The Metrolink Capacity Improvement Programme (MCIP) was created to deliver this commitment and the benefits it will bring:

  • Benefit 1: Increased capacity at key growth areas to support sustainable economic growth.
  • Benefit 2: Increased number of people using public transport to contribute to the protection of the environment by reducing emissions.
  • Benefit 3: Maintaining the attractiveness of the Metrolink by providing greater access to the Metrolink network which supports future growth.
  • Benefit 4: Contributing to the attractiveness of Greater Manchester to visit and invest, and a resilient, well connected, transport system.

Several Park & Ride sites have been specifically selected to reflect anticipated demand and to complement proposed service patterns, which in turn will deliver increased passenger capacity. The proposals include expansions of the existing Radcliffe and Whitefield Park & Ride sites and the creation of a new Park & Ride facility adjacent to the Withington Metrolink link stop on the East Didsbury line.

Please see below for some of our current projects.

For further information on the Radcliffe & Whitefield Park & Ride expansions, please contact our Customer Relations team:

Phone: 0161 244 1000
Email: Customer.Relations@tfgm.com


Radcliffe & Whitefield Park & Ride expansions

The objective of these schemes is to increase the capacity at the current Park & Ride sites by expanding the existing decked car parks to allow greater access to the public transport network via Metrolink.

Project outputs

  • Reduction in unsociable parking in the immediate residential area;
  • Increased number of parking spaces, which maintains the attractiveness of Metrolink by providing greater access to the Metrolink network, supporting future growth;
  • Increased capacity at key growth areas to support sustainable economic growth;
  • Contribution to the attractiveness of Greater Manchester to visit and invest, and provide a resilient, well connected, transport system; and
  • Increased patronage and use of public transport, contributing to the protection of the environment by reducing emissions.

The work will increase capacity by:
- Radcliffe - approximately 100 additional parking bays; and
- Whitefield – approximately 120 additional parking bays.

The additional decks to the car parks will be consistent with the existing decks and include CCTV provision, lighting and directional signage.

If the schemes are approved, construction is proposed to begin late summer 2020. In order to safely construct the expansions, the existing Radcliffe and Whitefield car parks will need to be closed during the works, however, the sites will not be closed at the same time.

In addition, TfGM is also exploring the viability of providing a temporary car parking facility during construction of the park and ride expansions, in order to minimise disruption.

Further information

For further information on the Radcliffe & Whitefield Park & Ride expansions, please contact our Customer Relations team:

Phone: 0161 244 1000
Email: Customer.Relations@tfgm.com

Formal planning applications have been submitted to Bury Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC), so you can also make comments on the Radcliffe & Whitefield Park & Ride expansions planning applications via the BMBC planning portal.


Proposed drawings of Radcliffe Park & Ride expansion

Radcliffe P&R (1)

Radcliffe P&R (2)

Radcliffe P&R (3)


Proposed drawings of Whitefield Park & Ride expansion

Whitefield P&R (1)

Whitefield P&R (2)

Whitefield P&R (3)


Withington Park & Ride

Withington Metrolink stop is the third proposed Park and Ride scheme under MCIP. The site is located on Princess Road, M20 1JZ, six stops to the city centre zone, (Deansgate-Castlefield), which is approximately 14 minutes journey time.

The Park and Ride is proposed to deliver circa 200 spaces with a new surface car park. Initial conversations with Manchester City Council (MCC) about the proposal and investigative surveys are being undertaken.

Adjacent to the proposed site, there is a protected nature area, which Metrolink created during the construction of the East Didsbury Metrolink line, which will be retained. As part of the proposed scheme, trees will need be removed to accommodate the Park and Ride, however, they will be replaced at least like-for-like in an alternative location. Surveys are being undertaken with regard to the biodiversity of the site and ongoing discussions regarding offsetting loss of trees are being held with MCC.


Proposed location of Withington Park & Ride

Withington P&R (2)