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Old Trafford Metrolink station is a station on the Metrolink light rail network in Greater Manchestermarker, Englandmarker, UKmarker. Is located on Warwick Road and Elsinore Road and serves Firswoodmarker, Old Traffordmarker and Stretfordmarker.

It is adjacent to Old Trafford Cricket Groundmarker (home of Lancashire County Cricket Club) and only a short walk from the Manchester United Stadiummarker. As a result, Old Trafford Station regularly faces heavy usage from the crowds attending cricket and football matches and concerts. Crowd control operations often involve the use of turnstiles.

History

A station here was opened by the Manchester South Junction and Altrincham Railway (MSJAR) just north of the present station between 5 May 1857 and 17 October 1857 as Exhibition to serve the Manchester Art Treasures Exhibition. It was adapted and reopened as Cricket Ground in 1862 for use every year thereafter on match days only.

The station opened for special events, such as the Royal Agricultural Society Exhibition in 1869, and again (with new platforms) between May and October 1887 for the Royal Jubilee Exhibition in Stretford Royal Botanical Gardens, held to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria. From 1887 until 1963 it operated as a four-platform station. It was renamed Cricket Ground (Old Trafford) and continued to open on match days only until 1910 when it became Cricket and Football Grounds following the opening of Manchester United's ground.

Old Trafford station in 1988, prior to conversion to Metrolink
On 11 May 1931, following the electrification of the MSJAR, the station was renamed Warwick Road and was open daily. It was also referred to as Warwick Road (Old Trafford) on early tickets, timetables, etc. Warwick Road closed as a British Rail station on 24 December 1991 for conversion to light rail operation, and reopened as a Metrolink station on 15 June 1992.

Future

An average of 2,000 passenger journeys are made per day to or from Old Trafford stop, but this can rise to 9,500 on a match day. In order to manage the crowds more effectively, the station is to be rebuilt. The pedestrian underpass is to be closed and passengers will instead cross the tram line to change platforms. The platforms themselves will be rearranged into a staggered layout by moving the northbound platform (for trams into Manchester), and both platforms will be doubled in length. A new gating system is to be installed and the station is to be redecorated with the new yellow and silver Metrolink corporate identity.

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