Manchester Airport railway
station is the railway
station that serves Manchester Airport and is built into the airport's terminal
The station was opened together with the second
airport terminal in 1993.
station is situated 9¾ miles (16 km) south of Manchester
Piccadilly at the end of a short branch from Piccadilly to
Wilmslow Line. It is accessed via a triangular junction
located between Heald Green and Styal.
The station platforms are connected by escalator, elevator, ramps
and an elevated covered walkway (known as the "Sky Link") to the
airport terminal buildings in which a manned railway ticket office
is situated. Throughout the airport complex, the railway station is
known as "The Station"
and is signposted
In December 2008 a third rail platform opened after a year of
construction and a total cost of £15 million. It will allow for
extra rail capacity and increasing passenger demand. Arriva Trains Wales are planning to
extend some of their Llandudno to Manchester Piccadilly services to here.
and First TransPennine
) are the two current franchise holders that
serve Manchester Airport. They operate services between the airport and
Crewe (for connections to Southern England); Manchester Piccadilly;
various destinations throughout Northern England and, since December 2007,
Central and Edinburgh Waverley via Carlisle.
There is a frequent service from the airport to Manchester
Piccadilly. Services also operate during the night to
Manchester Piccadilly and beyond including York; Doncaster; Sheffield; Scotland and Blackpool North.
There are currently nine trains per hour to Manchester Piccadilly.
no long distance services to the airport from the south; a service
from Manchester Airport to Skegness via Derby previously operated but was cut back to Crewe due to poor passenger numbers.
were drawn up in the 1990s for a direct western rail link to the
airport, achieved by linking the Chester
line to the Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester
Airport line. However, these plans failed to materialise.
It is planned to extend the Manchester Metrolink
light rail network
to Manchester Airport as part of Phase 3 of the Metrolink expansion
project. Under current proposals, a branch of the Metrolink South
Manchester line would connect the airport station via tram lines
through Wythenshawe and Chorlton to Manchester City Centre. A new
Metrolink station would be constructed immediately adjacent to the
Following a period of uncertainty due to funding
, the plans were finally given the go-ahead in May
confirmed route will not complete the full airport loop as
proposed, but trams will run along the northern route via Wythenshawe.
Completion of the western side of the loop
would be subject to further funding in a later project.
- BBC NEWS | UK | Train services to be cut
- - map of the proposed network expansion