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AJ Bell stadium travel advice

Advice for fans travelling to watch Sale Sharks and Salford Reds

The AJ Bell Stadium in Salford is the home of Sale Sharks rugby union and Salford Reds rugby league teams.

The state of the art stadium, built in 2012, has a capacity of 11,500.

The rugby union season runs from September to May and you can check Sale Shark’s fixtures on their website.

Games at the stadium are generally on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

The travel advice on this page should help you to plan your journey and make travel easier.

The road and motorway network around the stadium can get busy as there are other large venues (Trafford Centre and Old Trafford) close by.
Fans travelling to the AJ Bell Stadium are advised to plan their journeys and allow additional time to get to and from the game.


Useful maps


Roads

The AJ Bell Stadium is located off J11 of the M60.

Please be aware this section of the motorway is generally busy as the Trafford Centre, MUFC Old Trafford and other venues are located nearby.
Journey times can at times be extended and fans are advised to allow extra time when travelling to and from the game.

A brand new road bridge and highway has been constructed and is now open providing direct access to the stadium via Trafford Park. [map of road bridge]

If you are driving from the Sale, Altrincham and Stockport areas it is advised that you avoid the M60 and instead use local roads and the A57 via Warburton Bridge (toll applies). (cost) This is a longer route but is considerably quicker and will allow you to get to the stadium early and enjoy the pre-match entertainment. This is a free flowing route compared to the M60 which can be congested.

Sale Sharks are providing a free shuttle bus from Morson International before and after the game which will take around 15 mins. You need to register to park at Morson International as spaces are limited.

The stadium address is:
AJ Bell Stadium
1 Stadium Way
Barton-upon-Irwell
Salford
M30 7EY
(sat nav M30 7LJ)

If you cannot avoid driving to the match you can car share and help reduce the overall number of vehicles on the road. Parking is available around the ground at certain locations. [map of stadium and car park].
Follow @OfficialTfGM for live travel information throughout the day.


The nearest Metrolink stop is Eccles which is approximately two miles from the stadium.
You can catch a tram every 12 minutes from the St Peter’s Square, Piccadilly Gardens or Piccadilly Station city centre tram stops towards Eccles and the journey takes around 35 minutes depending on where you board. All stops are fully accessible.
The number 67 bus operates from Eccles Metrolink stop along Liverpool Road and stops adjacent to the stadium.
- Find your stop using the Metrolink network map.

Tickets


Bus

A free shuttle service will operate from stand A from the Trafford Centre bus station approximately two hours prior to kick-off.
If you are travelling by bus to the AJ Bell Stadium you can catch the following services from the city centre direct to the ground: 67 and 100 both operating from Shudehill providing a service ever 15 mins.
You can plan your bus journey by using the TfGM journey planner.
- Bus operators will always have the latest information about their services. Follow them on Twitter or get their contact details in advance @FirstManchester.


Train

Manchester is well served by rail, with services running into both Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria.
Fans can connect to onward tram services from both stations. If you’re travelling into the city centre by rail you can purchase a Metrolink add-on to your rail ticket allowing onward travel to the stadium by tram.
The nearest rail stations to the AJ Bell Stadium are Irlam and Patricroft. For both stations onward connection is available by walking to Liverpool Road and taking the number 67 bus.
The following companies operate into Manchester:
- Northern
- TransPennine Express
- Virgin Trains
- Cross Country
- Arriva Trains Wales
- East Midlands
Be sure to plan ahead and check train times on the National Rail website before you travel.
National Rail will always have the latest information on rail services. Follow them on Twitter in advance of your journey @nationalrailenq.


Making travel easier

TfGM is aiming to make travel easier by:

  • Providing additional support on social media channels @OfficialTfGM and @MCRMetrolink for live travel information throughout the day
  • Enhanced monitoring at its network control centre so traffic flows can be optimised by altering signal timings
  • Providing travel advice and easy to follow maps for all home fixtures

Accessibility

Greater Manchester has a good public transport network. The accessibility of services is improving, but some parts of the network contain obstacles for disabled people.
We have a dedicated webpage to help those with accessibility issues.